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Condition Scores of Classic Cars: What the Numbers Mean

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When learning about classic cars, one of the first things to study and research is the different types and styles and ratings of classic cars.  That last word is probably most important.  Ratings.  Also known as classifications.  The classification of a car can make a big difference in its cost and in its overall value.  It can also make a big difference as to how much work it will need when one takes possession of it.

When one is considering buying a classic car, one needs to keep in mind exactly not only how much money one wants to spend on such a car, but also on how much work one wants to put in on it.  The two are equally important, and they operate off of a converse scale.  The more money one spends, generally speaking the less work one will have to do on the vehicle, and conversely the less money one spends the more work one will have to do.  Of course, just like with anything else, there are always exceptions to this rule.  Sometimes one can drop tens of thousands of dollars on a completely junked out vehicle, just because that vehicle is worth a lot of money based off of rarity or something else along those lines.

To aide one in the search, some information has been included below to help prospective buyers in their search.  Listed below are the major scores and levels of quality of car at its time of purchase:

1.Excellent.  Wow.  These are the absolute best of the best.  These are the one percent of classic cars.  Restored up to or exceeding absolutely current maximum professional, top notch standards of pristine quality in every area or an absolute perfect original with components operating or appearing as totally new.  This refers to a 95-plus point show car that isn’t driven for recreational use.  A show car only.

2.Fine.  This refers to a more practical use of a classic car.  This is a well-restored car or a combination of a superior restoration and an excellent original to begin with.  This right here also is an extremely well-maintained original showing very minimal wear.  It can be used recreationally but only in certain weather condition and on certain roads.

3.Very good.  This is the hobbyist classic car person’s absolute dream car.  The obtainable but not extravagant classification.  This is a classic car that is a completely operable original or “older restoration” showing some slight wear.  This classification can also refer to a good amateur restoration, all presentable and serviceable inside and out by anyone so interested. Plus, this also refers to combinations of well-done restoration and good operable components for all included or a partially restored car with all of the parts necessary to complete the car further.

4.Good.  This is that classic car that a person uses for a daily driver.  This is a drivable vehicle needing no or only minor work to be functional and usable for daily use.  It can also be defined as a deteriorated restoration or a very poor amateur restoration done by an inexperienced individual. All components may need restoration to be “excellent,” but the car is mostly useable “as is” and is better off as a driver than a full on restoration project.

5.Restorable.  This car needs some work.  This car needs complete restoration of body, chassis and interior; may or may not be running and working, but isn’t weathered, wrecked or stripped to the point of being useful only for parts.  This is the project car.  The car that one buys for cheap and then does a lot of work on.

6.Parts car.  This car may or may not be running from an engine standpoint, but it is very, very weathered, could be wrecked and/or stripped to the point of being useful primarily for parts for other vehicles, or is almost to the point of just being complete junk.

Regardless of which type of car you are interested in the market for classic cars is so extensive that really anyone can find something that they like and that suits their fancy.

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