I do not want this 1937 Plymouth to fall under the \u2018Treasure or Trash?\u2019 section because it\u2019s obvious that nobody in his right mind will sell this car \u2018per kilo\u2019.\r\n\r\nHowever, I do know that opinion is split when a choice has to be made to either restore a car to better-than-showroom condition, or to maintain an aged patina.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nOn the one hand, making a car look like it just rolled off the factory floor will earn the approval of obsessive-compulsive restorers. On the other hand, it is almost impossible to duplicate the results of natural aging. When the conditions for weathering through the years are right, the effect of rust and faded paint can look really good on an old car.\r\n\r\nThe original owner, who is now 86 years old, says that his Plymouth is the very first car to find a home in Binan, Laguna. Apart from that distinction, his car also has a storied past. In 1942, Japanese soldiers commandeered the car and used it as a military vehicle. But when the WWII ended in 1945, a friend of the owner found the car abandoned in Binondo. The owner then tracked it down and brought it back home.\r\n\r\nThe car has been parked under this fellow\u2019s house since 1970. It was only a few weeks ago that the owner found Alfred\u2019s shop after seeing a TV feature about the popular car restorer. Now, the Plymouth belongs to Alfred. The car could not be in better hands.\r\n\r\nLet\u2019s take a closer look at it.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe faded and rusty textures on the body can be considered art.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHere\u2019s a close-up of the headlight housing. The texture of the surface rust is almost like fine-grit sandpaper. This type of headlamp configuration was common during the '30s.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThis is a beautiful crest. It is a sailboat. You will see the art-deco style of the \u201930s here. In fact, the whole car is an example of automotive art deco.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nI would love to own a car with suicide doors. There is something very classy about them. Also notice that this unit is right-hand drive.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThis car is 95-percent complete. Alfred had already removed the seats before I arrived. The floor had already rusted away, but that\u2019s an easy fix.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHere\u2019s a view of the six-cylinder flathead engine. We are happy to find out that this power plant will be rebuilt. Running gear will also remain as original as possible.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe chrome hinges have broken. I would leave them that way, actually.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThere\u2019s more rust back here. The sailboat-theme carries on to the emblems. My theory is that Plymouth used a stylized sailboat on its emblems because the first American settlers who landed on Plymouth Rock arrived on sailboats. Do not quote me on that.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nA shot of the sexy split window at the rear.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nFor such a big car, this Plymouth has tiny taillights. The fuel-filler cap is positioned nearby.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIt is great that Alfred\u2019s shop is on my bicycle route to the office. I am always the first to see some really rare automobiles.\r\n\r\nSo, what do you think? Should this car\u2019s patina be preserved? Or should this car see a frame-off restoration?