Route 66 – Schedule of Events – 2014

Route 66

Route 66 Calendar of Events

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Route 66 News. (2014).  Retrieved July 28, 2014 from http://route66news.com/schedule-of-route-66-events.

 

Vintage Cars, Investing, & Collecting

A vintage car is, in the most general sense, an old automobile, and in the narrower senses of car enthusiasts and collectors, it is a car from the period of 1919 to 1930. Such enthusiasts have categorization schemes for ages of cars that enforce distinctions between antique cars, vintage cars, classic cars, and so on.

The classification criteria vary, but consensus within any country is often maintained by major car clubs. In today’s terms, a vintage car is defined the same as a classic.

Vintage Bentley Car
1926 Vintage Bentley

The vintage era in the automotive world was a time of transition. The car started off in 1919 as still something of a rarity, and ended up, in 1930, well on the way towards ubiquity. In fact, automobile production at the end of this period was not matched again until the 1950s. In the intervening years, most industrialized states built nationwide road systems with the result that, towards the end of the period, the ability to negotiate unpaved roads was no longer a prime consideration of automotive design.

Cars became much more practical, convenient and comfortable during this period. Car heating was introduced, as was the in-car radio. Four-wheel braking from a common foot pedal was introduced, as was the use of hydraulically actuated brakes.Power steering was also an innovation of this era. Towards the end of the vintage era, the system of octane rating of fuel was introduced, allowing comparison between fuels. In 1923 the gasoline additive Ethyl made its debut at the Indy 500 that resulted in a boost in octane from the 50’s to the 80’s In the United States drive-in restaurants were introduced as well as suburban shopping centers and motels.

Alfred P. Sloan and Harley Earl of General Motors, and Walter P. Chrysler capitalized on advertising the automobile’s role in the life of the consumer for more than just the utilitarian value compared with the horse. The stock market crash of 1929 started the layoff of automotive workers and many new companies went bankrupt but over two million cars were still produced in 1929 and 1930. Horatio Earle, known as the “Father of good roads” had proposed the government create an Interstate highway system in 1902 and in 1909 built the World’s first mile of concrete road on Woodward Avenue in Detroit.

The depression of 1920-1921

The end of World War I brought about the “Depression of 1920-21” with a better than 20 percent inflation rate, a 7 percent Fed discount loan rate, and an 11.7 percent unemployment rate, and many companies went bankrupt and the automotive industry was decimated.

The Big Three

From 1919 to 1929, many dramatic changes took place. General Motors went into a financial crisis that lasted until after Alfred Sloan became president in 1923. Hudson produced the Essex in 1919 that, by 1925, had propelled the company to third in total sales behind Ford and Chevrolet. Ford was in the process of building a new plant, buying back stock, and began an 18-month process of tooling-up to replace the Model T with the Model A in 1927. In 1921 Maxwell failed and Walter P. Chrysler, formerly of General Motors, was brought in to reorganize it and, in 1925, the Chrysler Corporation was formed. With Ford out for a period, Chrysler was able to produce and market the low-priced Plymouth in 1928, and bought out the Dodge Brothers, also in 1928, resulting in “The Big Three” more recently known as the “Detroit Three”. During this time Britain had six major manufacturers instead of three: Morris, Austin, Standard, Rootes, Ford of Britain, and Vauxhall. There were other automakers that made it past the 1920-1921 depression only to fail during the Great Depression. Among smaller automobile manufacturers was Franklin that produced high-quality luxury cars during the 1919 to 1930 vintage era.

Safety issues

Antique automobiles and early to middle era classic cars do not have the safety features that are standard on modern cars. The most rudimentary of safety features, front wheel brakes and hydraulic brakes, began appearing on cars in the 1920s and 1930s respectively. The seat belt, appeared in the sixties and became mandated by federal seat belt legislation in the United States in 1968. However, the merits of adding seat belts to vintage cars is debatable; Chuck Conrad, president of the Des Plaines, Illinois chapter of the Classic Car Club of America stated, “Bolting yourself down to a 70-year-old piece of wood isn’t really going to stop anything.”. Newer mandated safety features, generally apply to production of vehicles after the laws take effect so vehicles built before any new laws are grandfathered, particularly in the United States.

Collecting

For the average person car collecting is a hobby. A person usually has a fascination with a certain vehicle or a history with one so seeks a certain make or model. Finding an antique car at an affordable price is not hard but can be relatively expensive depending on the condition or the desired end result. The less work required on a vehicle equates to a higher price. The more work required means a cheaper initial cost, but more in the long run, and a person’s level of restoration experience plays an important part.

Investment

Comedian and avid car collector Jay Leno stated, “Any car can be a collector car, if you collect it.” Antique car collecting as an investment can be rewarding but most serious investment collectors seek rare or exotic cars and original unmodified cars hold a more stable price. Collecting as an investment requires expertise beyond enthusiast collecting and the standard of quality is far higher as well as a need for investment protection such as storage and maintenance. A short-term investment collector must be able to find a vehicle that has market value that is expected to rise in the foreseeable near future. A long-term investment collector would be less interested in any short-term value seeking to capitalize on an expected value rise over a period of years and a vehicle must have certain intrinsic values that are common to other investors or collectors of both short and long term.

Rarity

Antique vehicles have a higher value according to the rarity that usually (but not always) resulted in some reason for a lack of numbers at production. Certain year and model cars became popular to turn into hot rods thus destroying the original condition. Other models were produced in such quantities that the price is still not inflated. Market trend is an important part in the price of a vintage car. An “almost” original and in perfect shape model A that was abundantly produced can be purchased for $20,000.00. A collector as an investor would have to know the potential market and have a belief that the future market will bring a return on an investment. Many collectors also tend to have a direction or like for certain vehicles that reflects their expertise.

Condition categories

To collectors and investors, a vehicle’s condition rating is important, and there are two systems, the category and the points system. The category system has six categories used to rate the condition of a vehicle. The points system assigns points from 40 to 100 that corresponds with the category system and below 40 there are three for other conditions. Both systems are listed together for ease of comparison:

  • Category I, Perfect; 90 to 100 points. A vehicle is considered as good or better than the day produced.
  • Category II, Excellent; 80 to 89 points. A vehicle in excellent original or superior restored, near-flawless condition.
  • Category III, Fine; 70 to 79 points. A vehicle with an older restoration or an original car with minimal wear. These are considered “show quality”.
  • Category IV, Very good; 60 to 69 points. A vehicle that is in complete original condition, or possibly an older restoration, that is usually a well-cared-for daily driver.
  • Category V, Good; 50 to 59 points. A vehicle that shows wear, needs attention or work, and needs only minor restoration, with no major flaws. Points from 40 to 59 fall into this category.
  • Category VI, Driver; 40 to 49 points.

Other categories

  • Restorable; 30 to 39 points . This vehicle would be in need of restoration of the motor, body, interior and/or chassis. A car in this class should be more or less complete, needing some parts but requiring a tremendous amount of work to get to show quality.
  • PARTIAL; 20 to 29 points. This vehicle would require extensive restoration with a significant amount of parts and labor—a very time-consuming and costly prospect.
  • PARTS CAR; 10 to 19 points. This would generally be an inoperative vehicle in poor condition, kept as a source or ‘donor’ of spare parts. With the exception of very rare vehicles, complete restoration of this category is usually not feasible.*Resource copyright information:

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What is the definition of a Classic Car?

Classic Car Club of America

The Classic Car Club of America defines a CCCA Classic as follows:

A CCCA Classic is a “fine” or “distinctive” automobile, either American or foreign built, produced between 1925 and 1948. Other factors, including engine displacement, custom coachwork and luxury accessories, such as power brakes, power clutch, and “one-shot” or automatic lubrication systems, help determine whether a car is considered a Classic.

This rather exclusive definition of a classic car is not universally followed, however, and this is acknowledged by the CCCA: while it still maintains the true definition of “classic car” is its, it generally uses terms such as CCCA Classic or the trademarked Full Classic to avoid confusion. For the CCCA full definition click here.

United States legal definition of a Classic Car

Legally, most states have time-based rules for the definition of “classic” for purposes such as antique vehicle registration; for example, Most states define it as “A motor vehicle, but not a reproduction thereof, manufactured at least 20 years prior to the current year which has been maintained in or restored to a condition which is substantially in conformity with manufacturer specifications and appearance.”

Despite this, at many American classic car shows, automobiles typically range from the thirties to sixties. Examples of cars at such shows include the Chevrolet Bel-Air, Ford T-Bucket, Dodge Charger, Chevrolet Deuce Coupe, and 1949 Ford. Meanwhile, the Concours D’Elegance car shows feature prestigious automobiles such as the Cadillac V16 or pre-1940 Rolls-Royce models. “Classic” cars at these shows seldom go beyond 1972. Any cars from 1973 onward are defined as “modern customs”, “exotics”, or “collectibles”.

Americans are divided on the exact era in which a “classic car” can be identified. Many Americans divide automobiles by separate eras: horseless carriages (19th century experimental automobiles such as the Daimler Motor Carriage), antique cars (brass era cars such as the Ford Model T), and classic cars (typically 1930s cars such as the Cord 812 through the end of the muscle car period in the 1970s – a majority use the 1972 model year as the cutoff). The late seventies are disputed as being “classics”, as the oil crisis of 1973 brought several now-infamous cars such as the Ford Pinto and AMC Gremlin. The 1980s are often viewed as the early modern period due to the rise of Japanese automakers such as Toyota and Nissan.

Antique Automobile Club of America

The Antique Automobile Club of America defines an antique car as 25 years or older. A Classic is defined as 20–49 years old.

United Kingdom

There is no fixed definition of a classic car. Two taxation issues do impact however, leading to some people using them as cutoff dates. All cars built before January 1, 1973, are exempted from paying the annual road tax vehicle excise duty. This is then entered on the license disc displayed on the windscreen as “historic vehicle” (if a car built before this date has been first registered in 1973 or later, then its build date would have to be verified by a recognised body such as British Motor Heritage Foundation to claim tax-free status). HM Revenue and Customs define a classic car for company taxation purposes as being over 15 years old and having a value in excess of £15,000. Additionally, popular acclaim through a large number of classic car magazines plays an important role in whether a car comes to be regarded as a classic. It is all subjective and a matter of opinion. The elimination of depreciation is a reason for buying a classic car; this is a major cost of owning a modern car. Picking ‘future classics’ that are current ‘bangers’ is a pastime of people into classic cars in the UK. Successfully picking and buying one can result in a profit for the buyer as well as providing transport. An immaculate well cared for prestige model with high running costs, that impacts its value, but is not yet old enough to be regarded as a classic, could be a good buy, for example.A change in the taxation class is due to take force in April 2014, by moving the cut-off date of the historic vehicle class from January 1973 to January 1974, thus including all cars registered and built in 1973 as historic.

Modern classics

These vehicles are generally older, ranging from 15 to 25 years, but are usually not accepted as classics according to the Antique Automobile Club of America. In the UK the Modern Classic definition is open to the discretion often by Insurance Brokers and Insurance Companies who regard a Modern Classic as a vehicle that is considered collectible regardless of age.[7] The usage of the vehicle limited to recreational purposes and/or restricted mileage, is also taken into account.

Classic car styling

There was a worldwide change in styling trends in the immediate years after the end of World War II. The 1946 Crosley and Kaiser-Frazer, for example, changed the traditional discrete replaceable-fender treatment. From this point on, automobiles of all kinds became envelope bodies in basic plan. The CCCA term, “Antique Car” has been confined to “the functionally traditional designs of the earlier period” (mostly pre-war). They tended to have removable fenders, trunk, headlights, and a usual vertical grill treatment. In a large vehicle, such as a Duesenberg, Pierce-Arrow, or in a smaller form, the MG TC, with traditional lines, might typify the CCCA term. Another vehicle might be a classic example of a later period but not a car from the “classic period of design”, in the opinion of the CCCA.

Safety

Car accident in 1930

Drivers of classic cars must be especially careful. Classic cars often lack what are now considered basic safety features, such as seat belts, crumple zones or rollover protection. On September 10, 2009, ABC News ‘Good Morning America’ and ‘World News’ showed a U.S. Insurance Institute of Highway Safety crash test of a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu in an offset head-on collision with a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air sedan. It dramatically demonstrated the effectiveness of modern car safety design, over 1950s X-frame design, particularly of rigid passenger safety cells and crumple zones. The 1959 Chevrolets used an X frame design which lacked structural rigidity; had the IIHS used a pre-1958 Chevrolet with a Unibody design, the results would have been much better. Vehicle handling characteristics (particularly steering and suspension) and brake performance are likely to be poorer than current standards, hence requiring greater road-awareness on the part of the driver. In certain areas of the United States, using a classic car as a daily vehicle is strongly discouraged and may even be considered illegal in some places.

Retro-styled (color-coded with chromed buckles) 2-point and 3-point seat (safety) belts are manufactured according to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS). However, most classic car bodies (manufactured before the late 1960s) did not include safety belts as standard equipment, and do not include readily available reinforced mounting points, on the vehicle body, therefore it can be problematic to install such equipment properly: specific studies and calculations should be performed before any attempts. Proper installation is critical, which means locating attachment points on the body/frame, assuring the strength by proper reinforcement, and following the seat belt installation instructions properly to reduce the risk of malfunction or failure.Some classic car owners are reluctant to retrofit seat belts for the loss of originality this modification implies. There have also been instances of cars losing points at shows for being retrofitted with seat belts.[13]

Fitting modern tires is also a suggestion to improve the handling. However, most modern tires may be much wider and have a lower profile than those used on classic cars when new, therefore they may interfere with suspension elements and the tire walls may become damaged. The suspension of a classic car may not be suitable for radial ply tyres, having been designed to only accommodate bias ply tires. Narrow classic car wheels may have been designed for narrow high profile tubed tires and not be suitable for modern tubeless radial tires. Another problem with modern tires on classic cars is that increased grip requires increased steering effort; many classic cars do not come with power steering. Many major tire companies have dedicated classic car tire marketing departments and will be able to give expert technical advice to address all these issues. It is important to know how radial tires will affect the performance of a car originally fitted with bias-ply tires, and the considerations needed to compensate for the differences.

Upgrading braking using either bespoke parts, parts produced by the vehicle’s manufacturer, from later versions of the same model or later models that may be compatible with minor modification, is an effective method of improving safety. Popular examples include drum brake to disc brake conversions, or adding a vacuum servo to cars with front disc brakes that did not originally have one.

Despite these concerns, classic cars are involved in significantly fewer accidents.

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Ford Model A

Ford Model A AutomobileThe original Ford Model A is the first car produced by Ford Motor Company, beginning production in 1903. Ernst Pfennig, a Chicago dentist, became the first owner of a Model A on July 23, 1903.  1,750 cars were made from 1903 through 1904. The Model A was replaced by the Ford Model C during 1904 with some sales overlap.

The car came as a two-seater runabout or four-seater tonneau model with an option to add a top. The horizontal-mounted flat-2, situated amidships of the car, produced 8 hp (6 kW). A planetary transmission was fitted with two forward speeds and reverse, a Ford signature later seen on the Ford Model T. The car weighed 1,240 lb (562 kg) and could reach a top speed of 28 mph (45 km/h). It had a 72 inch (1.8 m) wheelbase and sold for a base price of US$750. Options included a rear tonneau with two seats and a rear door for $100, a rubber roof for $30 or a leather roof for $50. Band brakes were used on the rear wheels. However, it was $150 more than its most direct competitor, the Oldsmobile Curved Dash, and so did not sell as well.

The company had spent almost its entire $28,000 initial investment funds with only $223.65 left in its bank account when the first Model A was sold. The success of this car model generated a profit for the Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford’s first successful business.

Although Ford advertised the Model A as the “most reliable machine in the world”, it suffered from many problems common to vehicles of the era, including overheating and slipping transmission bands. The Model A was sold only in red by the factory, though some were later repainted in other colors.

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Economic Impact of Historical Cars

Copyright:  Historic Vehicle Association.
Resource:  https://www.historicvehicle.org/Resources/Resources/Economic-Impact-Survey

“Historic vehicles and those who appreciate them are vital to the economic and cultural life of the United States and Canada.

That is the key finding of this landmark study commissioned by the Historic Vehicle Association, the first of its kind to produce comprehensive baseline data about the historic vehicle community.

Surveys of more than 13 thousand individual enthusiasts and business owners reveal that this community is characterized by high levels of economic activity, charitable giving, cultural preservation, and political involvement. These impacts can be felt at the national level as well as within countless individual communities.

Of the estimated 2.75 million historic vehicle owners in the United States and Canada, 95 percent are male. Beyond this, however, historic vehicle enthusiasts are mainstream citizens of Canada and the U.S. There is considerable socioeconomic diversity among enthusiasts, and the typical enthusiast is of moderate income and education.

Given the moderate incomes of many historic vehicle owners, both the value of the vehicles that they own and the amount that they spend annually are dramatic. Historic vehicle owners own an average of 2.0 vehicles worth close to $25,000 each for a total value of nearly $50,000. This is quite large considering median annual income of between $75,000 and $99,999 per year. Historic vehicle owners are committed.

The annual mean spending of historic vehicle owners is more than $12,500. Applying this figure to the 2.75 million historic vehicle owners in Canada and the United States reveals total spending of nearly $35 billion in 2009. In one sector in particular – Automotive Repair and Maintenance – we estimate that the historic vehicle community represents approximately 7 percent of total spending. This is far out of proportion to the estimated 2.4 percent of the total U.S. and Canadian vehicle fleet that historic vehicles comprise.

In addition to spending by individuals, businesses serving the historic vehicle community contribute substantial economic activity as well as jobs across a number of business sectors. Initial data gathered in this study show small and stable businesses with unique technical knowledge about historic vehicles. Additional data will be forthcoming that details the extensive impact of this portion of the community.

Historic vehicle owners and enthusiasts are traditionalists. They are characterized by a high degree of personal commitment as well as understanding of the historic significance of these vehicles. For example, they are more likely than the Canadian or U.S. norm to be married. The average enthusiast is likely to have been involved in this movement for 10 years or more. Many owners cite the historic and cultural value of historic vehicles as being very important to the decision to first own them, though “personal interest and nostalgia” is the most common reason for becoming involved in ownership of historic vehicles.

Enthusiasts in the historic vehicle movement are active in this lifestyle. More than 80 percent indicated they attended one or more historic vehicle events in 2009. Enthusiasts spent an average of 18 hours per month in 2009 watching TV, reading books and magazines, and reading online content related to historic vehicles. The vast majority (92 percent) of historic vehicle owners do at least some hands-on work on their vehicles, everything from cleaning and polishing to completing full restorations. The average historic vehicle owner spends 11.1 hours per month on this kind of hands-on work.

Historic vehicle enthusiasts and the businesses that serve them made considerable donations of time and money in 2009. We make a conservative estimate of more than $59 million in donated time that enthusiasts donated to help with fundraisers, parades, museum displays, and civic, cultural, and educational events. In addition, nearly three-quarters (74 percent) of businesses serving this community made financial and in-kind donations of greater than $1,000 in 2009.

In contrast to the many positive contributions of historic vehicle enthusiasts on the economic and cultural life of the U.S. and Canada, the environmental and infrastructure impacts of historic vehicles are quite light. The average historic vehicle was driven just 484 miles in 2009. Combined, historic vehicles accounted for only 0.08 percent of total U.S. and Canadian vehicle traffic in 2009.

Historic vehicle enthusiasts are politically active and are concerned about legislation affecting the community. They vote at a high rate – 79 percent of enthusiasts report “always” voting in regional, state and national elections. Chief among their legislative concerns is legislation regulating emissions. More than half of enthusiasts believe existing or potential emissions legislation to be very or extremely harmful to their enjoyment of historic vehicles.

Ultimately, this study is just a beginning. Additional work is needed to understand and track the considerable positive effects this community has within Canada and the U.S. Even this preliminary data, however, indicates that the historic vehicle community plays an essential role in the economy, culture and political life of Canada and the United States.”

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Economic impact survey.  Historic Vehicle.org (2014).  Retrieved July 28, 2014 from https://www.historicvehicle.org/Resources/Resources/Economic-Impact-Survey

Historic Vehicle Association – “This Car Matters” – 1911 Franklin Model D Race Car

Please enjoy these videos in a series known as:  “This Car Matters” by the Historic Vehicle Association. These particular videos feature a 1911 Franklin Model D Race Car, that has been unrestored and left in it’s original condition.

Ted Davis tells the story of his unrestored 1911 Franklin Model D race car at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Here is a special treat with Jay Leno talking in depth with Ted Davis.  Learn more about this fantastic piece of racing car history.  The car was air cooled, and raced up to 85 miles per hour in the desert in 1911.

About the Historic Vehicle Association

With over 375,000 members, the Historic Vehicle Association
is indeed the world’s largest historic vehicle owners’ organization.

The mission of the Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) is to promote the cultural and historical significance of the automobile and protect the future of our automotive past.

hva logo

Over the last 125 years the adoption of the automobile has had a profound impact on the development of virtually every aspect of modern culture. The cars, motorcycles and trucks that remain chronicle our past and help us understand who we are, where we have been and where we may be headed. As a society, we have an obligation to preserve these historic vehicles and related artifacts as a lasting record of our progress. Through the collective efforts of enthusiasts, specialists and professionals, the HVA aims to help ensure that our automotive heritage is more broadly appreciated and carefully preserved for future generations.

With over 375,000 members, the HVA is the world’s largest historic vehicle owners’ organization. The HVA was founded in 2009 through the philanthropic support of Hagerty and became the designated North American representative of FIVA (Fédération International des Véhicules Anciens), the international federation of historic vehicle organizations.”

About FIVA

The Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens (FIVA) is the HVA’s international partner organization. FIVA is dedicated to promoting and guiding the interests of the historic vehicle movement throughout the world. Check out this video to find out more about the great work that FIVA is doing on behalf of the historic vehicle community. It represents people from 62 nations and 5 continents that are united in this effort of preserving vehicles.

 

Resource

About the HVA (2014).  Retrieved from https://www.historicvehicle.org/HVA/About-HVA.  Logo is property of the Historical Vehicle Association.

Classic, Historic, Antique Car – What’s the difference?

Definitions of antique cars, classic cars and historic cars and even “ancient” cars vary from state to state.  It can be quite confusing, and some just prefer to play it safe and call their pride and joy an “old collector car”.  Designations tend to differ depending on the individual, the state, or auto club or collector association.

For example,  the Classic Car Club of America states that a car must be between 30 and 49 years old to be a classic, while cars between 50 and 99 fall into a pre-antique class, and cars 100 years and older fall into the Antique Class.  Here is a list from the CCCA which lists what cars it deems to be classic.

The Antique Automobile Club of America defines an antique car as 25 years or older. A Classic is defined as 20–49 years old.  There you have it. Still confused?   Let us see what else we can find on this rather difficult subject of classifying cars.

 

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  • Antique car:
    An antique car is a classification that is often set by state law. States usually have a special type of license plate for these cars. For that reason they set rules stating what qualifies as “antique.” In most cases it is a car that’s over 45 years old. Generally the car should be maintained in a way that keeps it true to the original manufacturer specifications. (Wikipedia, 2014)

 

  • Historic car:
    Historical  cars are generally considered to be those which are at least 25 years old.

 

  • Classic car:
    This classification definitely overlaps with antique cars. The definition of classic car is actually quite similar to that of antique cars. A car must be at least 20 years old, but not more than 40 years old to be considered a classic car. It should again have been repaired and maintained in a way that keeps it true to its original design and specifications. In other words it should not be modified or altered. In addition, many add a stipulation that the vehicle should have been manufactured no earlier than 1925. For these reasons all classic cars are also antique cars, but not all antique cars are classic cars.

 

  • Vintage car:
    There is also overlap between vintage cars and antique cars. Some vintage cars quality as antique cars, but not all vintage cars are antique and vice versa. Different groups set different cut off points for what qualifies as a vintage car and what does not. Generally, cars that are considered Vintage were manufactured between the years of 1919 and 1930, but some end it at 1925. Unlike the other two classifications, having had modifications does not necessarily keep a car from being a vintage car.

 

  • Vintage plates:
    These are the actual plates issued to the vehicle owner, or other original plates (not reproductions) issued by the state for the year the vehicle was manufactured.


Other Cars Types Defined:

Hopefully the following can shed some light on what exactly each car classification is at least for the State of Florida.  Check your State’s Department of Motor Vehicles to be absolutely sure for your car’s designation.


Florida State Department of Motor Vehicles
(http://www.semasan.com/semaga/TagTitleToolbox_FL.pdf)

Custom vehicle: A motor vehicle that is 25 years old or older and of a model year after 1948 or was manufactured to resemble a vehicle that is 25 years old or older and of a model year after 1948 and has been altered from the manufacturer’s original design or has a body constructed from nonoriginal materials.

Street rod:  A motor vehicle that is of a model year of 1948 or older or was manufactured after 1948 to resemble a vehicle of a model year of 1948 or older; and has been altered from the manufacturer’s original design or has a body constructed from nonoriginal materials.

Rebuilt vehicle: A motor vehicle or mobile home built from salvage or junk, as defined in s. 319.30(1) Assembled from parts. A motor vehicle or mobile home assembled from parts or combined from parts of motor vehicles or mobile homes, new or used. “Assembled from parts” does not mean a motor vehicle defined as a “rebuilt vehicle”, which has been declared a total loss pursuant to s. 319.30.

Kit car:  A motor vehicle assembled with a kit supplied by a manufacturer to rebuild a wrecked or outdated motor vehicle with a new body kit.

Glider kit:  A vehicle assembled with a kit supplied by a manufacturer to rebuild a wrecked or outdated truck or truck tractor.

Replica: A complete new motor vehicle manufactured to look like an old vehicle.

Ancient motor vehicle. A motor vehicle for private use manufactured in 1945 or earlier, equipped with an engine manufactured in 1945 or earlier or manufactured to the specifications of the original engine. The registration numbers and special license plates assigned to such motor vehicles shall run in a separate numerical series, commencing with “Horseless Carriage No. 1,” and the plates shall be of a distinguishing color.

Antique motor vehicle: A motor vehicle for private use manufactured after 1945 and of the age of 30 years or more after the date of manufacture, equipped with an engine of the age of 30 years or more after the date of manufacture.

Collectible motor vehicle. A vehicle licensed under previous Florida law which has been issued a “Collectible” license plate prior to October 1, 1999, which shall maintain such plate unless the vehicle is transferred to a new owner. Motor vehicles licensed under this section which have been issued a “Collectible” license plate prior to October 1, 1999, may retain that license plate until the next regularly scheduled replacement.

Former military vehicle:  A vehicle, including a trailer, regardless of the vehicle’s size, weight, or year of manufacture, that was manufactured for use in any country’s military forces and is maintained to represent its military design and markings accurately.

 

 

1000 Collector and Muscle Cars Auction

News Release:

Harrisburg To Host Mecum, World’s Largest Collector Car Auction Company July 24-27 1,000 Collector and Muscle Cars Set to Cross the Block

WALWORTH, Wis. – July 18, 2014 – Mecum Auctions, the largest collector car auction company in the world, will conduct its first-ever auction in the Keystone State this July 24-27 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center with an estimated 1,000 cars expected to cross the auction block Thursday through Saturday and 200 motorcycles on Sunday.
The Mecum Harrisburg Auction is the ninth of 17 auctions on the 2014 calendar. Buyers, sellers and spectators are welcome to attend. Gates will open daily at 8 a.m., and the auction begins each day at 10 a.m. All consigned cars will be accessible for viewing by ticketed customers before they reach the auction block. General admission tickets are $20 per day for adults, and children 12 and younger receive complimentary admission. Bidder registration is $100.

“People have been asking for years when we would host an auction on the East Coast,” said Dana Mecum, founder and President of Mecum Auctions. “The Harrisburg-Hershey area is truly a mecca for many collector car enthusiasts. We look forward to becoming a staple in the impressive lineup of annual car events that already take place in the area and also to reach a great community of classic and collector car fans.”
Featured consignments include a selection of more than a dozen cars from the personal collection of legendary collector car auctioneer and Pennsylvania native J. Omar Landis, as well as a one-of-four 1970 Dodge Hemi Coronet R/T equipped with both the 426/425hp Hemi engine and New Process four-speed manual transmission. Other features that speak to the variety of the lineup include a 1916 Cadillac Town Car, a 1968 Chevrolet Camaro RS Z28 and a 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback.

The Mecum Harrisburg Auction will be broadcast live and same-day delay on NBC Sports Network. Broadcast times to be announced. Segments of the auction not broadcast on NBCSN are streamed live at Mecum.com.

“We see the Mecum Auction as the final crowned jewel, completing a royal list of annual events now hosted in our region for automobile enthusiasts,” said Mary Smith, President of the Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau. “Collectors and connoisseurs know and love the Hershey Harrisburg Region for such world-class car events as the AACA Eastern Regional Fall Meet, considered one of the largest antique automobile shows and flea markets in the U.S., and The Elegance at Hershey, a charity event at The Hotel Hershey featuring a Concours d’Elegance and vintage racing.”

A complete list and daily updates of consigned cars, including photos and descriptions of each vehicle, for the Mecum Harrisburg Auction and all other Mecum Auctions are available at Mecum.com. For more information on an upcoming auction, to consign a vehicle or to register as a bidder, visit www.mecum.com or call (262) 275-5050.

About Mecum Auctions
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Schedule:
Mecum Harrisburg Auction
Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center
2300 N. Cameron St.
Harrisburg, PA 17110

July 24-27, 2014
Admission: $20 per person per day; children 12 and younger receive complimentary admission
Preview: Gates open daily at 8 a.m.
Auction: Vehicles start at 10 a.m. daily with Road Art an hour prior
(All Times Eastern)

Mecum Auctions
Presentation Department

(262) 275-5050