(AUTOWEEK) When it comes to buying an old vehicle, the lack of a clean, up-to-date title is usually a huge red flag — a sign that, in a best-case scenario, you’ll have to run the vehicular registration gauntlet to get a road-legal car.

Worst case, you might end up with an un-plateable vehicle good only for parts.

If said untitled vehicle happens to be a virtually new specimen from the 1950s, 1960s or 1970s, however, we think struggling through the titling process will be well worth it — even if it means an extra trip or two to the department of motor vehicles. Hell, we’d make three trips to the DMV if it meant breaking in a ’59 Chevrolet Biscayne with only three miles on the clock.

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