[ROVERNET - UK] Re: Originality (was P6 ...)
britcarnut at yahoo.com
Thu Mar 2 17:48:04 GMT 2006
I've enjoyed the discussion/debate on this topic. It's clear that what
constitutes an original works rally car or an original Bugatti etc. is as
much a matter of opinion as fact. I tend to agree with the contingent
that draw the line at re-shelled cars. To me, the shell is the car, at
least in the unibody world. And building a new Bugatti, Ferrari, blower
Bentley, etc. around a vintage brake shoe constitutes building a
reproduction. But in the case of older separate-chassis cars, I would say
the chassis is the car and the body is a component. Many or most high-end
cars were sold this way by the factory.
The key in all cases is that the car should be represented as exactly what
it is. If it's a car that was irreparably crashed in competition and has
been re-shelled, that should be stated and the viewer can decide for
him/herself if it's still the same car.
The fact is that with enough skill and money thrown at it, the most
mangled wreck can be rebuilt without resorting to re-shelling. That's why
the big-money boys are willing to vintage race their million-dollar-plus
toys and crash them. They know that it's just machinery and can be
repaired. It may cost them a few hundred thousand, but it can be done.
The only reason a rare factory-supported P6 rally car would be re-shelled
instead of receiving the same treatment is money. It's not worth the
That's my totally opinionated two cents' worth. Comments, flames,
threats, etc. are all welcomed! ;-)
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