What Makes a Car a Classic

What makes a car a classic? You may have heard the terms "classic cars" or "antique cars" tossed around, sometimes interchangeably.

What Makes a Car a Classic?
When people get together and try and classify objects, there are bound to be disagreements, particularly when you are outside of the bounds of science. And, while there is a science behind building cars, defining what makes a car a classic is somewhat up for grabs.

For example, the Antique Automobile Club of America holds that cars may be classic if they were built at least 25 years ago. However, the Classic Car Club of America disagrees. The CCCA states that classic cars were built between the years of 1925 to 1948. In addition, in order to qualify as a classic car, the cars built between these years had to have been made in relatively low numbers. Qualifying cars also cost at the higher end of the scale. Therefore, classic cars by this definition include some models of Packards, Alfa Romeos, Rolls Royces and Triumphs built during the appropriate years, but don't include Ford Woody Station Wagons.

Of course, the government has to get in to the defining act as well. The U.S. Customs defines "antiques" as being 100 or more years old. However, the government leaves it to individual states to decide what a "historically important vehicle" is. Many states set the time frame for these vehicles at 25 years or older. These cars are usually not licensed for everyday driving, although you can get a regular registration if you like, and drive as you please.

If you are considering entering the world of collecting classic cars, make sure that you understand how to get classic car financing and insurance, particularly if you are trying to decide whether to use your car as a show piece or as an everyday vehicle.

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