There is more than one “rating system” for the condition of a classic car but it should be noted that there is a considerable difference in the value between a car that could be described as being in perfect condition and one that is merely in fair condition. Of course, this is one of the reasons that someone may choose to buy a vehicle that is in need of a lot of tender loving care as they could get it for a much lower price than one that is in showroom condition.
Anyway, let’s have a look at some of the categories of condition providing a brief overview of what the vehicle is likely to look like.
When looking at a classic car that is in fair condition you will expect to find a number of marks, scratches and dents on the bodywork. The windscreen glass may be damaged. The paint on the bodywork is likely to have seen better days and the car is likely to need a re-spray. Inside, the seats may have some rips and the control switches and levers may look well used as this is probably a vehicle that gets a lot of use. Some of the items inside the vehicle may have been replaced but not with original parts.
There may be no noticeable blemishes to the bodywork when a cursory glance is directed towards the car but closer inspection may show up some minor issues with the bodywork. However, the car may have had a re-spray. The vehicle is likely to be taken out for weekend trips on a regular basis.
You are going to have to look very carefully to spot any problems with the bodywork or paintwork. The interior is going to look almost as new with well cared for seats, dashboard and original parts. It will drive well and may be in with a chance of winning a prize or two at shows.
If your classic car fell into this category it is almost going to be better than when it was first manufactured. Any new parts would be original and may have taken time to source. It will be like a showroom model.
The important thing is that, no matter what condition your classic car comes under, you give it the care and attention that it deserves and enjoy owning it.