Usually when you go to a classic car show everything there has been restored to within an inch of its life.

But not always. At the event I attended last week one, and only one, original-ish and unrestored-ish model appeared.

This one.

It’s a Ford 100E Popular.

It’s obviously spent its life somewhere dry as it would otherwise have dissolved long since. With a couple of exceptions, it’s had nothing done to it.


The eagle eyed will notice an alternator.


There’s also been an outbreak of fibreglass bodging


As I was admiring the survivor, a passerby asked me “would you paint it?”

“Hard to say” I said.

So, what about the ethical considerations. Would you preserve the patina, or proceed to a bare metal respray and a full restoration?