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I have to disagree, to some extent

October 19 2004 at 2:15 AM
Steven Walker  (no login)


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We have no way of knowing what the condition of the Type 46 was before restoration. It might literally have been a rusting hulk, or a pile of parts. I agree that to take a well-preserved, largely original, nicely-patined car, and restore it to as-new condition is tantamount to sacrilege, but this is seldom done these days.

As much as I can sympathise with your views, the comparison vs other antiques just isn't born out in the market.

A restored Chippendale might be worth 25% that of a well-preserved original. A restored Bugatti Type 35 might be worth 200-300% that of a well-preserved original. ( one without any serious racing or ownership provenance )

Best regards,

Steven

 
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