Grading Categories


The grading descriptions used by this company are based on the accepted descriptions used throughout the North American collector car industry.

#1 Excellent: Restored to current maximum professional standards of quality in all areas. Generally not driven. Transported by enclosed trailer to and from shows.
#2 Very Good: Well restored or a combination of superior restoration and excellent original. May be driven sparingly to shows or for pleasure.
#3 Good: Completely operational original or older restoration showing some wear. May be a good amateur restoration in presentable condition. Sometimes referred to as "20- footer". In general most cars displayed at local show and shine car shows are #3s.
#4 Fair: A drivable vehicle that requires very little work to be totally functional. A poor amateur or older deteriorating restoration. Referred to as a "driver".
#5 Restorable: Needs complete restoration of entire automobile. May or may not be running but having all the major components intact.
#6 Parts or Donor Car: May or may not be running but is weathered, wrecked and/or stripped to the point of being useful primarily as a parts car. This vehicle would be incomplete and/or greatly deteriorated that would only have value as a donor to other projects.
Accepted Value Guide Publications: Old Cars Report Price Guide, Hagerty's Cars That Matter, Hemmings Motor News CPI Value Guide, and NADA Price Guide. These value guides are used as a reference to determine base values. The actual value may vary depending on market conditions.