There are a variety of definitions for what actually is considered a classic car. One of the most popular definitions of a vintage automobile is the one supplied by the Classic Car Club of America. The Classic Car Club of America insists that a vehicle cannot be a classic if it was manufactured after the year 1948.
Also, the club defines a standard automobile as a “fine or distinctive automobile, either American or foreign built, produced between 1925 and 1948.” Also, a classic vehicle was high-priced when it was brand new and they were built in limited quantities. Any member of the Classic Car Club of America can petition for the club to add a automobile to their list of what they consider vintage cars but the petition will be placed under a large amount of scrutiny before any decision is made.
Individual states within the United States have their own definitions and requirements for what is a classic vehicle for the sole purpose of antique vehicle registration with those individual states. Most states’ definitions include that a time-honored vehicle is one that was “manufactured 15 years prior to the current year and has been maintained or restored to a condition that is in conformity with manufacturer specifications and appearance.”
The Classic Car Club of America was founded in 1952 by a group of auto owners that were being excluded from vehicle shows because they were told that the cars they owned were too modern. The list of cars that have been deemed time-honored by the Classic Car Club of America looks like this: A.C, Adler, Alfa Romero, Alvis, Amilcar, Armstrong-Siddeley, Aston Martin, Auburn, Austro-Daimler, Ballot, Bentley, Benz, Blackhawk, BMW, Brewster, Brough Superior, Bucciali, Bugatti, Buick, Cadillac, Chrysler, Cord, Cunningham, Dagmar, Daimler, Darracq, Delage, Delahaye, Delaunay Belleville, Doble, Dorris, Duesenberg, du Pont, E Icar, Excelsior, Farman, Fiat, Franklin, FN, Graham-Paige, Hispano-Suiza, Horch, Hotchkiss, Hudson, Humber, Invicta, Isotta-Fraschini, Itala, Jaguar, Jensen, Jordan, Julian, Kissel, Lagonda, Lanchester, Lancia, LaSalle, Lincoln, Lincoln-Continental, Locomobile, Marmon, Maserati, Maybach, McFarlan, Mercedes, Mercedes-Benz, Mercer, M.G. Minerva, N.A.G., Nash, Packard, Peerless, Pierce-Arrow, Railton, Raymond Mays, Renault, Reo, Revere, Roamer, Rochet Schneider, Rohr, Rolls-Royce, Ruxton, Squire, S.S. Jaguar, Stearns-Knight, Stevens-Duryea, Steyr, Studebaker, Stutz, Sunbeam, Talbot, Talbot-Lago, Tatra, Triumph, Vauxhall, Voisin, Wills Ste Claire and Willys-Knight. Not all models of the makes mentioned above are accepted by the Classic Car Club of America as classic cars. To check if a model is considered a vintage automobile by the Classic Car Club of America you will have to check their list of approved classics. They are listed in alphabetical order by the make and then divided into the models that are acceptable.
Time-honored cars are one of the most popular hobbies around today. Ask anyone. Especially ask television host Jay Leno. Leno owns quite a few time-honored cars of his own and they have appeared on his television show as well as others such as Home Improvement. Classic automobile shows are very popular across the country and occur on a year round basis.