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It's ugly, but also oddly beautiful.The patina of surface rust on
a survivor car is somehow a badge of defiance against the ages.....
Um, no. Rust is the vehicles' submission to the 'ages'.
I understand the attraction to rat rods. They represent the dawn of the hotrodding era when people of very limited means cobbled together whatever they could with whatever they could scrounge. But, IMO, to intentionally neglect the vehicles (or in more extreme cases, intentionally inflict oxidation) completely misses the point. These are the types that buy new furniture with the 'distressed look'. Its a desperate attempt at legitimacy.
That said, I think the resurgence in this style is due to many be fed up with today's shiny plastic performance appliances that look like every other one out there and have owners that may or may not have any 'credibility of ownership'. It stems from the desire to get back to simplicity of the machinery and ; back to a time when you had to know your machine and be able to fix anything on it with minimal tools/parts ...'credibility of ownership'. This simply isn't possible with modern cars.