What can I sell at Catawiki's Classic Car auctions?

Classic Cars & Modern Classic Cars

Because potential buyers come to Catawiki looking for special and rare cars, our in-house experts select every piece for our auctions, ensuring they are of premium quality and are presented in the best possible way.

We do this because we aim to keep our bidders excited, helping them find the pieces they’re interested in whilst ensuring our sellers have great selling experiences.

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Product Guidelines

At Catawiki we auction classic and modern collectable cars of premium quality in various price ranges, which are appealing to passionate car enthusiasts and collectors.

For our classic car auctions we seek:

Classic cars

  • that were produced up until 1985 
  • that are in good condition (grade 1-4) 
  • that have a minimum market value of €5,000

Modern classic cars (youngtimers)

  • that were produced between 1985-2001* 
  • that are in very good condition (grade 1-3)
  • with a maximum mileage not exceeding 10,000 km per year
  • with a minimum market value of €5,000

Barn finds

  • that were produced before 1985 
  • that are in a condition not beyond repair (grade 5)

All cars need to be accompanied by documentation proving legitimate ownership.

*Cars manufactured after 2001 can be considered for auction only if they are of very limited production, of demonstrated special provenance or rare super-cars.

Collectable vehicles suitable for our auctions

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  • Classic cars (made before 1985) with enough historical interest to be collectable and worth preserving or restoring. We occasionally accept tractors of the same period.
  • Modern classic cars (youngtimers), potential future classic cars, made from 1985-2001.
  • Barn finds, vehicles produced before 1985 that are rare and valuable and therefore of collectable interest despite their poor condition and need of significant restoration work.
  • We accept replicas and/or kit cars as long as they are legally road registered with the original manufacturer/series on the paperwork. The provenance must be correctly described. 
    e.g. Porsche 911 RS or a Porsche 356 speedster replica based on a Beetle chassis.

Unsuitable vehicles and items

  • Cars that were produced after 2001 are generally unsuitable for our Classic Car auction, unless the car is of a very limited production or has a special provenance (e.g. owned by a famous person) 
  • Replicas of brands that are not allowed by the manufacturer cannot be accepted for our auctions. Examples are Ferrari Dino or Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing. 

Carriage, spare and car parts or other automobilia items are not suitable for our Classic Car auction but might be offered in the dedicated Automobilia auction.

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Pedal Cars

Engine & Spareparts

CarriageSeats & car parts

Maximum mileage/kilometres

  • Modern classic cars (youngtimers) should have on average no more than 10,000 km per year (see example)
  • For classic cars, no maximum mileage applies

For example (from the year 2018): 
A car manufactured in 1992 should not have more than 260,000 km on the odometer (26 years, 10,000 km a year)

A car manufactured in 1999 should have no more than 190,000 km (19 years, 10,000 km a year)

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Condition

In order to ensure an adequate level of quality in our auctions, Catawiki applies a car condition grading scale. The grading reflects different conditions in relation to the age of the car.

Grade 1 – Vehicle is in excellent condition (classic cars & modern classic cars) 

Grade 2 – Vehicle is in very good condition (classic cars & modern classic cars)

Grade 3 – Vehicle is in good condition (classic cars)

Grade 4 – Vehicle is in fine condition (classic cars)

Grade 5 – In need of restoration (only barn finds)

Grade 6 – Vehicle is inoperative - good for parts only

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We might ask supporting proof of condition (optional), e.g. in the form of:

  • Inspection Report
  • Classic car certification (from nationally recognised third party): i.e. ASI, TUV, Classic data, Heritage
  • Service history, maintenance, paperwork
  • Restoration report

Vehicle condition classification

Grade 1 Vehicle in excellent condition

  • PAINT & BODY: Only minor defects in panel surfaces requiring no conventional body or paintwork. May have had limited high quality repairs performed. No missing, broken or damaged parts that require replacement. No visible glass damage.

  • INTERIOR: No missing, broken, or damaged parts that require replacement. No cuts, tears or burns that require repair. Shows no signs of wear. No noticeable or offensive odour.

  • FRAME/UNIBODY: Frame/structure has not been repaired or altered. Expected to measure to published specifications.

  • MECHANICAL: Mechanically sound. All accessories are operable. All fluid levels full and clean.

Grade 2 Vehicle is in very good condition

  • PAINT & BODY: Minor chips or scratches in panel surfaces requiring minor conventional body and paintwork. May require removal of small dents that have not broken the paint. May have had high quality conventional repairs of cosmetic or light collision damage. May require replacement of minor missing or broken parts. No visible glass damage beyond minor pitting of windshield.

  • INTERIOR: Clean, showing minimal wear. May require replacement of minor missing or broken part. No noticeable or offensive odour

  • FRAME/UNIBODY: Frame/structure has not been repaired or altered. Expected to measure to published specifications.
  • MECHANICAL: Mechanically sound. All accessories are operable. Fluids may require service.

Grade 3 Vehicle is in good condition

  • PAINT & BODY: May require conventional body and paintwork. May require replacement of parts. May have sustained cosmetic or light collision damage and have been repaired to collision industry standards. Windshield may be damaged.
  • INTERIOR: Shows signs of normal wear and usage. May require repair or replacement of parts.
  • FRAME/UNIBODY: Frame/structure has not been repaired or altered. Expected to measure to published specifications.
  • MECHANICAL: Mechanically sound. May require maintenance. May require minor repair of accessories. Fluid levels may be low or require replacement.

Grade 4 Vehicle is in fine condition

  • PAINT & BODY: Dents, scratches and body panels that may require replacement. Parts may be broken and missing. May have multiple prior repairs performed at substandard levels. May have been repaired or have unrepaired collision damage.

  • INTERIOR: Shows signs of excess wear. May have burns, cuts, tears, and non-removable stains.

  • FRAME/UNIBODY: May have repaired or unrepaired frame/structure damage. May not measure to published specifications.

  • MECHANICAL: May have mechanical damage that prohibits vehicle from operating properly. Engine and/or transmission may be in poor condition. Operability of accessories is questionable.

Grade 5 In need of restoration

  • Overall Condition: May have sustained major collision damage, but may be driven. May be cost prohibitive to extensively recondition this vehicle by automotive industry standards. Frame/structure may not measure to published specifications. May have missing or disconnected mechanical parts. Although operable, this vehicle is near the end of its useful life. Operability of accessories is doubtful.

Grade 6 Vehicle is inoperative

  • Overall Condition: Good for parts only. Mechanical and body parts may be inoperable, disconnected, damaged or missing.

Authenticated originality & proven legitimate ownership

Buyers are more likely to bid on your car if they know it’s certified as being authentic.

Proven legitimate ownership
All cars or barn finds needs to be accompanied by at least one of the following:

  • Registration papers
  • VIN number 

Authenticated originality

All cars need to be accompanied by at least one of the following authentication info:

  • Originality certification from a trusted third party for classic cars
  • VIN number (photo proof only)
  • Matching numbers (the engine and transmission are marked with the same sequence number as the chassis VIN number)

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Classic car certification from recognised national institutes i.e.: FIVA, ASI, Centro Storico FIAT, TÜV, Classic Data, Heritage

What car brands are we looking for?

While it is impossible to provide a comprehensive list of all collectable brands, in general we consider most American, Japanese and European brands.

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SUMMARY OF REQUIREMENTS

Modern Classic Cars:

  • Value: Current market value has to be higher than €5,000

  • Condition: Needs to be of grade 1 or  (better than average condition)
  • Manufacturing year: Between 1985 and 2001 (in general older than 15 years) - exception for special provenance and very limited production

  • Mileage: No more than 200,000 km and, in any case, no more than 10,000 km per year

  • Maintenance: Need to have proof of service history
  • Proven legitimate ownership: For all auctions we require at least: Registration Papers or VIN number

  • Authenticated originality: For all auctions we require that the car is accompanied at least by one of the following documents:

    - originality certification from a trusted third party for classic cars
    - VIN number (photo proof only)
    - Matching numbers (if not matching, it needs to be clearly stated)

Classic Cars

  • Value: Current market value has to be higher than €5,000
  • Condition: Needs to be of grade 3 to 1 (good condition or better)

  • Manufacturing year: Earlier than 1986

  • Proven legitimate ownership: For all auctions we require at least: Registration Papers or VIN number

  • Proven legitimate ownership: For all auctions we require at least: Registration Papers or VIN number

  • Authenticated originality: For all auctions we require that the car is accompanied at least by one of the following documents:

    - originality certification from a trusted third party for classic cars
    - VIN number (photo proof only)
    - Matching numbers (if not matching, it needs to be clearly stated)

Barn Finds

  • Condition: Grade 4-5 (structural integrity but excessive wear and tear)
  • Manufacturing year: Earlier than 1986

  • Proven legitimate ownership: For all auctions we require at least: Registration Papers or VIN number

  • Authenticated originality: For all auctions we require that the car is accompanied at least by one of the following documents:

    - originality certification from a trusted third party for classic cars
    - VIN number (photo proof only)
    - Matching numbers (if not matching, it needs to be clearly stated)

Register as a seller to begin selling your classic cars on Catawiki, then start submitting your objects for auction right away.