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Will The Rusty Survive?
Posted On: 11/14/2012 2:24PM

The seller of this awesome rusty Mercury Colony Park woody wagon makes a great case for the Derelict look of rusted panels and deteriorated trim, which is becoming increasingly popular even for advanced builders like Jonathan Ward. But as he carries on about how much more character a patina'd ride can have, and about how the "filler cars" at car shows are in fact the finished, perfect, boring ones that you don't give a second glance to, I had to wonder: does the rusty trend have staying power? Notwithstanding the long-term obvious—that something which is rusting is by definition on its way to disappearing—what happens when there are more unrestored hulks than finished cars at the car shows? When the shiny finished cars are again the rarities? Personally I don't feel that leaving the body rusty is necessarily the lazy way out, but rather it's a way of displaying your vehicle's life and history on its body, while concentrating your resources on getting it mechanically sorted. Performance trumps cosmetics, and that ethos is lived by derelict cars that are dialed in on handling and horsepower. But the specialness, the surprise of looking under the hood of what appears to be a neglected hulk and seeing a brand-new supercharged Hemi, or spotting gleaming wheels and a mean stance on something that looks like it's headed to the crusher, may soon not be such a such a novelty anymore. What do you think, are we approaching a rust saturation point? What happens then? Check out the auction for the Mercury on eBay.

Comments (6)
Avatar By: MrAMC1
11/14/2012 2:54 PM

I would DEFINITELY drive it the way it is!!!

Avatar By: BIG_CIVIC
11/14/2012 3:49 PM

Yes, it can look cool on certain cars and this is definitely one of them but it never looks cool on post 70's cars with plastic bumpers.

Avatar By: retroman
11/14/2012 4:54 PM

Performance trumps cosmetics indeed. Rust has it's place at shows. No farm truck seems complete without a little wear and petina. It's absolutely detrimental to most rides built after 1960 though, but for the 50s and older rides, a thin coat of rust seems to slow down any further corrosion. I guess that's because they were made of thicker steel.

Avatar By: FuryPaul
11/14/2012 9:05 PM

I kinda like the rusty/patina-ed look, but if the owner's around I usually suggest maybe clear-coating the car to seal it. 2012's surface rust is 2015's hole in your unobtanium quarter panel.

Avatar By: boatdude13
11/15/2012 4:54 PM

Let's not forget that rust can affect performance. I think it looks terrible on cars.

Avatar By: JVBimmer
11/16/2012 10:25 AM

I have definitely not bitten into the 'rusty' look or 'rat' look. It has a character of it's own and is interesting to see on a car here or there when it's done properly. Honestly though, cars with 30" donk wheels on them are more popular than the 'rust fad' and the opinions on said 30" donk wheels are well known around here. (lol)


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