Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: At the other end of the state
A case in point...on BringATrailer last week was a restored Giulietta Spider Veloce. The car was a decent restoration and the car should have easily made over $100K. However, if I was looking like a potential buyer, there were things that jumped out at me that was "not original" as the car came from the factory. Several items caught my attention right off. The differential center was painted black like the car. Instead of buying the correct rubber mat set, the trunk has a full wool liner, the front had no mats, and that just doesn't look right. Then the air hoses are swapped. Sure, some of these are easy fixes, but it makes one wonder what else is not correct. The car bidding went as high as $40K. So, the potential buyers must have thought about what else wasn't original.
Cars that have the original patina from new do fetch more as they are like potential time machines. The adage is true, "Cars are only original once."
Also, cars from certain restorers do bring high dollar as they are restored to a high level of authenticity.
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