Classic cars are big business these days, but aside from the costs associated with buying and maintaining them, they are impractical and unsafe to be used as daily drivers. That means that most expensive classics end up being stored in garages and being carefully rolled out on sunny days for a quick wash and polish before heading back inside waiting for their values to go up.

Motorcar manufacturers didn’t take long to see the potential benefits of bringing out modern cars with design traits that echoed famous earlier models. Activating that nostalgia gland would surely have customers queuing up at the dealerships, right?

Well, yes and no. There have been some truly inspiring retro revivals and a few rather poor ones. We take a look at some of the very best and worst as well as the aftermarket specialists who are taking classic car modifying to the next level.