To restore or not to restore? It sounds like a simple enough yes-or-no question on the surface but proves to be one which can only be answered by a deluge of follow up questions and considerations. It’s a question that can only be answered on a case-by-case basis, and will greatly depend on the person who will be ultimately providing the answer.
Originality is something that cannot be recreated in even the best workshop. With scratches, dings, dents, and patina becomes a chapter in a vehicle’s story. For some cars, especially those with significant histories, preserving the vehicle in its absolute original form is paramount and is integral to the vehicle’s story. Would the 1959 Carrera GT Ice Racer be as compelling without its glorious patina and chipped paint? Would a restoration actually strip away its charm? Most likely. On the other hand, at what point are the scars and blemishes no longer desirable? In the instance of the 1961 Abarth GTL #1008 the blistered and burnt paint certainly could tell a story of tragedy, but the triumph of the determination of the team to perform a Pebble Beach winning restoration ultimately adds to its story.
Sometimes, it can be as simple as personal taste. In the case of this Meisen Blue Speedster, the previous owner took an already solid car and made the decision to bring his Concours-worthy vision of perfection. In this video, Tim takes advantage of the beautiful spring weather to stretch the legs of this beautiful Speedster and ponder the question, as well as share his thoughts and experiences.