Ultimate Showdown - Preserved vs. Restored

Over the past decade or so, the Collector car community began changing their minds over which is more interesting, valuable and collectible - a perfectly restored Classic vs. a perfectly preserved Classic.

The fully restored cars were far easier to assess and value based on provenance, rarity and extensive details of the restoration. Conversely, the unrestored vehicles with a variety in the state of preservation, far harder to judge. That said, a review of past offerings revealed the majority of "original and unrestored" cars offered were "impeccably preserved" examples. Which means the age-related imperfections we so slight the rarity and value rose to be equal or of greater value than the fully restored counterparts.

Well, the debate is being put to the ultimate test. H & H Classics of Duxford, UK, has sourced and is offering two nearly identical 1967 Porsche 911S at their upcoming March 29, 2017 auction. Why this is somewhat monumental is that in nearly, possible all, previous auctions there was only one version of a particular collectible available; either fully restored or impeccably preserved. 

The basic detail are these two Classics are nearly identical in every respect, same year, make, model options, paint and interior colors. . Their production sequence is within a few hundred vehicles. The following details and photos are from the H&H Auction website.

First Twin: LHD. Sold new in the U.S.A. by Nick Cilibert Motors of Reading, Pennsylvania to a gentleman from Dallas, Texas in August 1967. The first owner regularly used the car for club events, like the Porsche Parade in California in 1969. He passed the car on to an acquaintance from Florida in 1979, who kept it until 2014, when it was sold to its current owner. The car is absolutely unique in that it’s completely original and unrestored. It still carries its original factory paint in very good condition. Slightly reduced in thickness through polishing over the years and with some touched-in stone chips but with an absolutely amazing patina. Likewise the interior is completely original. Perfect factory panel gaps.
Naturally the car has matching numbers and comes with documentation, including Porsche Classic Certificate and service book. Its last owner regularly used and serviced the car, thus it was mechanically always in good condition. The current owner had the carburetors cleaned and adjusted together with the ignition, changed some of the rubber fuel hoses, rebuilt the brakes and part of the suspension and performed a good service. Other than that, the car needed nothing. It recently participated in a Porsche alpine tour of 1,000 miles without any issues. Probably unique and unrepeatable in the world, this early example of the highly desirable 911 S is now looking for a new home. Estimate £220,000 - 250,000.

Second Twin: LHD. Sold new in the U.S.A. and delivered to Texas on 12th May, 1967. Its second owner from Tallahassee bought the car in 1979 and it remained part of a private collection until 2015. The current owner decided to have the car completely restored and it just underwent a 1,500 hours, fully documented nut and bolt restoration to better than new condition, including bodywork, cathodic dip coating bath for maximum rust protection, repaint using Glasurit products as close to the original specification as possible, all mechanic components, electrics and interior by a renowned German Porsche expert. Estimate: £220,000 - 240,000.
There are hundreds of 1967 911S's which could be acquired and restored to better than new. There are probably fewer than a dozen in perfectly preserved condition. With the recent rise in both popularity and value regarding Classic Porsche's, we think the pre-sale estimate of the preserved version will get blown out of the water to exceed £300,000, while the hammer price of the fully restored version will be close to estimates.

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Velocity "Kills" the Best Car Show On TV

Every week for the last 13 years, a dedicated audience numbering in the hundreds of millions tuned into their most favorite automotive show, Wheeler Dealers. Why is likely because of the format and presentation of what had to be done to turn somewhat crappy Classics of various age into decently restored rides. The sad news is the current production company has decided the very things that made the show interesting and a delight to watch are being eliminated.

As automotive enthusiasts, our choices in TV offerings have for years been cluttered with two types of shows. The first are the ones where everything is behind schedule promoting a "get it done or else"story line, drama queen attitudes and all types of assorted buffoonery. The other are shows where the story line is reduced to a such a superficial representation of the original it's not even a story.
Adding somewhat of an insult to our enjoyment these shows further water down the "presentation" by inserting commercial after commercial followed by a three minute recap of what we just watched. And anytime a product placement ad can be thrown into the content, it absorbs an egregious amount of time.
But until now there has been a third choice.

For millions of dedicated viewers, the content of Wheeler Dealers has been devoid of the above negative qualities. Instead focusing in on the actual work of restoration and repairs. We were provided with the opportunity to view much of the process step-by-step, which included the sourcing of parts and visiting specialty shops that repair various components.
Further, instead of throwing wrenches and fits, the hosts took the time to explain what's being done, why and often the level of difficulty. It has always been done calmly, efficiently and in an educational and entertaining manner. Yes there has always been some slightly corny "staged" content, but the show was genuine in the way a "project" was covered and never finished in a single show.

Yup, he's leaving the show because of the changes which in his mind (and ours too) are what made the show a hit. It seems that Mike will stay on for now, but what the future holds is yet unknown. Here, in his own words, is a message from Edd to faithful followers.
Good luck to you Edd, we thank you for bringing the "art of automobile repair" into our homes and look forward to learning where you will be next. With regard to Velocity, stop "monkeying" around with success.