V8 SURVIVORS

Enduring examples of US automotive culture

Under the title “V8-Survivor”, Bremen Classic Motorshow is for the first time presenting a very special show with American classics from the 1950s to 1970s. They all have one thing in common: patina.

Marked by natural weathering and environmental influences, their condition makes them what’s known today as survivors. Depending on material and surface finish, gradual aging due to oxidation, abrasion and atmospheric substances creates a wide variety of effects that have a particular fascination. On closer inspection, they bring each vehicle’s history to life. In the art world, the term patina describes not only natural aging of structures and colours. Artificial aging is also a recognised artistic technique. When it comes to the maintenance or careful restoration of classic US cars, experts talk of “survivors” when technical modifications are virtually invisible, the original appearance is largely unchanged, and any spare parts used are period originals. Unlike completely restored vehicles, every survivor is absolutely unique. Especially US cars often feature a heavy patina caused by the merciless desert sun.

The vehicles that will be on show here are originally low-cost medium-class cars for middle-income buyers. That’s why they have often spent most of their lives outdoors and have never been refinished or restored. Today, cars like this command higher prices at auction than over-restored models. For the first time, Bremen Classic Motorshow, in cooperation with the Hamburg publisher Motoraver Verlag, is displaying the fascination of these survivors at the start of the season in Hall 6 – Stand 6 C 12.

V8 SURVIVORS