Are the best classic cars original or modified?

In today's issue of the Daily Telegraph there is an article on this sensitive topic which uses the term Restomod -
"modifying a classic car while restoring it - is seen as a ghastly term but most owners do it, even if it's just fitting electronic ignition or better brakes".

Post your views on the Restomod thread on the V8 Bulletin Board.

Posted: 201031
Are the best classic cars original or modified? - that's the title of an article in today's issue of the Daily Telegraph which raises issues which are sensitive for some owners or a natural attraction for others. Journalist Andrew English adds "combining classic style and character with modern comforts sounds attractive but risks a loss of identity".

He says "Restomod, modifying a car while restoring it, is a ghastly term but most owners do it, even if it's just fitting electronic ignition or better brakes" and adds "only you can decide, however, on what constitutes good taste in this market - the classic car market"

See a copy of the Daily Telegraph article
Our Pricewatch team has seen over the last few years the development of parallel markets for original MGV8s (some with subtle upgrades like electronic ignition and Revotec cooling fans) and upgraded & modified MGV8s with bodywork colour changes and leather seats and trim.

Even discussing whether "originality" is a factor in the price of a Condition 1 or Exceptional MGBGTV8 can raise real sensitivities with some MGV8 enthusiasts who are attracted to either originality or to modified or converted MGV8s. But it's clear many enthusiasts have always modified their MGs over the years to varying degrees. For example we have seen RV8 roadster conversions to RV8GTs most of which are done to a high standard with an attractive result and similarly we have seen MGB V8 Roadsters - surely the car the MG Plant should have made. Both the late Don Hayter and Geoff Allen (who both worked at the Factory for many years) built themselves V8 Roadsters in retirement using an MGB "O" series shell - see Don Hayter's V8 Roadster in his recent obit.
See Don Hayter's obit