Is Patina More Important Than Restoration?


In today’s online issue of the New York Times “Wheels”, a notable article discusses the latest Best of Show winner at the Elegance at Hershey Concours: A 1938 Alfa Romeo 2900B with supercharged 8 cylinder engine.

While surrounded by breathtaking examples of automotive restoration – sometimes to better than showroom condition – this Best of Show winner was unusual in that it had never been touched. Original, imperfect paint and cracked leather seats with provenance turned the judges’ heads. Unmolested patina over meticulous nut and bolt restoration. Is original becoming the new pinnacle of concours?


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2 Responses to “Is Patina More Important Than Restoration?”

  1. Sam Danenberger IV Says:

    This plays right into my Dad’s wheelhouse………….he has ALWAYS preferred original “patina” over the gaudy, shiny restoration…….

  2. jucedallasanta Says:

    show, reliquia!

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