The Rise of Original Paint, Rust, and Patina: How Volkswagen Fanatics are Embracing the Unrestored Look – Design You Trust — Design Daily Since 2007

The Rise of Original Paint, Rust, and Patina: How Volkswagen Fanatics are Embracing the Unrestored Look

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In recent years, there has been a significant shift in the automotive world towards cars with original paint, rust, and patina. This change in perception, which initially took hold within the global Volkswagen community, has led to a growing interest in cars that are not fully restored, but instead maintain their original, well-worn appearance.

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These cars, once considered in need of restoration, are now highly sought-after for their rarity and unique stories. They possess a certain honesty and character that sets them apart from fully restored cars and has even caught the attention of Hollywood movie stars and celebrities.

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While the increased popularity of original paint, rust, and patina cars has led to a rise in values, it has also spawned a micro-industry that still holds true to the “Built not bought” mentality. This trend has given a new generation of car enthusiasts the opportunity to own a cool, stand-out car without the need for a full restoration.

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