Classic Cars – Perfect or Patina?
It’s a simple choice… or is it?
Do you like to see your classic cars looking as perfect as the day they left the showroom or showing the battle scars of many years of usage?
We’d love to hear your view…
Torn here, Iove the factory fresh look but something that wears its use well is great. Perhaps not so Patinated as the RH Jag
Thanks Nigel… and for being our first responder on this page!
I don’t mind some reasonable patina on cars that show its age, that it has a story and has been enjoyed. Not to the extent that the car looks neglected, not the rat look for me.
Saying that I won’t be going for the patina look on my cars! Leave that for others.
Nice one Sparky. Cheers, A.
My Dart was so far gone that total restoration was the only option. It’s difficult to restore patina so I decided to make it as good as it could be.
There’s no better excuse (if an excuse is needed) and of course any patina that follows is entirely yours and will tell the story of you using and enjoying a restored and reliable classic.
I’m very inclined towards the perfection end of the spectrum. Too often patina is used as an excuse for cars that don’t work properly in various ways or are simply dirty and unpleasant places to be. In reality of course perfection is extraordinarily difficult to maintain, but I aim to keep cars looking as though they’re a very well cared-for 5 year old example even when they’re 15 years+ old. And they must work properly – there’s no excuse for worn suspension, malfunctioning cabin heating or out-of tune engines.
Point well made.
I kept some ratty, tatty leather seating on a car for years because when new it was regularly driven by 60’s F1 driver Mike Parkes. It looked so much better once I had seen the light and re-upholstered. Generally prefer my vehicles closer to perfection but not so close that they’re not driven with gusto.
Quite so, Boltitude. I’ve kept a few bits of car tattiness for posterity, including a piece of leather… I won’t go into the details!
Patina wins all the time for me.
Thanks Tom, but I suspect some concours judges may disagree 😉
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