Let’s compile a point system, and see how Jalop your ride is.

  1. Add 10 points for every decade since your vehicle has been made.
  2. Add 10 points if your vehicle was made by a brand or company that doesn’t exist anymore.
  3. Add 20 points if your vehicle was made in a country that doesn’t exist anymore.
  4. Add 10 points if your vehicle runs on diesel or electricity
  5. Add 10 points if your vehicle has a manual transmission.
  6. Add 10 points if that tranmission is shifted by a lever located anywhere not on the the floor.
  7. Negative 10 points if your vehicle has an automatic, unless it’s a CVT made before 1990.
  8. Add 10 points if the engine is mounted somewhere other than under a front hood.
  9. Add 10 points if the engine is air cooled or does not have valves (20 points if both).
  10. Negative 10 points if your vehicle does not have a full size spare. Plus 5 points if the spare is stored anywhere other than in the trunk.
  11. Add 10 points if your vehicle was made by a company that still exists, but no longer sells cars in your country.
  12. Add 20 points if your vehicle was made by a company that never sold cars in your country.
  13. Add 30 points if your vehicle was made a company that sells cars in your country - but was never sold by that company in your market.
  14. Add 10 points if your vehicle runs on 3 or 6 wheels.
  15. Add 10 points if your vehicle was built by a company that originally did not make cars (ie. a tractor company, motorcycle company, plane company, ship builder, sewing machine factory, etc.)
  16. Add 10 points if your vehicle has fold away jump seats.
  17. Add 10 points if vehicle is painted more than three colors, or brown, 15 points for metallic brown.
  18. Negative 20 points if your vehicle is painted silver, white, grey, or black. Add 5 points if it is painted a non-metallic color (excepting white, grey, black, - no points for you) (Neither rule applies to pre WWII cars)
  19. cylinders: 10 points for ever cylinder less than 4 or more than 8 (and five points for 5). So 10 points for 3, 20 for 2, 30 for one, 20 points for ten cylinders, etc.
  20. Add 10 points for each carburetor - 20 points if fuel injected before 1980.

I’ll score some cars I have owned:

1969 Subaru 360: 125 points

1978 Renault Le Car: 65 points

1973 SAAB 96: 95 points

And for example:

1970 Honda S800 (in yellow): 120 points.

I think we could say: 40+ points: barely jalop. 75+ points: certifiably jalop. 100+ points: very jalop. 125+ points: unusually jalop. 150+ points: unreasonably jalop.

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Let’s see how your car did - and if you have an idea for something that should be scored, say what it is. I tried to make the questions applicable for people in any country - I wanted to say 10 points if your car was made in France, but that would really only be jalop if you live in the Americas - considerably less impressive if you live in Europe. I dunno, what do you think? Wire wheels, cloth tops, or composite materials worth any points?

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