Thoughts on Restorations

Restoration (noun): The process of repairing or renovating a building, work of art, etc., so as to restore it to its original condition.

Over the weekend I was talking to a friend about my write ups of cars on the market and they asked why I was somewhat critical of some cars and forgiving of others.  I thought about it and decided I am usually critical of cars that are described as restored but lack the level of details in their description a restored car should have, and I’m easy on cars that are just, well… used cars.  I guess I’m also critical of cars where the ‘restorer’ should have been more sympathetic to the originality of the car, and work done would better be described as customization, modernization or some such, than restoration.

Henrik sent me this picture with the note: “Check out the fog lights”.  I also noted the ‘eyelids’ on the headlights. This is a car that, if it turned up in project form to be restored, requires some particular skills, including appreciation for the history of the car.  Restoration would likely be defined as returning it to the historically significant form seen above rather than it’s as-new form.

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