I was thumbing through my latest copy of Speedway magazine, which sells parts for hot rods and classic cars. I'd say 75% of the parts are custom, super high quality. Many are billet aluminum, all sealed quality ball bearing, grade-A , and so on. As such they are expensive. But the irony I see in all of these is that whenever I go to classic car shows, about 90% of the cars there very seldom get driven. Most just get driven to the shows. A lot of them are actually trailered in... "Trailer queens" as we call em'.
Anyhow, to me that makes zero sense. I have a 55' Mercury with all stock parts. If I buy new parts, they're usually re-manufactured. They work fine. People still like the car because its old. In fact, some people like it better than the other cars at these shows that are chok-full of gaudy, glitzy chrome and aluminum.
But getting back to my previous thought, I can't help but think how stupid it is to restore an old car and fill it with way over-engineered parts that are way better than the original stock, only to drive the thing 500 miles or less a year. Why spend $50,000 on a resto-job when you could spend $10k and still be able to drive it daily?