Welcome to Howard Auto Preservation
Original or “survivor” vehicles are becoming increasingly rare finds within the automotive world. Far too many cars have been stripped down, modified, and restored due to minor blemishes or personal preference, that there are simply not many “originals” left. Our philosophy is that each car has a unique story to tell, and unfortunately this story gets lost during the restoration process when little regard is given to the historic “in-use” changes that occur throughout a vehicle’s life.
Howard Auto Preservation is committed to the conservation and preservation of automobiles. We are not restorers, and do not attempt to make any vehicle look “new”. Our job is to stabilize and preserve vehicles in order to prevent continued deterioration and ensure their survival for future generations. While most of us appreciate the great attention to detail and craftsmanship that goes into a well executed restoration, we believe that many times it is the wrong approach when treating a rare or original vehicle.
Fine art dealers, collectors, and museum professionals have been using conservation and preservation guidelines for decades. They understand that when a restoration is performed, the sense of age, patina, and imperfections are removed or lost, along with much of the vehicle’s history and sometimes monetary value. Very few people would purchase a historic, painted blanket chest with minor damage and chipped paint, only to stripped and refinished. The owner would contact an art conservator for a consultation and have it properly conserved. Unfortunately, that same mentality hasn't carried over into the auto world until recently.
There are certainly many legitimate and logical reasons for performing full automobile restorations; however, there are times when conservation should be considered to preserve the “survivor” automobile. We have found that a marriage of the two can often be employed to achieve spectacular results.