For Authenticity, It’s a Numbers Game

NYTimes.com
By DON SHERMAN
Published: June 4, 2006

“CONDITION is crucial in setting the value of any collectible, whether an antique credenza or a classic car. But there’s more to condition than surface appearances.

While first-time buyers may be impressed by shiny paint and sparkling chrome, experienced muscle car collectors dig deeper. They are looking for cars whose condition is as close to factory-fresh as possible. All-original examples are rare; most muscle cars suffered modifications at the hands of exuberant young owners.”

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