clutch in the bin
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: United Kingdom
County: North Yorkshire
Mine were removed to repair parking scuffs to both sides from the previous owner. On a car of this vintage the chances are some repair has been carried out at some point. I don't think it should put you off as their removal could be something as simple as mine.
It's probably best to establish if work has been carried out, to what extent and that it has been done to a professional standard.
Check for overspray, colour mismatch, signs of rust at joins and if you can, check behind the panel for rust, welds, dents that are not visable from the outside where gallons of filler may have been used.
I did however replace my badges for the very same reason that has made you think - 'whats happened here then?'