What makes a car a classic vs just an old car? ?

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  • 1 month ago
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    There several ways a car can be on it's way to being a classic.

    A car that is very widely sold, but for the most part have been scrapped will have more fans than available surviving examples, think 57' Ford pickup.

    A car can be a dud, sold in small quantities, but pick up a wider fan base after it is out of production. think Subaru Baja, or Chevy Cameo bed pickup.

    Another thing happens when a popular car gets a "styling refresh" that is all wrong, makeing the earlier versions instant classics as happened with the 55' thru 57' Chevy when the 58' model was so hideous by comparison.

    I remember the 55' thru 57' Chevy were considered to be classic when they were only five years old, but the 57' Fords which actually sold more widely were all being junked because they were just considered to be old and out of style.

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    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    A classic was probably a rust bucket in its day and most have been scrapped.

    The few surviving ones are classics.

    Ironically , if you bought a well made car that has survived in numbers, it’s just an old car.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Definitions vary. But, I'd say it has to be a popular model & over 20 years old.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    It all depends on whether you are vendor or purchaser.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    People.  One will see the car as a classic and the other will see just an old car.

  • 1 month ago

    A classic car is an older car, typically 20 years or older, though definitions vary. The common theme is of an older car of sufficient historical interest to be collectible and worth preserving or restoring rather than scrapping. In the end, the definition of a “classic car” comes down to personal opinion and preferences. 

  • 1 month ago

    the term classic is overused.....few cars are classic

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