I’m almost done with setting up the Online DeTomaso Registry project, I’m at the point where I need to define the condition of a car into one of about 10 general categories. This is my draft. Review it using your car as the example.
Let me know what you think of the categories. Now is the time for comments, not after the work is done – grin!
Original and Unrestored
A car is as it was manufactured, including the known flaws. Original Paint (minor repairs allowed, just not a complete repaint). Worn items are allowed to be replaced (Tires, battery, and parts from the Factory like switches). The driveline may be rebuilt but to original specifications with Factory (Ford, DeTomaso & RBT ZF) parts. Dealer installed items such as nerf bar, luggage rack, radio (Becker) and antenna.
Original and Restored
A car that has been restored, repainted (Original Color) and/or refurbished to original specifications using Factory parts. Design flaws have been fixed (Example: cooling mods and electrical) are allowed. It has the parts from the same year and model as new.
Modified - Show
A car that has been modified such that it does not qualify as “Original”, and is in a NEW-like condition. This car is likely meant to be displayed in a car show, and is typically not driven over 200 miles a year.
Modified – Driver
A car that has been modified such that it does not qualify as “Original”, and is driven on a regular basis of more than 200 miles a year.
A car that is no longer licensed for public roads, and has been modified for pure racing.
A car that is currently not drivable, but is receiving work to restore it to useable condition. Some progress MUST be every 90 days.
A car that does not have current license registration, and/or has not been driven (legally) in the last 90 days. This car can drivable, ignoring problems of storage, just not driven. If it is being restored, but with no progress in the last 90 days.
A car that is severely damaged or rusted and is not currently being worked on. The car is complete enough to restore.
The car has been stripped of parts and only the shell remains. It could be restored, but is not currently being restored.
This car physically no longer exists, with no hope of recovery. Perhaps it was crushed, cut up, or scrapped. Paperwork may exist, but the car no longer exists.