We curate classic and modern collectable vehicles as well as memorabilia and hard to find or new old stock parts. The auctions go live with an informational listing, photo gallery, and additional seller features that help ensure a great result.
Potential buyers are more likely to bid on cars with a good description. All relevant information matters so be as specific as possible. Provide clear, detailed high-quality photos and if possible a video showing the details and/or the engine running.
The description must reflect the car or motorcycle as it really is. Do not give dishonest info or twist or exaggerate the condition of the vehicle.
- A professional and full description of all aspects of the car (paint and body/frame condition, interior condition and mechanical condition)
- Also mention all known issues, rust, work done or that needs to be done and all if any restoration work done.
- How many previous owners if known.
- Any details about the history or special provenance of the car and also race history if applicable.
- Inventory included at delivery, such as: technical data, maintenance history, original invoice(s), key sets, toolset, covers, etc.
If you wish to set a reserve price on your auction, please make sure it is reasonable, considering real market prices of similar vehicles and recent auction results.
General classic cars and motorcycles (oldtimers)
- Produced up until 1991
- In condition grade 1 to 6 (also barn finds)
- For these classic cars, no maximum mileage applies
Modern classic cars and motorcycles (youngtimers)
- Produced between 1991 and 2006
- In condition grade 1 to 4
- Mileage not exceeding 15.000 km per year per age of the car
- Mminimum estimated market value of € 5.000
Premium / exotic cars and motorcycles
- Produced up until 2017
- In condition grade 1 to 6
- Minimum market value of € 20.000
- Cars and motorcycles manufactured after 2017 can be considered for auction only if they are of very limited production, demonstrated special provenance (like race cars and motorcycles) or rare supercars.
- We also accept replicas, and/or kit cars. The provenance must be correctly described.
Condition (grading scale)
In order to ensure an adequate level of quality in our auctions, VintaClassics applies a Condition grading scale. The grading reflects different conditions in relation to the age of the car.
Grade #1 Concours
Grade #1 cars and motorcycles are the best in the world. The visual image is in a condition often better than when it left the factory, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, these vehicles have been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are NOS or original and superbly fitted. Early 1900s original barn find car and motorcycles with excellent sheet metal and good original paint that are running and clean can fall into this category. cars with less then 500 miles on it or never ridden motorcycles also fall in this category. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours”.
Grade #2 Excellent
#2 vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicles that have been driven or ridden or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is “excellent.”
Grade #3 Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior or seat where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts, minor metal oxidation or pitting, or worn tires. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Grade #4 Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers or riders, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the seat might have tears in it. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Grade #5 Restoration objects
#5 cars and motorcycles are in need of restoration.
Grade #6 Inoperative
#6 Vehicles are inoperative and beyond repair. Basically good for parts only.
Good photographs are a must, so before you start, please read our tips & tricks. This will help you make better photos of your vehicle and will help bidders make a better decision and can potentially result in higher bids and better sale results.
Tips & Tricks
- Wash/clean your vehicle thoroughly.
- Don’t leave any loose items, packagings or crumbles laying in or around the vehicle.
- Choose your location well.
- Wait for the right time of the day. A bright sun high in the sky will usually not result in the best photos because shadows will be harsh. A cloudy sky can be better.
- Do a few test shots to determine best camera settings.
- Shoot from various angles and take a wide variety of photos. Put yourself in the shoes of your potential buyer.
- Do not take photos with persons standing next to or sitting in or on the vehicle.
To allow our team, as well as your potential buyer to get the right impression of an object, we require a minimum of 25 high-quality photo’s showing:
- A 360 degree view of the outside of the car or motorcycle. This means front, back, left and right side and also all 4 corners.
- Various photos of the complete interior and dash and odometer mileage/km readings.
- Photos of the engine bay and the trunk. In case of a motorcycle, close-up shots of the engine.
- Photos of the chassis and underbody.
- Vin numbers / chassis numbers and if possible engine numbers.
- Close-ups of important details such as accessories, key sets, tool set, covers, etc
- Any significant details, damages or repairs.
- Photos of accompanied documents and certifications.
Not able to take good photos yourself?
We can arrange a photoshoot with one of our professional photographers to guarantee the best results at a reasonable price. Please contact us for more info or to schedule a photoshoot.
Vintaclassics offers you the option to upload up to 3 videos to give your vehicle the extra attention it deserves and to get the maximum attention from your potential buyer.
Before you begin to shoot your video, please also read our tips & tricks for photos.
- Use a serene or neutral background / quiet environment.
- a 360 degree walk-around of the car or motorcycle.
- Show the inside of the car.
- Show the engine bay and trunk of the car or in case of a motorcycle close-up shots of the engine.
- Potential buyers like to hear/see the engine running and if possible start-up from a cold start and hot start.
- Zoom in on important details.
- Do not edit advertisements or company names in the videos and do not put music over the video.
Upload your video to Youtube or Vimeo
In order to have your video on VintaClassics, you need to upload your video to either Youtube or Vimeo. After this copy the video link of your Youtube or Vimeo page and paste it in the applicable field in your VintaClassics account listing page.
For info on how to set up a Youtube or Vimeo account, please read to the info pages of either Youtube or Vimeo.
If you need any more info or assistance on how to put together the best auction details, please contact us.