Let’s compile a point system, and see how Jalop your ride is.
- Add 10 points for every decade since your vehicle has been made.
- Add 10 points if your vehicle was made by a brand or company that doesn’t exist anymore.
- Add 20 points if your vehicle was made in a country that doesn’t exist anymore.
- Add 10 points if your vehicle runs on diesel or electricity
- Add 10 points if your vehicle has a manual transmission.
- Add 10 points if that tranmission is shifted by a lever located anywhere not on the the floor.
- Negative 10 points if your vehicle has an automatic, unless it’s a CVT made before 1990.
- Add 10 points if the engine is mounted somewhere other than under a front hood.
- Add 10 points if the engine is air cooled or does not have valves (20 points if both).
- 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.
- Add 10 points if your vehicle was made by a company that still exists, but no longer sells cars in your country.
- Add 20 points if your vehicle was made by a company that never sold cars in your country.
- 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.
- Add 10 points if your vehicle runs on 3 or 6 wheels.
- 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.)
- Add 10 points if your vehicle has fold away jump seats.
- Add 10 points if vehicle is painted more than three colors, or brown, 15 points for metallic brown.
- 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)
- 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.
- 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.
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?