Collector Car Market Review
These are condition guidelines to help
assess a vehicle's condition. Keep in mind that there are many
factors that affect value. For example, a "barn find" may on the
surface look like a #4 or #5 vehicle, but it's time capsule character
often means it is worth far more than it's condition would normally warrant.
#1 Excellent: A close to perfect original or a very well
restored vehicle. Generally a body-off restoration, but a well done
body-on restoration that has been extensively detailed may qualify. The vehicle
is stunning to look at and any flaws are trivial and not readily apparent.
Everything works as new. All equipment is original, NOS, or excellent
quality reproductions. Note: cost no object concours restorations should
be considered 1+ condition.
#2 Very Good: An extremely presentable vehicle showing
minimal wear, or a well restored vehicle. Runs and drives smooth and
tight. Needs no mechanical or cosmetic work. All areas (chassis not
required) have been fully detailed. Beautiful to look at but clearly below
a #1 vehicle.
#3 Good: Presentable inside and out with some signs of
wear. Not detailed but very clean. Body should be straight and solid with
no apparent rust and absolutely no rust-through anywhere. Shiny,
attractive paint but may have evidence of minor fading or checking or
other imperfections. Runs and drives well. May need some minor mechanical
or cosmetic work but is fully usable and enjoyable as is.
#4 Fair: runs and drives OK but needs work throughout the
vehicle. Body shows signs of wear or previous restoration work. Any rust
should be minimal and not in any structural areas. Cosmetics, body, and
mechanics all need work to some degree.
#5 Poor: In need of complete restoration, but is complete
and not a rust bucket beyond repair. May or may not run. Not roadworthy.
Parts or Salvage: Incomplete vehicle most useful for parts. Generally, take 50-60% of the #5 value
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