Jacques Lefriant wrote:
In 20 years will anyone care or will there be the detetives that can ferret out the Fakes. Perhaps we place to much value on correctness and should be more concerned with the utility and the beauty if we are to continue in our passion.
I believe 20 years ago, in the 1990's, people asked the same question back then. Here we are now, those 20 years later in 2012, and yes, people do seem to care more than ever before to "ferret out the Fakes".
There's a very wide range to cars being legitimate, or not. From a $25,000 driver quality car (of any make) to the extreme upper collectible end. On this high end, not to long ago I recall the auction house, Christie's, highly marketing an Auto Union D type. It was represented as having particular race history...but just hours before rolling the D type onto the auction stage, Christie's pulled it from the sale. Additional new information came in to them that it wasn't the chassis number it was supposed to be. Here's the story link:http://www.autoblog.com/2007/02/28/upda ... om-auctio/
Also, I believe insurance company's and collector car appraisals these days are very much wanting, even requiring, that there be valid documentation on particular cars with owners wanting "agreed values" placed on them.
So, to me anyway, there's much more to it than "utility and beauty"...sometimes that's only skin deep.