Iron man, I never thought of "restoration" that way though.
You are right though, there is a completely different standard between an restored automobile and a restored antique piece of furniture or heritage firearm. I knew this, I just never put it together, side by side.
Doesn't make much difference though, what Is-Is. You refinish a firearm and it loses value, you rebuild an old wrecked car-you make it considerably more valuable.