Thanks to fellow Woody Boater Gary Visser for sending in this thought he read. It all seems so simple, but I had never thought of it in these simple terms. Now, mind you, we are huge barn find fans. But Gary has a great point. Take it away Gary.
I just read something in an antique car auction magazine that should be tattooed on the inside the eyelids of every wooden boat collector and thought it might be food for your daily installments.
The discussion was about a very rough Italian sports car, Maserati or Ferrari or whatever (but why not Chris Craft, Hacker or Riva)? They were comparing the example that was coming up for auction (which was a very rough barn find) and it’s anticipated auction price to the current auction values seen for good restored “driver” cars or 100 point trailer queens. The point was, the barn find sucks us all in with the promise, the romance and the ability to tinker and restore something we all admire. And “cheap enough” is never going to happen unless you’re willing to donate your labor hours and relinquish several seasons of enjoyment while you work on the car/boat instead of spending the day on the twisty road or lake with your family.
The important point was about “value” and how a barn find can suck you into the story and how, if truth was known, it’s a story that could have been told when it was rolled into the barn for storage: someone’s dream was delayed. The point about value? “If you can’t afford a good example, you probably can’t afford to restore a bad one.”
Oh man, call the tattoo parlor……..
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