resto-mod vs. originality

Restomod vehicles are classic cars that have been restored using modern components to enhance their performance, safety, comfort and beauty. In short, restored old bodies modified using new technology. “Restoration” is when a vehicle is restored exactly to the original condition as when it left the manufacturer’s assembly line. The term “modified” has been a dirty word in the minds of purists who want no part of anything that wasn’t factory original. A collector car or a rare vintage, regardless of condition, is worth more in its original state that if modified, and usually modifications of any kind result in points taken off at car shows and dollars taken off the value of the car. But it seems as though the times are changing. In the last few years modification has been more and more popular especially in Detroit cars  like the Ford Mustang. Note: Reno Mustang Car Club will be hosting the Restomods in Reno show June 7,8,9.

Now to counter this Restomod trend, there’s a trending appreciation for cars that have been preserved rather than restored. As McKeel Hagerty of Hagerty Insurance points out,  “A car can be original only once,” saying, such cars are motorized time capsules and are being sought “like jewels” by automotive collectors. Unless the car was owned by someone famous, has a documented history, or is exceptionally rare and expensive, it will cost more to restore than it’s worth. Originality has been a growing trend in the last decade here in America but European car enthusiasts have always believed that a car’s condition helps tell its story…those romantics.

PaySAFE posts this question: Is original better?  

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