Entrants must pass certain criteria, including;
• Age of manufacturing;
• Historical accuracy;
• Technical specifications;
• General upkeep, etc.
The cars are divided into classes. There are many types of classes, which vary by each auto show. Classes are determined by:
• Vehicle age;
• Production model and trim;
• Geographic origination;
• Stock condition;
• Colloquial category (i.e. “muscle car”).
Judges rate vehicles based upon historical accuracy, technical specifications, style, etc.
However, the most complicated question is not rating a classic car; it’s deciding what a classic car is. Everyone seems to know, and no one seems to agree.
The Elusive Classic Car
“Classic car” is an elusive term to nail down. Some ardently categorize only 1925-1948 vehicles as classic cars, while some would name a 1969 Dodge Challenger with the same moniker. However, establishing a few general parameters may help to even the waters.
Cars built before the 1920s are generally considered antique or vintage vehicles. Cars produced after the early 1980s are typically classified as “modern-era.” The Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) gives a range of 1924-1948, but insurance industries allow for a “historic vehicle” classification after a car’s 21st birthday. Confused? So is everyone else.
The CCCA gives some general criteria for clarification.
• They were produced and currently exist in limited quantity.
• They were “fine” and “distinctive” creations of their times.
• They were aesthetically beautiful.
• Manufacturing was of premium quality.
• They typify an idyllic standard.
Therefore, one can welcome a 1966 Chevrolet Camaro SS, 1955 Ford Fairlane or 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Super Sport Zagato Spider to the same stage.
Popular Antique Classic Car Shows
• Concours d’Elegance exemplifies flawlessness. The most renowned exhibition is at Pebble Beach, California.
• The CCCA Grand Classics exhibit the best 1924-1948 cars in America.
• Detroit adds new spice to old cars with its Woodward Dream Cruise. Expect to see thousands of hot rods, vintage automobiles and gorgeous classics.
• The Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction bills itself as, “The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions.” Most would agree.
• The Route 66 Rendezvous turns the streets of San Bernardino, California into a procession of automotive treasures.
Care to see more? Get to a classic car show.
There are many famous and not so famous antique classic car shows around the country. A few of the most famous are mentioned in the article above, but you can go and see some great cars at that little car show around the corner from your house. Check your area's classic car show schedule this spring, summer or fall and go out and take a look at these beautiful antique classic cars.