• Words by Mr Henry Alexander

Old cars look great but aren't always reliable. Modern cars are bulletproof but have no soul. The quest for the best of both worlds has given rise to the latest automotive trend: the "restomod". This is what happens when money-no-object modification pushes the boundaries of traditional restoration to refashion a classic into the car it should have been all along. Popular among the California custom scene for years, the UK is waking up to it now, too. Why? Partly for nostalgic reasons; though this isn't just a retro kick. As modern cars become more conformist, a new generation of high-net-worth individuals will pay handsomely for a tailored automotive experience that also happens to be amusingly analogue. MR PORTER picks five of the best.