I have seen so many anti patina threads and people asking why and here is the reason I like real patina (I am not a fan of fake patina or the overkill rat rod/art car style) because it is proof positive that you found an untouched old car, be it a stocker a hot rod or race car. I look at patina much like battle scars an aged veteran. However I have never understood 15,000, 20,000, 30,000 dollar body/paint work. I understand want wanting your car to look nice, but spending hours, mouths, sometimes years lining up panels measuring body gaps with calipers. It always seamed to me all that time could be better spent driving/and having fun with the car. I always looked at these overly shiny cars and think none of that body or paint work makes that car go up and down the road, it certainly doesn't make it go faster or stop shorter. The best example of this I can think of is my father and my maternal grandfather. My father built a 70 Chevelle dirt late model tube chassis all new GM body panels ect.. He took it to my grandfather to be painted, my grandfather spent hours shimming the quarter panel because the body mount had sucked it in a little. When my dad picked the car up he took the shim out because it was added weight, he told my grandfather "It's a racecar."