Vintage Car Report Sample

1937 Chrysler Royal Convertible

1937 Chrysler Royal Convertible
VIN:
6914573
Engine #:
54424 
Mileage:
97,950 
Paint Color:
Black w/Tan top 
Trim Color:
Burgundy 
Number of Cylinders:
6
Body Type
SedanCoupeConvertibleOther
Number of Passengers:
5
Number of Doors:
4
Name of Coach Builder:
Chrysler
Is the body original?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
If no, is it an exact duplicate of the original?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Was this an original body transferred from another vehicle?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Is there a Rumble Seat?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Has the body been altered or newly made in a style that differs from the original?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
What are the primary materials used in the construction of the body?
Wood Frame/Wood Skin Wood Frame/Steel Skin
Steel Frame/Steel Skin Other
Upper Body Corrosion
F/DS Fender F/DS Door DS/Rokr/Run.Board Hood R/DS Fender
F/PS Fender F/PS Door PS/Rokr/Run.Board Engine Bay R/PS Fender
R/DS Quarter R/DS Door F Valence Trunk Cowl
R/PS Quarter R/DS Door R Valence Roof Rad. Shroud
None Seen
LEGEND: F=Front R=Rear DS=Driver Side PS=Passenger Side
Upper Body Dents/Dings/Cracks
F/DS Fender F/DS Door DS/Rokr/Run.Board Hood R/DS Fender
F/PS Fender F/PS Door PS/Rokr/Run.Board Engine Bay R/PS Fender
R/DS Quarter R/DS Door F Valence Trunk Cowl
R/PS Quarter R/DS Door R Valence Roof Rad. Shroud
None Seen
LEGEND: F=Front R=Rear DS=Driver Side PS=Passenger Side
Condition of Paint
Flawless Very Good Good Fair Poor
Chipped Scratched Cracked Dull Orange Peel
Poor Preparation Polishing Req. Part Re-spray Req. Full Re-spray Req.
Alignment of Body Panels (gaps)
Regular and ConsistentIrregular or Inconsistent
Collision Damage
Is there any obvious collision damage?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Re-spray
Check under the hood and dash, in the trunk, around the doorjambs, bottom of doors and on the weather stripping.
Do you see any signs that the car was repainted? (i.e. over-spray, tape-lines, or unpainted surfaces)
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Body Filler (a.k.a. Bondo)
Did you notice any ripples in the body finish?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Did you detect any Bondo in the body panels?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Did you detect any Bondo in the lower body, like Floors, Rockers or lower valences etc.?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
If so, state where:Sanding scratches were notes in some areas on the lower fenders but the metal was solid behind.
*Ask the owner if the car while in their possession or, to his/her knowledge:
Has it ever been in an accident?
YesNoNot CheckedSee Notes
Was it totalled/written off?
YesNoNot CheckedSee Notes
Signature on file?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Exterior Chrome/Bright Work
On a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being 'Excellent' and 5 being 'Poor', rate the overall condition of the chrome:
1 = Excellent 2 = Very Good 3 = Good 4 = Fair 5 = Poor
Some re-plating required?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Some replacing required?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Some polishing required?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Are there any dents?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Is there any pitting/rust?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Is there any cloudiness or tarnishing?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Is it all there?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Glass and Rubber Gaskets
Is the overall condition of the rubber door gaskets / weather-stripping?
GoodFairPoor
Are any parts ...
Damaged?Dried-out/Aged?Loose?Missing
If so, state where:Windows and soft top.
What overall condition is the glass in?
GoodFairPoor
Is the glass ...
BrokenCrackedScratchedChippedDelaminating
If so, state where:Wind wings.
Soft-Top (If the car is a convertible)
What condition is the soft-top in?
Very GoodGoodFairPoor
Is it the original top?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
What material is it made of?
FabricNylonVinyl
If a replacement, is it ...
Factory OriginalAfter-MarketUnknown
Does it seem to seal well around the windows when in the up position?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Are there any rips or tears?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Is the stitching coming apart anywhere?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Is the top taut when in the up position?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Is the rear window made of ...
GlassPlasticOther
Is the rear window ...
ClearScratchedDiscolored
Top frame mechanism condition:
GoodBrokenRustedRequires Painting
Does it operate smoothly?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
What condition are the side curtains in?
Poor - 1 2 3 4 5 - Perfect
Do the side curtains appear to have their applicable Irons, Brackets and Fasteners?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Is there a jack?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Is it the correct one for the car?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Is there a jack bag?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Is there a lug wrench?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Is the the correct one for the car?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Is there a Tool Roll/Kit (Pliers, Screwdriver, etc.)?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
If yes, do all the tools appear to be present?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Is there a spare wheel?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
How many spare wheels are there?
12
Does the spare wheel rim match the other wheels on the car?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Grade the condition of the carpet in the luggage area:
GoodFairPoorNone
How many keys (per set) are there?
1234 or more
Does one key operate both front door locks?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Do the keys fit and operate the locks as they are meant to?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Does the hood / engine cover open easily?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
The underside of the hood / engine cover is:
CleanSomewhat DirtyVery Dirty
Does the paint in the engine bay match that of the car?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Is the engine and bay:
CleanSomewhat DirtyVery Dirty
* Do numbers stamped on the engine match those on the ID plate on the firewall?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Are there any wires or electrical cables loose, cracked, brittle, spliced or frayed?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Is there oil visible anywhere on the engine?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
If yes, is there alot?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Is there any oil visible on the floor beneath the car?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
If yes, is there alot?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Is there transmission fluid on the floor beneath the car?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
If yes, is there alot?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Is there any coolant on the floor beneath the car?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
If yes, is there alot?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Is the amount of oil in the engine at the manufacturers recommended level? (check dipstick)
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Does the oil look:
Old/Black/Dirty Recently Changed In Between
Do you see any evidence of cross-contamination of fluids (coolant in the oil)?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
If the transmission is automatic, check the dipstick. Does the fluid look:
Red/PinkBrown
Does either the engine oil or transmission fluid smell burnt?
EngineTransmission
Do you notice any of the following?
P/S Pump P/B Servo A/C Compressor Hydraulic Brake Res.
Supercharger
Does the car have an electric starter?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Look inside the brake fluid reservoir. Is the level correct?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Is the fluid clear?
YesNoNot CheckedSee Notes
Do all the radiator hose clamps you can see match each other?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Has the early 'honeycomb' type radiator core been replaced with modern core material?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Did the car start easily?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Were there any 'clanks' when the car first started up?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Does the car have an Oil Pressure Gauge?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
If Yes, what does the oil pressure gauge read?
LLNNNHH
or enter lbs:40 lbs
(From beneath the Hood / Engine Cover)
Does the car idle:
SmoothlySomewhat RoughlyVery Roughly
(While the engine is still cold) Remove the radiator cap.
Is there coolant visible?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
If yes, do you see any air bubbles surfacing in the water?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Do you see any oil in the water?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Remove the valve cover cap and check for 'blow-by'
Does any smoke blow out?
YesNoNot CheckedSee Notes
Rev the engine a few times
Do you notice any smoke coming out of the tail pipe?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
If yes, what color is it?
BlackWhiteLt. GrayLt./Dk. Blue
*Slowly bring the car up to operating temperature. Once you've reached this point, gradually depress the accelerator, as the car comes up through the rev. range listen very carefully to the engine.
Do you note any 'Growls', 'Rattles' or 'Knocks'?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
If Yes, describe:The engine did sound a bit rattley when it first started but it seemed to smooth out once the oil pressure went up.
Manual Gearbox
When the car was at a standstill, but with the engine running, if you applied the parking brake, depressed the clutch and engaged second gear; then tried to drive off.
Does the brake hold the car from moving?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Do you notice any slipping of the clutch?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
When depressing the clutch and selecting each gear in turn.
Does the clutch seem to operate correctly?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Do the gears engage easily and smoothly?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Do any of the gears/syncros seem noisy?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Does the throw-out bearing seem noisy?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Automatic Gearbox
From a standstill with engine running, apply the parking brake firmly, put the car in 'Reverse' and then in 'Drive'
Do you notice any 'clunks' from the drivetrain?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Now gently depress the accelerator while in Drive. Note any delay between your pressure on the accelerator pedal and the cars movement. This would indicate slipping clutches, worn bands etc.
Do you feel any slippage?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Does the car immediately try to move?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
With the parking brake release, begin the road test, but 'manually' shift through the gears from Low to Drive and note the smoothness or the 'change'.
Do the gears engage and disengage smoothly?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Do you notice any 'clunks' or 'harsh-shifing' from the drivetrain?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Once on the road, check the foot brakes.
Do you feel the brakes pull the car to one side?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Do the gears still engage and disengage smoothly under load?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
How is the oil pressure now?
LLNNNHHNo Gauge
or enter lbs:50 lbs
Does the car run ...
SmoothlySomewhat RoughlyVery Roughly
Did you notice a misfire?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
With hands momentarily off the steering wheel, does the car keep going in a straight line?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Were there any 'odd' noises you can hear?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Were you able to test drive the car?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Did you drive it on the road?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Did you drive it in a Parking lot/Driveway?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Approximately how far did you drive it?
2 miles
Who drove?
I (the inspector) didThe seller did
Note: If we did not actually drive the car several potential sensory issues like vague steering, shifting, clutch or brake pedal "Feel" will NOT be reported. Therefore DO NOT ASSUME THAT THERE ARE NO ISSUES in this area.
Do the turn signals work?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
If the car has covered or pop-up headlights, did they work as intended?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Do the parking/side lights work?
YesNoNot ApplicableN/ASee Notes
Do the head lights work (Hi-Beam)?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Do the Lo-beams work?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Do the instrument lights work?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Do the interior lights work?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Do the brake lights work?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Do the rear lights work?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Do the back up/reversing lights work?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Do the license plate lights work?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Do the windshield wipers work correctly?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Does the horn work?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Does the car have electric windows?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
If the car has electric windows, do they all work correctly?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Does the car have a sunroof?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
If it has a sunroof, is it:
ElectricManual
Does it operate correctly?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Do all the switches and instruments appear to work (including the clock)?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Do any switches or instruments appear to be missing?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Do all the instruments appear to be original?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Does the car have Air Conditioning?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
If the car has A/C, does it blow cold?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Does the car have Heater?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
If the car has a heater, does it blow hot?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
What are the seats covered with?
VinylLeatherClothSome other material
Is it original?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Has the original material been ...
RepaintedRestoredRepairedReplaced
What condition is it in?
Very GoodGoodFairPoorDirty
Are there any ...
Rips/TearsBroken StitchingBurnsDirt/Stains
Do both front seats operate easily, front/back, recline etc.?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
(If the car has interior Chrome):
The interior chrome fittings look?
ExcellentVery GoodGoodFairPoor
Is there any pitting?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Is there any flaking or rust?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Is there any oxidization or tarnishing?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Do any fittings appear to need plating or replacing
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Do any fittings appear to be missing?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
(If there is wood trim):
Is it all there?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
What condition is the wood in?
ExcellentVery GoodGoodFairPoor
If Poor, does it need:
Sanding and VarnishingReplacing
Is the veneer damaged?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Is only the clear-coat damaged?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
What condition is the headliner in?
Very GoodGoodFairPoor
Are there any rips or tears?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Is it dirty/stained?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
If there is a sunroof, are there any signs of leaks?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
What condition are the carpets in?
Very GoodGoodFairPoor
Do they need cleaning?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
or do they need replacing?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
*(Lift the carpets)
Are the floor pans made of:
SteelWood
If steel, are they rusted?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
If wood, are they rotted?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Are the carpets held down?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Is a Radio fitted in the car?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Does the radio work?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Do all of the speakers work?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Is there a power antenna?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Does it work?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
What condition are the interior door panels in?
GoodFairPoor
Are the interior door panels ...
WarpedDamagedLooseWorn
Is the dash condition ...
GoodFairPoorDamagedCrackedWarped
Do the doors open easily from inside the car?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Do all the windows operate easily?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Do the door locks work and operate smoothly from inside the car?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Did the doors drop when you opened them?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Do they align correctly from the outside in order to close?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
What wheels are fitted to the car?
SteelAlloysWiresWood
Are they original?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
What overall condition are they in?
GoodFairPoor
Is there any Curb Rash?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
If Chrome, what condition is it in?
GoodFairPoor
If Painted, the finish is?
GoodFairPoor
If Wires, are there any spokes missing or damaged?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Are the knock-offs damaged?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
If Hubcaps/Wheel Trims are fitted, what condition are they in?
GoodFairPoor
What make and size of tires are fitted to the car?
Lester 6.50 /16 Cross Ply w/white walls
Are all four tires the same size and make?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Does the spare match?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
How worn are they?
Like NewPart-WornBarely-LegalCrackedCut/Damaged
If unevenly worn, was the wear on the ...
FrontRearOutside EdgeInside EdgeCenter or Sides
Look carefully at the wheel wells, especially in front and back of the tire and the outer lip
Do you see any signs of ...
RustBondoRepairs/PatchesExcessive Undercoating
Check for sagging springs by looking at the profile of the car from a distance. It should sit level, front to rear and side to side.
Does the car sit level?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
If no, does it seem lower ...
At the BackAt the FrontOn the Left SideOn the Right Side
Press your weight on each corner of the car in turn, bounce the car three times and let go
Does the car ...
Continue to bounceSuspension is too stiff to testNot ApplicableSee Notes
What did you use to inspect the underside?
A LiftRampsFloor JackNothing
Is there rubberized under-coating beneath the car?
SomeA LotNone
Do you see any signs of rust, a bent frame or patches that have been welded in?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Check the oil and Transmission pans, the rear end, steering rack and front cross-member etc
Do you see any fluid leaks?
YesNoNot Applicable
Check the underneath whenever possible. Stab around with an awl or screwdriver, especially the frame, dog legs, jack points and structural sections (where body, axles, springs attach to the frame) if anything looks rusted, patched or suspicious, photograph and note it down.
This appears to be a 'desert state' car. Meaning it's a car that has spent its life in hot sun. No rust noted. The underside has been painted with gloss blac paint and there are areas where it has chipped or flaked off. There is a leather gaiter on th driveshaft that is dried out and split.
Note: If no lift was available at the time of the inspection any comments made are based on observations from a prone position. As it is impossible to inspect the underside of a vehicle thoroughly without a lift, DO NOT ASSUME THAT THERE ARE NO ISSUES in this area.
Check the title for authenticity and proof of ownership.
Is the title ...
RegularSalvageOther/SpecialNot Available
If Not Available, did you see an official ...
Certificate of RegistrationBill of Sale
Does the VIN / Chassis number on the vehicle match the title or registration certificate?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Are there any receipts, service records etc. to look at?
YesNoNot ApplicableSee Notes
Enter any comments here:
Body # C16 - CS 1452
Left rear fender skirt was not a great fit. The rear seat leather has been reaplaced with 'American' leather. This differs from the European leather used on the front seat although the color is right. The weather stripping on the soft top is perished. The soft top frame has some surface rust and could use paint. The paint looks good from 3 meters away however when you get close you can see some chips, some touched-up chips, some cracking, orange peel and dirt in the finish in varuous areas. Individual areas could be stripped and painted as not all the car is bad, however it is this inspectors opinion that to make it right the car should be stripped to bare metal and professionally resprayed. The exterior chrome has some pitting on pieces but overall is good. The mat in the trunk was rubber and looked new. The rear of the car has carpet on the floor, the front has rubber mats. There was some delamination of the glass on the wing windows. The soft top fit well but the windows had to be adjusted to fit snuggly and hopefully keep out the rain. The gaskets on teh soft to would need replaceing. The clock was not working or even hooked up. We did not remove the spare wheel from the trunk. The tire looked the same as those on the car and the rim looked the same so far as could be seen. There is only one lock on the doors, on the right side and the key fit. The key did not lock the trunk lid. There are extra uncut key blanks on the bunch. The brake fluid resevoir could be sen but not easily accesssed at the bottom of the firewall. Also there was no lid, a wrench would be required to remove the cap in order to view the fluid and this was not done. The brake worked fine during the test drive but did require quite a bit of effort to slow such a large car without the help of power assist! The oil pressure was 25 lbs at warm idle. There was a slight exhaust leak at the manifold. The gears change fine going from 1st to 2nd to 3rd with just a slight 'snick' as each gear was selected. Changing down was a little harder going from 3rd to 2nd, however when I slowed enough it went into 1st without issue. The over-drive was also tested and worked as intended. The car wandered to the right with hands off the wheel during the test-drive but there was surprisingly little 'play' in the steering for such and old car. Only the rear lights come on in 'park' mode. The left brake light is out. The right front and left rear turn signals didn't work. The heater blower fan worked but barely blew. We didn't run the car long enough to see how hot it got. The front seat does not recline but does slide back and forth about 6 inches. The front interior door pulls are mishapen. There is an after market turn signal aparatus fitted. Piant is worn off the steering wheel. The left headlamp bezel is dented.