Classic or Antique – How are they different?

Classic car aficionados just love talking, hearing and even dreaming about their classic cars. They can’t seem to get enough. If you are planning on becoming a part of the classic car world you should know the difference between a Model A Ford and a ’68 Chevy Camaro especially if you plan on purchasing one. Yet even the most seasoned buyers get confused between what actually qualifies as a “Classic” or an “Antique” automobile. Each state along with insurance companies and various associations defines the classifications differently. Here is a general idea as to the differences between the two.

Classic Car

The classic car definition is an area of hot debate. One organization like the Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) only considers automobiles manufactured between 1925 and 1948 to be classic automobiles. Others say that it should be between 20 and 40 years old while some say they should be between 30 and 49 years old. So as you see it can get quite confusing, however whatever age most auctions and clubs prefer “Classic” as opposed to “Antique”. Either way for your vehicle to be considered a classic or an antique it must be restored and maintained in such a way as to preserve its original design, condition and specs, If it is altered 9n any way it will no longer qualify for classic or antique status.

Antique Car

An antique automobile is one simply defined as to having antique features. As for the age of the automobile the rule generally accepted by most insurance companies is that the automobile be older than 25 years old. However most of the aficionados mentioned earlier define an antique auto to be older than 45 years old to qualify it for antique status as established by the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACE). The problem is that stat laws vary from state to state. An example of this is in the beautiful state of Florida an automobile bust be at least 30 years old to qualify for an antique license plate. Hope this has been helpful, very confusing but helpful. Once again, Happy Motoring my friends…

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