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yeah, I deal a lot with antiques and usable antique tools. It depends on what you need – are you a guy who can’t fix cars but has money to burn? Start looking at refurbished cars that may not be all original, it’ll certainly look cool and if done right will run too.
But an all original car, even in bad shape, still has the potential to be worth ten times as much, but it will take individual care and time to find original parts, get the all working together, and properly ‘restore’ the car instead of just basically building a new car out of a vintage shell.
There’s a market for both, but the new-car-old-body or whatever analog in the antique world will never rise much higher than say, double the price of a brand new car, or tool. Because a brand new Mercedes is pretty great to have and reliable to boot. A choice all original is great.
I had an all original 76′ MG that I sold too, because I had never modified a single thing, kept it all original. I got triple what it was ‘worth’, and it wasn’t fast or running at all (though impeccable visually) because the buyer was the head of a regional MG club, and was willing to pay triple because the mechanical part was the easy part for him (no body work or painting needed), and he’d be starting from a blank canvas