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Brief View about the Definition of Classic Cars

Brief View about the Definition of Classic Cars

William Jason
February 6, 2011

William Jason

Many people think that a classic car is just an old car, but this couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, determining whether a car is a classic or just a hunk of junk, isn't as easy as people believe. Keep in mind that what one person views as beautiful and desirable, another person may see just ugliness.THis is what makes collecting classic cars such a special thing for so many of us avid collectors.

There are various methods as to how you can define the term classic car, but through time, many experts have come up with their own explanations. The most common way to refer to these vehicles is through the workmanship that was dedicated to their creation, as well as outstanding engineering and elegant styling that were known to influence the cars that were built from 1925 to 1948.

The Classic Car Club of America or CCCA has a similar definition to the category. For CCCA, classic cars are the types that were created between the years of 1925 to 1948 and went though great detail work and craftsmanship. These can also be referred to as special cars that stand out because of the fine design. These cars must surpass the advanced engineering standards. Other factors that can also be included in considering our the engine displacement, the presence of luxury accessories, custom coachwork and a lot more.

There is an endless list for the CCCA as to the types of vehicles that fit the category. Their members are also allowed to petition some vehicles to be included on the list, given that careful study and investigation will ensue before anyone can decide about the matter. In many states in the US, it is common to find time based rules in defining the term to give clearer rules and procedures when it comes to legal matters that include the registration of the classic vehicles.

Insurance companies also have varying opinions when it comes to this matter. There are some companies that allow cars that are 20 years and older to be considered classic, while there are some companies that set the limit to 25 years.

However, in my opinion you don't need a club or an insurance company to tell you that your car is a classic. If an older car appeals to you, then it is instantly a classic in your mind, and really that is all you should care about!

William Jason has admired classic cars ever since he was a young child and you can read his blog at: http://musclecarmonster.com/

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