- Feb 10, 2014
- S205 AMG C63S, W204 C63 AMG PPP, Abarth 595 Competizione, Fiat 500 Twinair, Toyota Carina E GTi
I think any modification to keep it safe and/or roadworthy is good if it is in keeping with the type/age of the cars.I put keep it original , but it depends what you mean by a Classic Car .
To me , a Classic is something rare and collect able from the 50's or 60's - hence I wouldn't modify a Ponton or Fintail . I might do a colour change , but it would have to be from the original range , similarly I may put radial tyres on in place of cross plies ( in many cases you can get radial replacements in the same sizes ) , could put a stainless exhaust system on to replace a rusty mild steel one . However the car would be kept as close as practical to original spec , so nothing that wouldn't have been available on it when new .
On the other hand , I don't quite look at a W123 , W124 or W126 in the same way . Firstly , there are still loads of them around and secondly , there was a lot of modification done to them when new in a way that just wasn't done a few decades earlier , so with these cars almost anything goes .
As for new cars, my C63 is completely as is left the factory - even factory tyres and running labels in place. Give it 20 years and I'll have the one to buy as all other C63's will be wrecked/ruined/old. Just look at and 1970/80 RS Escort.