SUR­VIVOR

Street Trucks - - WORD ON THE STREET -

REFERS to an older un­re­stored ve­hi­cle that has been ex­cep­tion­ally well-pre­served, in­clud­ing its orig­i­nal paint. Sur­vivors are of­ten sought af­ter be­cause of their orig­i­nal con­di­tion, and in some cases be­cause of their his­tor­i­cal significance or cul­tural sta­tus. De­pend­ing on the en­thu­si­ast seg­ment and the ve­hi­cle it­self, it may be frowned upon to mod­ify a sur­vivor ex­cept for restor­ing it me­chan­i­cally if needed. In the case of an old cus­tom­ized sur­vivor (such as a show truck built in the 1960s), it is usu­ally ac­cept­able to re­store it to its most pop­u­lar/ap­peal­ing ver­sion, as­sum­ing it had been changed over the years. In the end, though, it’s as the old say­ing goes, “It can only be orig­i­nal once!”

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