Within today’s elevated world of collector cars, there’s uproar. On the concours car show circuit, there’s conflict. Restore? Or leave alone? For nearly 50 years, the trend in collector cars has been restoration – stripping away the marks that time and use impart. Vehicles that showed their age have been laboriously returned to a condition equal to or better than new. The result is a sea of automobiles that differ in colour and shape, but whose pasts have been erased. Today a new approach has emerged. From the greens of Pebble Beach to the garages and carports of everyday auto enthusiasts, more and more owners are choosing to leave their cars as they are, preserving rather than removing the hand of Time. Very often these vehicles draw the largest crowds and generate the most excitement. Patina has displaced perfection.”Survivor” is the first book to celebrate the trend of preserving rather than restoring our collective automotive heritage. This volume explores the issues and challenges that confront the non-restorer, whether the vehicle is ‘display only’ or will see regular use over unlimited miles.