Question of the Month: Is Patina a Fad?

We’re working on the November/December 2013 issue of ACC this week, and that means it’s time again for our ACC Question of the Month:

Patina is defined as “a surface appearance of something grown beautiful, especially with age or use.”

Twenty years ago, the idea of originality wasn’t as popular as it is today – a lot of car builders wanted the shiniest, glossiest candy-like paint jobs they could afford.

But as old cars were restored and repainted in the popular colors of the ’80s, ’90s, and ’00s, the number of untouched originals shrank, and that’s helped boost the cool factor of cars and trucks that show some age scars today — so much so that some people are actually busting out the sandpaper and airbrush on new paint jobs in an attempt to make their old Mustangs and Chevy Trucks look weathered. Some people call it “Fauxtina.”

The question: is this all just a fad? In 10 years, will people look back at cars and trucks with real patina and groan, or will evidence of the passage of time still be cool? Will the fake patina cars, made to look old, ruin enthusiasm for the real ones? Will weathered original paint go the way of the ’70s heavy metal-flake jobs, ’80s side graphics, or ’90s billet wheels?

Send your thoughts, along with your name and city/state in a comment on this page or in an email to by Friday, September 20. And look for your comments in the next issue of American Car Collector!


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