When someone customizes a car, is there a term for the car before it gets pimped?
April 23, 2010 2:50 PM   Subscribe

When someone customizes a car, is there a term for the car before it gets pimped?—or do they just call it, say, a "stock Chevy"?
posted by markcmyers to Society & Culture (16 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
It depends. Is it a basket case?
posted by fixedgear at 2:53 PM on April 23, 2010


No, let's say it's in good condition. But I'd definitely like to hear the term if it is a basket case.
posted by markcmyers at 2:55 PM on April 23, 2010


You'll hear "stock" a lot. I've also often heard the term "unmolested" when referring to cars that have not been modified or (god forbid) "pimped".
posted by smitt at 3:01 PM on April 23, 2010


"factory standard"
posted by radiosilents at 3:02 PM on April 23, 2010


"Original condition"
posted by Burhanistan at 3:05 PM on April 23, 2010


"factory" (as in "still has the factory rims")

"dealer" ("it's got the dealer tinting")

"stock" is also common.
posted by davey_darling at 3:29 PM on April 23, 2010


"Bone stock" is another variation I've heard.
posted by saladin at 3:38 PM on April 23, 2010


If it's rough initially, it's a beater.
posted by imjustsaying at 4:28 PM on April 23, 2010


'Showroom Stock' is another, you hear this with older cars being brought back from the dead - "Do you want it custom, or showroom stock?"
posted by pupdog at 5:04 PM on April 23, 2010


"Project Car" for a car that's going to be built up/restored/customized/modified. Particularly if it's a basket case or incomplete.
posted by zombiedance at 5:16 PM on April 23, 2010


I've heard all of the above, plus "box-stock."
posted by pts at 7:28 PM on April 23, 2010


If it's rough initially, it's a beater.

Also called a hooptie.
posted by CathyG at 9:52 PM on April 23, 2010


"Unmolested", although I've been beaten to it.

This might not cover an after-market stereo or rims, but it would definitely cover body or engine work.
posted by Netzapper at 10:43 PM on April 23, 2010


Vanilla.
posted by laptolain at 10:56 PM on April 23, 2010


bone-stock, OEM
posted by wongcorgi at 3:36 AM on April 24, 2010


Oh yeah, and cars that look stock but have pumped up mechanicals (hot engine etc) are known as "sleepers".
posted by davey_darling at 6:39 AM on April 25, 2010


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