There may be shows like that, but the shows our local club sponsors every
Saturday night gets a huge turnout of cars that have been customized, engine
swapped, and other radical treatments of sheetmetal, drivetrain, and paint.
A good Saturday night may have 300 cars, and of them, 250 are well worth the
look for any car buff. That chopped and sectioned '49 Merc is sweet, Of
course, probably many of the readers here have no idea what chopped,
channeled and sectioned even means, let alone have the skill to try it.
That's impossible to know. If you watch Barratt Jackson, the percentage of
them commanding premium prices is very high. If you don't know what Barratt
Jackson is, then you should put the mouse down and move away from the
You should consider stepping back from the crack pipe too.
In that case, Ed P's comment about "bodes" is meaningless, unless he has
data about original body work. There might be rules about that in certain
car shows. I don't know. I'll wait for his response rather than guess.
Why should I move away from computer if I don't know what Barratt Jackon is?
You'd have to clarify the category. There are shows specific to certain
makes, certain year ranges, and original versus custom. In a custom
category original body makes no difference. I don't know the rules of
restorations. I do know that if a car is 100% original, it is valued far
more than a better looking car that has a lot of replacements.
My brother won quite a few shows with a Model A that was 100% original
(except for tires) and had the bill of sale and bills from service in the
1920's. He sold it because once you show it, not much else to do with it
aside from prevent deterioration. His Mustangs had replacement parts as
needed, but his Pony convertible was all original. It was so pristine, Ford
bought it back from him.
Getting back on point, one reason you don't find older Japanese cars in
shows is because no one really wanted to bother keeping them. They had bland
style, bland performance, needed a lot of body upkeep, little appeal to a
In the Custom category, the original body work is almost always EXPECTED to
not be original.
I don't know the rules of
I'm not sure your point on the Japanese cars is accurate.
There are plenty of Japanese cars that are worthy of restoration, but the
problem they share is that they don't have the history of the early American
cars. There are many Mercedes Benz cars that are worth restoring. Japan
brought us the Datsun 240Z, and the 2000, and the 210 and a few others.
Toyota gave us a few that rank pretty well on the Restore Scale. I would
agree that there are more American cars that get restored, but there is wide
appeal among restorers for foreign metal.
May the Good Lord strike me where I sit. Joe is right.
Japan has given us many exciting models that are worthy of restoration, the
240Z among them. I think that in a few more years, the collectible cars will
include more and more Japanese models, and the count will grow as the years
Aside from the 240Z, how many Japanese cars were worth collecting in the
1955 to 1980 range?. Compare that list to the Super Sports, Grand Prix,
Camero, Fury, Chrysler 300, Olds 4+2, Crown Victoria, Thunderbird, Mustang
and more. A Chevy Nomad station wagon had more style than any Japanese
Celica? Datsun 510? Accord?
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