What's best bang for your bucks?
Comment in thread on what you'd get if you got an insurance payout about getting $1,000 XF shitheap with 351 raises this: Are you better building up a car or buying someone else's folly?
There's any number of top cars advertised all the time with stupid amounts of money spent on doing some serious mods, which make them unattractive to most of the market and depress their price hugely. Assuming you can tell that they've been done properly (or at least you think you can), and especially if they've been done professionally and you can talk to the bloke who did them, I reckon they're heaps better value than building up your own.
Would you rather be the buyer or seller of something with genuine receipts for $25,000 that is worth maybe $7,000 to $10,000 on sale?