Hans' 1973 Nissan 240Z
One thing we will always champion on this site is cars that wear their age with pride. Car with the right amount of scrapes and bruises prove that it is well-loved. When we first met Hans, he was the owner of another 240Z that wore its patina like a champion. The body was straight, but the combo of wear (not abuse) and period-correct tasteful mods constantly drew attention away from spotless show cars time and time again. Hans had built an incredible car with a swapped 2.8L from a newer model, a trick suspension set-up, and a slathering of other great touches from nose to tail. He was capping off the build with a set of bronze TE37s. It seems that everything was right with the world.
That is, until it got wrecked.
The thing about patina is that it's great when necessity demands it. If the right car shows up in the right price range, one can certainly make an argument for character. But who's to say that character necessitates wear and tear? Hans' replacement Z is quite the looker, and presents an entirely different story.
Needless to say, the TE37Vs arrived just in time for the new car and look absolutely killer. While it's hard to argue that they are period-correct, Volk has done a great job of working a modern design into something that makes sense with older vehicles.
Plans for this Z include the 2.8L engine swap from the blue car and an updated coilover suspension and sway bars to stiffen up the 45 year old chassis.
I'm not sure if one can ever say which look is "better"; patina or fully restored. It is certainly subjective, but I'd argue that neither choice has any effect on authenticity when executed tastefully. Quality will always transcend style or trend.