Restored or Original? The Debate Rages On!

Having been to enough car shows featuring Detroit-built entrants with $30,000 paint jobs recreating the exact texture of orange peel that was created on the line back in the day, we've seen our share of restoration absurdity. But when it comes to the only remaining unrestored '57 Jaguar XKSS, what's a wealthy car collector to do? He might lose all-important points if the judges don't like the tiny cracks in the upholstery! Well, according to the Gray Lady, the trend of designating clean original cars as "Survivors" is really taking off, with the unrestored XKSS beating a '61 Ferrari 250GT with a restoration so obsessive it must be handled by white-gloved men in space suits. [New York Times reg. req.]


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