Often, when I’m out and about in my 1929 Austin 12, folks ask me if it’s my next project.
Now this is understandable, seeing as there’s rust on the wings, the roof has faded in the sun and the interior trim reveals its stuffing in places visible to the naked eye.
The thing is that my car hasn’t seen any significant restoration for a good many years and so, to many people used seeing ancient vehicles at shows and in museums, it is in need of a thorough restoration.
Guess what? I disagree.
A classic vehicle,if safe and running well, should wear its age with pride. After all, a vehicle is only original once.
Rip out that lovely worn leather, replace the steering wheel and repaint that faded body and the years of witness marks, made by countless users are lost.
Every classic vehicle is in itself an archive to be appreciated. It’s history of use is precious and owners should think very carefully before committing to full restorations.
Service it and repair it, yes. But don’t destroy that glorious patina.
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