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We, who have an interest in Vintage Vehicles, use a number of terms to describe our own vehicles and those which we see at shows, club meetings and elsewhere. Sellers also advertise their vehicles, using these same terms.
Often there is little thought about the terms which we use and what is implied when we use them.
The USA VW Community has always been pretty relaxed about our vintage vehicle society, including how we describe our cars. We have not been as “organized” and precise about how we evaluate our cars as has the “Big Car Community”. With classically preserved Volkswagens in the USA fetching into the 5 figures, and even higher, it is time that we paid more attention to how we look at our cars.
Having an inordinate interest in vintage Volkswagens, I read lots of for-sale ads and also listen to owners describing their cars. Mostly, there are three terms, or variations of them, used in these descriptions:
Let’s look at these three and how they should be used and how they are interrelated.