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From the Editor…
Here at Ultra VW we often feature vehicles that have been meticulously restored to exacting standards. And then, we also feature rat-rides, which typically consist of rusted-through bodies with custom underpinnings and modified suspension etc.
However, this month we bring you a couple of survivor cars. If you follow any of the large USA classic car auctions online (or on TV), you’ll know that the term ‘survivor’ is very popular right now, and good examples are commanding higher prices than well-restored cars at times. So, what is a survivor? Well, to all intents and purposes, it’s an unrestored and original car that is in very good, but not necessarily always concourse condition. We’re talking about character and history – the kind of provenance that you simply can’t replicate. This means that original paperwork and a solid history all adds to the package and is exactly what collectors are looking for. In short, it’s an honest car, that smells right when you open the door, doesn’t have any hidden nasties and drives like new (preferably with as few miles on the odometer as possible).
Collectors love a survivor because there only a finite number of ‘correct’ examples left; unlike restored cars, which are continually appearing on the market.
So, if you like the idea of a survivor car, you’re going to love this issue of Ultra VW!