What is a classic car?

Webster’s defines the word “classic” as filling in as a standard of perfection. Most would concur that portrays most of the classic cars in existence today, but in order to technically qualify as a classic car, there are additional requirements a car must meet.

Special motor vehicle licensing is available for classic and antique cars here in the US. The specific rules vary for each state, but the general meaning of a great is “An engine vehicle, however not a proliferation thereof, fabricated no less than 20 years before the present year which has been kept up in or reestablished to a condition which is considerably in congruity with maker determinations andappearance.” according to the DMV. If the car exceeds 45 years, it is then considered an antique.

The CCCA, or Classic Car Club of America is an organization that dedicates itself to the collection, preservation and enjoyment of some of the finest classic automobiles in the world. They have their own definition of a classic car, which is as follows:

“A CCCA Classic is a “fine” or “particular” vehicle, either American or remote constructed, delivered in the vicinity of 1925 and 1948… Different variables, including motor removal, custom coachwork and extravagance embellishments, for example, control brakes, control grip, and “one-shot” help decide if a car is thought to be a Classic.”

Since this definition is basically exclusive to the CCCA, they usually use terms such as “CCCA Classic” or “Full Classic” (which is trademarked) to define cars that have been accepted to their roster. CCCA Classics are cars that were built in limited numbers and were rather expensive when purchase new from the showroom. These cars are representative of the pinnacle of engineering, styling and design for their times.

Due to the age of classic cars, they often lack what are considered basic safety features of today’s standards. They were not originally equipped with air bags, crumple zones or rollover protection. Their steering and braking capabilities usually leave a lot to be desired as well. This poses a safety concern for any driver of such a car, and also requires them to be extra aware of road conditions and very knowledgeable of their car’s capabilities and limits.

It is possible to have your classic car retrofitted with 2 or 3-point seatbelts that meet current safety standards, but some owners would not even consider it if it’s not original equipment. Federal law only states that a car must be consistent with the standards that were in place at the time of manufacture, leaving states to outline their own regulations as to the acceptable usage of classic cars. Some parts of the United States discourage using classic cars as daily transportation and in some areas it is absolutely prohibited. Almost all have mileage restrictions, and some will only allow them to be driven to and from shows or events.Buying a Classic Car is actually a large investment and really should be
treated as such. Get all the points concerning that particular car
Before to view it and will also be much better off when negotiating the
out the door cost. Be sure to purchase proper insurance and get
protected storage available.

 

 

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