Purchasing a vintage ride often requires some form of compromise. For this week’s Hagerty Forums Question of the Week we pose a different type of question. Would you hand over your hard-earned money for a preserved base-model or a rough around the edges high-option car?
With survivors and preservation cars more popular than ever, cars that have survived decades without damage or modifications are commanding a premium in most cases. That means that for the same amount of money you might be faced with the decision to purchase a nicely pickled car that lacks the desirable options or a well-equipped model that is a bit worse for wear.
This 1964 Buick Special is short on options, but tall on class.
There is something captivating about a preserved car regardless of how it is equipped. Just appreciating a vehicle that was so lovingly cared for and appreciated by those who owned it over the last decades. To be a caretaker for such an object is an honor, and possibly a burden. Any parts replacement of tiny damage from a poorly planned drive can feel like a disservice to the car.
Which possibly makes a car that shows more use appealing. Tired seat foam under pulled seams, faded paint and a tired engine attached to a car with all the right options can still have a significant value. One could drive and repair a car like this with less guilty feeling since it has already been fitted with non-factory parts and survived some neglect. It won’t be the star of a show regardless of the options on the trim tag, but a future restoration might take interest in it to a higher level.
So tell us below where you fall in this automotive would-you-rather conundrum. Have an example where you took one path? Be sure to post a photo and share the story.