Classic Car Category Guide
Restored to the
current maximum professional standards of quality in
every area, or perfect original with components
operating and appearing as new. This is a 95-plus
point show car that is not driven. In national
show judging, a car in No. 1 condition is likely to win
top honors in its class. In a sense, it has ceased to be
an automobile and has become an object of art. It is
likely to transported to shows in an enclosed trailer,
and, when not being shown, it is stored in a
climate-controlled facility. It is not driven. There are
very few No. 1 cars.
Well-restored, or a
combination of superior restoration and excellent
original. Also, an extremely well-maintained original
showing very minimal wear. Except for the very closest
inspection, a No. 2 vehicle may appear as a No. 1. The
No. 2 vehicle will take the top award in many judged
shows, except when squared off against a No. 1 example
in its own class. It may also be driven 800-1,000 miles
each year to shows, on tours, and simply for pleasure.
Completely operable original or "older restoration"
showing wear. Also, a good amateur restoration, all
presentable and serviceable inside and out. Plus,
combinations of well-done restoration and good operable
components; or a partially restored car with all parts
necessary to complete it and/or valuable NOS parts. This
is a "20-footer." That is, from 20 feet away it may look
perfect. But as we approach it, we begin to notice that
the paint may be getting a little thin in spots from
frequent washing and polishing. Looking inside we might
detect some wear on the driverıs seat, foot pedals, and
carpeting. The chrome trim, while still quite
presentable, may have lost the sharp, mirror-like
reflective quality it had when new. All systems and
equipment are in good operating order. In general, most
of the vehicles seen at car shows are No. 3s.
A drivable vehicle needing no, or only minor, work to be
functional. Also, a deteriorated restoration or a very
poor amateur restoration. All components may need
restoration to be "excellent," but the car is mostly
usable "as is." This is a driver. It may be in the
process of restoration, or its owner may have big plans,
but even from 20 feet away, there is no doubt that it
needs a lot of help.
restoration of body, chassis, and interior. May or may
not be running, but isnıt weathered, wrecked, and/or
stripped to the point of being useful only for parts.
This car needs everything. It may not be operable, but
it is essentially all there and has only minor surface
rust, if any rust at all. While presenting a real
challenge to the restorer, it wonıt have him chasing for
a lot of missing parts.
Number 6: PARTS CAR: May or may not be running, but is weathered, wrecked, and/or stripped to the point of being useful primarily for parts. This is an incomplete or greatly deteriorated, perhaps rusty, vehicle that has value only as a parts donor for other restoration projects.
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