What is an an­tique car?

Vision Magazine - - Auto -

The al­lure of the an­tique ve­hi­cle is not merely em­bod­ied in ex­quis­ite engi­neer­ing and crafts­man­ship, but also in the her­itage it pos­sesses. The his­toric ve­hi­cle serves as an in­valu­able heir­loom, a mem­oir of days long past. It is this time­less tran­scen­dence that is still cel­e­brated by clas­sic car en­thu­si­asts and col­lec­tors to­day.

The term “clas­sic car” was first pro­mul­gated in 1973 with the pub­li­ca­tion of a UK mag­a­zine ti­tled “Celebrity Clas­sic Cars”. The term was quickly adopted around the globe in ref­er­ence to older au­to­mo­biles, par­tic­u­larly those that em­bod­ied his­tor­i­cal value. While a car’s age is piv­otal to its iden­ti­fi­ca­tion as ‘clas­sic’, good preser­va­tion and main­te­nance are also key fac­tors.

In­ter­na­tion­ally, au­to­mo­biles that fall within a broad vin­tage cat­e­gory are typ­i­cally dated at least 40 years ago, while Euro­pean clas­si­fi­ca­tions are based upon war pe­ri­ods. Pre-war ve­hi­cles are clas­si­fied as vin­tage, while post-war ve­hi­cles

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