|Survivor 300 SL Gullwing coupe|
|Interior of survivor 300 SL|
|Fully restored 300 SL|
|Interior of the restored 300 SL|
|Roy Roger's XK140 SE|
|Ferrari 330 GTS survivor|
There is a term for such restraint, it's called Wabi Sabi, and is essentially the Japanese word for the appreciation of the aesthetic of the natural aging of all things, humans included. Rather than becoming enraged when you arrive back at your prized beauty after a day of playing in the surf, only to find a parking lot ding in the driver's door, perhaps you could view this as a token to remind you of the day you just spent at the beach enjoying conversation with friends, smiling from that point onward each time you notice the imperfection.
Survivors, barn finds, unrestored cars, whatever term you choose, they aren't going away anytime soon in terms of auction appearances and climbing values, but in reality they are, in fact, disappearing as more and more cars are restored, thus erasing their individual stories forever.
When we look at that pair of Gullwings that did battle in the modern-day gladiator's arena of the auction floor, it doesn't take much thinking to know which one we would chose. How about you?
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