Know what you want before you look to buy. If you want only an original bike, go for one with few previous owners and a history that can be documented from new. With proper care and feeding, even a 50-year-old classic can present beautifully. If you’re after total perfection, a restored machine makes sense, but make sure that you’re really getting what you think you are.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2009/09/02/buy-original