First, I’m firmly in the your car, your choice camp. If it feels good do it. That said, I’m just not buying the “if it was nice I couldn’t enjoy it” excuse. In 250k miles over 15 years my black D.D. Looks almost new. Took some effort to care for it, and I have to walk farther out to the back of the parking lot to avoid most risk of damage, and I’ve spent a few hours fixing a few scratches. HRP’s faded paint, or a faded old shop truck have a certain appeal. But the rusty crusty pulled out of a field being “preserved” just looks to me like someone ran out of money or talent. And there is a lot of territory between field car and the 10k paint job. Two of my HAMB friendly pickups looked presentable with a trip to MAACO, and a cut and buff in my garage afterwards. Total outlay, $900. I have some antique furniture in my house. Some purists are horrified that I refinished them. My thought is 100 years ago some craftsman put his heart and soul into creating a beautiful piece - and I think he would be horrified if it was now damaged and flaking. He would want someone to painstakingly bring it back to the beauty he created. But to each his own. I’m not against patina, I just couldn’t leave a car that way.