When it comes to classic movies, more often than not remakes pale in comparison to the original. Such comparisons between versions are inevitable when the earlier interpretation remains readily available, but what if it were not, having been somehow destroyed?
Now consider that scenario only with movies replaced with cars. The simple fact is that there is a finite number of certain classic cars in existence today, and should anything happen to any of them – as was the case with the Lamborghini Miura above – should that sadly mean that the global number is now one-less? Or, should owners be allowed to take the VIN number and – in Steve Austin fashion – rebuild the car from the ashes up?
Consider that while Lamborghini is no longer building Miuras, and cars like DeTomaso’s achingly beautiful and significant Vallelunga comes from a company no longer in existence, there are still plenty of talented craftsmen (and women) who could replicate a destroyed car, nut for nut and stitch for stitch. The conundrum for today is should they be allowed to do so, and then call the result by whatever name its VIN originally carried? Or, in your mind, would it be more like what happened in Pet Sematary Parts I and II? One final question, if you were amenable to allowing a rebuild, how much leeway would you give for modernity – brakes, A/C, etc?