How Much Of Your Car’s History Do You Really Want To Know?
Photography by Michael Banovsky
Aside from the high stakes world of Concours-level chassis plate, engine, and bodywork swaps—or vehicles that have won things or have been made famous—used classics are often just used cars. In period, they started as a normal car, were likely sold at a sketchy used car dealer or two along the way, and in many cases, lived a lot of history that will forever remain undocumented. How much of this history is really important?
The shining example from my life, my 1973 Porsche 914 2.0-litre, is suffering through a period of benign neglect. It’s been in the family for more than three decades at this point, but when my parents picked it up in the late ’70s, it had already seen three owners. It also—if you were standing in front of the car looking closely enough—was repainted a fetching shade of dusty rose at some point.
Reason? Who knows.
The car was never heavily modified, which is great, but I shudder to think of its first owner getting to grips with its mid-engine handling in the dead of our Canadian winter.
How much of your car’s history do you really want to know? Moreover—do you think it may have a few secrets left to reveal?