Great point. Cars were built, driven, wrecked and rebuilt or resprayed a year later to match a new fad...5 years after that a large portion were on used car lots or in dumps. No sense in spending 10x the labor to make something perfect when it would look "good enough" in a magazine or roped off in a showroom. I'd love to time travel and see what a Waston paint job or Barris chop looked like when it just rolled out of the shop for the first time. Another thought...One of the reasons the newer builds drop so much in value is they can be a nightmare to work on. What do you do with a show rod that has a tranny leak and half the car has to come apart to fix it, or some custom suspension part wears out and has to be re-made? Or you find out the wiring was a little goofy and should really be re-done? Guys will spend 6 figures to buy a car but get upset with 10k repair bills.