Story by Carl Heideman • Photography as Credited

To be honest, we can’t quite figure out the classic car world’s recent fascination with patina. Worn examples of automobiles are occasionally achieving higher prices than their restored counterparts—ones in significantly …

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wspohn Dork
8/6/20 12:13 p.m.

Very good article.

Next, maybe we can address the issue of maintaining the degree of driver patination indefinitely.....devil

8/6/20 4:48 p.m.

I have a 1971 BMW 2002 with what I would call "Perfect Patina". Original paint, a little bit of surface rust here and there, but nothing structural, 1970's cigarette butts still in the rear ashtray, a few dents from a light fender bender, and a nicely broken in interior. It gets more attentionthan most fully restored 2002s at car shows and I'm not scared to drive it. 

chrismseely New Reader
8/6/20 4:50 p.m.

slantsix Reader
8/7/20 11:00 a.m.

You can never really be afaraid to drive original "patinia" cars.. They are just as fun yet somewhat less stressful than the $100k+  resto that you just took delivery of.




Bardan New Reader
5/11/21 1:13 p.m.

I bought a Blazer last Aug that the patina matches the previous owners use. It sat around a lot so the paint faded, fiberglass was fuzzy and interior was good, but the stitching came undone where body contact is. When everyone first sees it they say "when are you going to restore"? After looking a while they say "leave it as is".

I did however vacuum out the ashtray!

cbcleland New Reader
5/11/21 4:12 p.m.

I recently purchased an '84 Scirocco that is all original and has been superbly preserved by two previous owners.  It has a dimple or two but nothing major and absolutely no rust.  The red paint had experienced some fading over the years so I took it to a local detail shop for help.  They buffed the paint back to its' original shine then applied a ceramic coating to (hopefully) protect that originality for many years to come.

The Scirocco, unlike its' GTI sibling, is not high dollar car; so it made sense to preserve the existing finish rather than spend big bucks on a repaint.  As you say, it's only original once.

wspohn SuperDork
5/12/21 12:09 p.m.

One issue on some of the British cars I have restored is that the thread used to sew the leather panels in the seats rots while the leather itself either stays in decent shape or can be brought back to decent shape with a program of leather food.  It is labour intensive to save original seats as it requires hand stitching to match the existing holes in the leather, rather than machine stitching, but I think the end result is better than brand new seat covers that rarely look original.

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