Classic Car Jargon Buster

Car lovers the world over know there’s a whole language to learn when it comes to motoring. This is more so the case for classic car enthusiasts, who have to take it even further to account for generations’ worth of lingo and classic terminology.

If you’re relatively new to the classic car scene, or looking to make sure you’re up to speed with your jargon, take a look at our buster below.

We’ll help you know your FSH from your HPI. And when somebody asks about your car’s appreciation, you won’t be left looking foolish when you answer that you still appreciate it.

Heritage Classic Car Insurance’s Classic Car Jargon Buster

Boots

Tyres.

Carbage

A rubbish motorcar.

Chopper

Part exchange.

Depreciation

When a car’s value decreases over time.

Dry weight / Kerb weight

The weight of the vehicle without passengers or luggage, but with fuel, oil and water.

Duke

Ducati Motorcycle.

Eurobox

European hatchback.

Fezza

Ferrari.

FSH

Full service history.

Future Classic

A car you seemingly can’t even give away.

GT 

Grand Tourer. A vehicle designed for comfortable long-distance driving.

HPI

British vehicle history check service founded in 1938

J.E.E.P

A car that: Just Empties Every Pocket.

Jesus Handles

Interior handles you’re usually forced to hold as you scream Jesus!

Kiss

Low speed accident that causes no damage.

Left Hooker

Left hand drive car.

Leggy

A car with high mileage.

LWB

Long wheelbase – the length of the vehicle’s chassis.

Lumpy

Big and expensive car.

Marque

The brand of the car manufacturer.

Moggy

Morris Minor.

Nail

Rubbish car.

Orphan

A car nobody wants, even when new.

Prancing Horse

Ferrari.

Pug

Peugeot.

Rag Top

Convertible.

Ringer

A car, usually stolen, that has fake chassis plates and/or log book.

Shed

Old car usually barely drivable.

Sleeper

A boring looking car with more than expected under the bonnet.

Snotter

An old banger.

Trailer Queen

Show car, rarely driven if ever.

SWB

Short wheelbase.

VED

Vehicle Excise Duty (Tax).

VRM

Vehicle Registration Mark – the official term for a vehicle’s number plate.

 

There are many more in the wonderful world of classic car collecting and driving – and you’ll pick them up as you go along. It is a natural part of the journey, so never be afraid to ask. In the meantime, these will help you along the way.

If you need to insure a classic car, call us today on 0121 248 9229 to discuss your options.

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