Wow !! Now there are some that are insulting people who work on things to make them better than original, have pride in their work and have others that like it that way too.
Ever buy or have a custom house built or do it your self? A simple two bedroom with a bath would do as it was 75 years ago! Everyone likes thing a little different and if they have money does that mean that they are real stupid or really stupid for liking it better than something else.
Lets just go with people at an auction sometimes get carried away, and I see the example and I do agree with that example as shown.
People fix trucks to ride high and look different than what was original off the show room floor, but are they not as smart as others? Or the guy that likes what he did and then does it to his truck ? Is he more stupid because he makes it just a little bit higher?
I like original and I like restored better than original, and I have people that like it also and I do not work for $5.00 per hour neither does the painter, plating person, striper, or the guy that makes the repro parts.
I probably make less than most people on here, but If I like something and I want it, it is up to me to decide if it is right for me and if I can figure out a way to get it.
It's my money, I earned it, and will spend it if IN MY MIND I think its worth it.
Scott Benjamin sold me a beautiful Standard thermometer twenty years ago that was over priced to me, but as he said sometimes you pay top money for something you want and it will go up When you buy the best. I GOT THE THERMOMETER AND HE WAS SO RIGHT THEN WITH THAT STATEMENT and it is RIGHT NOW FOR ME. I was then and am now so happy with that purchase, should have listened to him more twenty years ago though.