If a painting says 'Rembrandt' or 'Picasso', that painting is worth more than an equally beautiful painting without a name on it. It becomes exciting again when a painting is not painted by Rembrandt or something, but that the name of the painter is on it.
Just another 15.000 euros extra
For example, a perfectly restored BMW R68 is a rare (something from 3000 was made), so expensive. And it is clearly a BMW. To keep the variety pure, BMW has an authenticity register for that kind of exotics. It refused such a certificate for the reborn BMW because it could not be made clear that the nameplate would be 100% factory original.
Also read: Restoration BMW R68
After a long negotiation process, the BMW ended up with an ex-BMW hotemetoot. And what the restorer failed to do, the old friends managed to do it together: The R68 got his birth certificate. And that paper is just worth what is printed on it? With factory approval, the BMW was suddenly worth € 15.000 more.
Nevertheless, such a statement of authenticity can be useful
After all, there are many classics on two and four wheels dressed as more expensive brothers. And if you are going to spend serious money, then it is nice to know that you are not spending that money on a creative fake.
For most classics, the authenticity within a club can be traced. But there are also 'registers' that, whether or not manufacturer-related and / or recognized, can give the classic its official status. That process costs money, and depending on whether the original supplier is further south, time. With the French, any form of quick settlement is effectively drained by the optimally developed bureaucracy. In Italy chaos reigns as ever. The only consolation is that no serious automotive activities ever came out of Greece.
A British Renault
The Renault R5 Turbo 2 in the photos has a British license plate. The car is exemplary original. But because such an R5 Turbo phase 2 is really worth a lot of money these days - or: it is in any case paid for it - the potential buyer wants to have a 'certificate d'origine' with it. For this you can consult Renault at Renault SRC in France. Roy Bolks of Potomac Classics rolled up his sleeves and emailed to France.
Wait, wait, wait a little longer
A long time ago, all information about the anabolic R5 was sent to that useful institution. And then there was a deafening silence. That was when we were called in to talk to the French. Taking into account the local break and rest times, we tried to call the French. That has not yet worked. As an experiment, we then pressed the suggested '0' for contact in English. After the transfer we got a tape again. In fast spoken French. But because we speak French, we already knew: Also in English you were told in French that there were countless people waiting for us and that the waiting time… Well. Never mind.
In the meantime, we found https://classicregister.com/id-guides/info-guide-1988-1991-renault-5-gt-turbo-phase-2, but unfortunately that site does not issue certificates written out with quill on parchment. We now have four cases in which the French bureaucracy shows what it is worth. The only consolation is that the French suffer as much as we do.
But the wait can be rewarding….
Waiting for recognition