CONDITION RATING GUIDE
||EXCELLENT/SHOW CAR A masterpiece, this perfect original car is in the same condition it was in when delivered new or better; or a professionally-restored car that has been restored to new or better than new condition. This car is not
driven, and is transported to shows in an enclosed trailer. Normally stored
in a secured, temperature and humidity controlled environment when not
being shown, this car would be expected to come within a point or two of
a perfect score when judged by professionals using current criteria.
||FINE An original car with very low miles that has been meticulously maintained
since new; or an older professional restoration that has seen very limited
use since restoration. Very close inspection by an expert may detect almost
insignificant flaws or wear, but to most enthusiasts the car would look
perfect. This car would come within several points of a perfect score when
judged, and would receive the top award at a show unless a true Number
1 car were also being judged.
||VERY GOOD A well-maintained original car that has been driven limited miles over
the years; is completely operable with all equipment working as designed,
and at first glance may look perfect; or an older restoration that has
been driven limited miles since the restoration was completed, and is showing
minor wear and tear from being on display at car shows. Closer inspection
may reveal minor wear on parts susceptible to showing wear, such as brake
and gas pedals, and some thinning of paint and chrome finishes may also
||GOOD Major components function properly, and the vehicle is completely
safe to drive but may need minor repairs to mechanical systems. No parts
are missing, but this car has been driven on a regular basis and may need
a paint job and a few trim pieces rechromed or replaced. Amateur restorations
usually fall into this category, as do very old professional restorations
that have deteriorated due to use and exposure to the elements.
||RESTORABLE May or may not be running; everything on the car needs to be restored;
may be missing minor parts, but the major components are there. Any body
damage due to collision or rust should be minor; some surface rust may
appear, but no holes should be present. The car is structurally sound,
but needs cosmetic updating to paint, upholstery and top material, as well
as repairs to various mechanical components.
||PARTS CAR Probably not running well, if at all; missing some major as well as minor
parts; may have serious body damage due to wreck or rust through. Soft
trim and rubber parts are most likely completely ruined from weathering
and exposure. This vehicle needs many parts and has deteriorated to the
point of not being a good candidate for restoration.
|Other sources list vehicle condition on a 1-4 or 1-5 scale; we believe
the 1-6 scale above allows a better representation of overall vehicle condition,
and leaves less to individual interpretation. There doesn't seem to be
one specific industry standard at this time.