4th International CfC Preservation Concours

In the last ten years, the classic car scene has changed a lot. Unrestored vehicles, which bear the traces of their time, achieve ever higher prices. You can find these rare specimens with a prooven history more and more at the current fairs and auctions. A few years ago, the public had paid little attention to such vehicles: in order to obtain a guaranteed increase in value, classic cars had to be put into a condition that was better than they were ever delivered from the factory. Of course, there is nothing wrong with restoring a classic car to a certain degree of wear and tear, especially if this is the only way to save the vehicle and keep it rolling. However, as in the art and antiques scene, the trend is currently tending in the direction of preserving originality. For that was the slogan of the world’s first International Preservation Concours: “Original only exists once”.

Not only the shiny chrome jewels are in demand here, but also the vehicles that once shaped the streetscape, such as the Volkswagen Beetle, Opel Kapitän or even small vehicles from the 50s. Not only the chrome jewels dominate this year’s US cars, but also classics that dominated the 1950’s and 1970’s: hot rods, custom cars and one or two muscle cars.

The English term “Preservation” defines the focus of the Concours. Because it’s all about the condition of the vehicles. Are the vehicles still largely original, as built at that time? Do the body, chassis, engine and transmission as well as all technical attachments correspond to the original state of delivery? In what condition are the paintwork, the bodywork and the interior of the vehicle? And to what extent were repairs or changes made? These questions outline the key competition criteria and give an answer to the final evaluation of the jury. In addition, age and documented history also play a relevant role. A vehicle bearing a particularly interesting history and its traces will be rated higher in the end. Of course, the participating vehicles may already have had one or the other paint or body repair, because this is part of the history of the vehicle.

There are still prevails in the classic car scene. The uncertainty of when a vehicle is considered original, or when it can be defined as unrestored. There is no general regulation for this. Of course, even a vintage car, which is in an original unrestored condition, may be partially repaired. Especially if this repair results from contemporary use. A rear-end collision was certainly repaired in former times. “Preservation” is synonymous for the aim to keep the vehicle in a condition that is ready to drive and as original as possible. This may be the vehicle from previous family ownership, but also a vehicle that has survived the years and is now at a dealer in the showroom. Although patina is the buzzword in the scene at the moment, here too it is important to distinguish. Not every vehicle that is put on a fair with dust and rust falls under the category “Preservation”. After all, intentionally resulting patina, which actually stems from the fact that the vehicle has not received any care and “preservation”, contradicts the idea of preserving. Only when the painstaking task of restoring vehicle preservation is achieved by cleaning the vehicle and repairing it both technically and substance sustainably does the vehicle acquire the status of “preservation”. Here, the hype that unrestored vehicles experience sometimes blinds them to the actual matter.

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4th International CfC Preservation Concours at Motorworld Munich

Vehicles in competition
Only cars and motorcycles that were built before 1977 and are still in their original state are eligible – regardless of whether they are luxury cars, race cars or utility and microbikes as well as “bread and butter” vehicles.

Jury of the Apprentice Award
Students, apprentices and students in car-related professions and between the ages of 16 and 25 can become members of the jury and determine the winner of the Apprentice Award.

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