As the weather grows colder in much of the country, our hearts and minds naturally shift to winter projects. So when it comes to working on your classic car, do you favor speed or style? It’s a polarizing debate that has been argued for as long as there have been cars.
Our vehicles are an extension of our personality, which means we can often pick out what another owner values by looking closely at their car. The driver of a perfectly polished car cruising low and slow down main street is often very different than the person driving a vehicle that features custom intercooler piping hanging low out of a missing grill opening.
A hot rod like this could be both, but likely focuses more on show than go. (Photo- Hagerty)
High-dollar builds can often strike a balance between the two, but those tend to be the exception rather than the rule. Often an owner has the choice: focus on appearance or on performance? Depending on the type of car, it might dictate what makes the most sense. Few early Thunderbird owners go for a pro-street build, but that’s not saying it’s impossible.
Those on each side of the fence have good reasons for why they make that choice. We want to hear from you: What’s most important, style or speed? Why?