The Classic Car: Is It Just Old or Does It Need to Be Unique?

vintage carWhat makes a classic car — classic? Is it the age, make, model, rarity or popularity? If it’s the age, how old does car have to be to gain the label of being a classic vehicle?

Ardell Brown, a dealer of unique classic cars, shares that a classic car has to make an impact on the auto industry at the time of its launch and that it has to “transcend time itself.”

Other organizations do have their definition of a classic car:

The Antique Automobile Club of America

The organization has been in existence since 1935. It defines classic cars as fine or unusual cars between 25-50 years old. Vehicles that are 50 years and older cars bear an antique classification since they are rare. Some clubs also like differentiating between antique, classic, and vintage cars.

Classic Car Club of America

The organization defines a classic car as a fine or distinctive car either foreign or American produced between 1925 and 1948. The CCCA also states that Cadillac has the most classic cars in history.

Recognized organizations that work exclusively antique and classic cars are not the only ones that know this unique segment of the auto industry. The opinion of other professionals may, in fact, have an impact on the cost of your classic car.

Classic car lenders and insurers sometimes disregard some substandard car models built in the ‘70s and ‘80s. Although they fall within the classic tag due to their age, they are not considered collectibles, which disqualifies them from the classic label. So it’s crucial for you to check with an insurance company how it defines a classic car before obtaining a policy for it.

You should research your state’s definition of antique cars before requesting for historical license plates. Many states give special rates for classic cars; some may not allow the unique transportation as daily vehicles and only let them participate in car parades and car shows.