Great article! “Originality” really is a subjective term in the automotive world. This thought exercise may be stupid but I think it’s fun. Once a car gets its first oil change, is it still truly original? What about when it needs a new set of tires or brake pads? Most would reasonably argue that as long as you put on OEM-replacement parts, it’s still original, but you could also argue it is not original as it no longer has the exact parts and fluids it left the factory with. Apply this logic to the art world. If you “replaced” the paint on a piece of art with the exact same paint used by the artist, is the painting still original? Take this in jest though. I’m the last person to get caught up in strict originality. My opinion is that cars were meant to be driven and enjoyed - even if that means needing to touch up chips in paint or replace broken windshields.
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