Beauty, old and rare, are in the eye of the beholder when it come to any classic car. But, what exact definition about classic car ? With so many societies, dealers and informal associations dedicated to the love of classic vehicles, it’s perhaps unsurprising that there are many different opinions about what constitutes a classic. Definitions vary from association to association, country to country and often from person to person.
Here in the US, state governments typically define a classic car as any car over a certain age, normally 20 years from now. It should again have been repaired and maintained in a way that keeps it true to its original design and specifications. In other words it should not be modified or altered.
The Classic Car Club of America only consider cars between the years 1915 and 1948 to be classic. The CCCA goes another step further, and only includes vehicles “distinguished by their respective fine design, high engineering standards and superior workmanship .While most US states the legal definition is 20 years or older.
Generally in Britain and perhaps some of Europe, the definition of what is a classic car can be very subjective. Some fairly recent production cars are considered by some as “modern classics”, especially some of the very expensive low volume production cars. You can be assured that some current exotica such as Ferraris and Lamborghinis will be guaranteed classic status in a very short space of time.
But whatever they say, driving an older car is a great driving experience. Classic cars still offer that authentic hands-on experience, with every texture change of the road surface coming through to the hands of the driver. You can’t this experience in the modern cars with power steering to turn corners, cruise control to stop you speeding and a host of other built-in features that insulate the driver from the feel of the road.