Across the country people love to collect and view classic cars. Many people spend hours working on restoring classic cars to excellent condition. The excitement of looking for a classic car to purchase can last for months as you search and search for your next classic car restoration project. In addition to restoring classic cars many people also like to come and see classic cars. Classic car shows are popular events nationwide. But what exactly makes a car a classic?
When is a Car Considered a Classic?
If you go to Wikipedia is defines a classic car as an older automobile. It then goes on to tell you that the exact definition varies around the world. It suggests that cars that are 20 years old typically fall into the classic car category. Wikipedia states “the common theme is of an older car with enough historical interest to be collectible and worth preserving or restoring rather than scrapping.” Worth is such a subjective topic though that does not really help define classic cars all the way. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder so what one person deems worth restoring others may deem as junk that is not worth restoring.
Classic, Antique & Vintage Car Clubs
This is where the experts can be called in. There are many different organizations that have been formed around classic cars. Let’s introduce you two of them.
• The Antique Automobile Club of America: This club has been around since 1935. They define class automobiles as “fine” or “unusual” vehicles, foreign or domestic, that are between 25 and 50 years old. If a car is more than 50 years old it is considered an antique car instead of a classic car.
• The Classic Car Club of America: The Classic Car Club of America defines class cars as “fine” or “distinctive” automobiles, either American or foreign built, produced between 1925 and 1948. Based on this definition they claim that there over 1.3 million classic cars that have been produced.
Both of these classic car clubs have thousands of members. If you would like your car to be registered with one of these clubs you have to apply. Many of the cars in these clubs are worked on by their owners with great pride. If you have been to a classic car show put on by either of these clubs you know that the details and workmanship on these cars is just beautiful to see. The detail and work that goes into restoring their cars is truly amazing.
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If you know anyone that owns a classic car you probably know that they do not drive them very often. Classic cars do not have all of the safety features that newer cars have and they are not as safe to drive on the road. In addition to the safety factor, classic car owners do not want the carelessness of other drivers to cause any damage to their cars. For that reason, many classic car owners will have their classic cars towed to their shows. If you are in need of a tow for your classic car give Citywide Towing Service a call. We can safely transport your classic vehicle without causing any damage to your pride and joy.