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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.

 

 

Dream Cars Exhibition – Atlanta Georgia

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Dream Cars – Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas

High Museum of Art – Atlanta, Georgia

Exhibition:  May 21 – September 07, 2014

Dream Cars

Through September 7, 2014
The exhibition will display conceptual drawings and scale models in addition to the concept cars, demonstrating how their experimental designs advanced ideas of progress and changed the automobile from an object of function to a symbol of future possibilities.

 For more information about this unique automobile exhibit:  Please visit the High Museum of Art’s Website at:  www.high.org

 

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“The automobile has evolved from curiosity to daily necessity. Its form has advanced from the horseless carriages of the early twentieth century to the sleek, highly functional objects we know today. The experimental, concept, or “dream car,” as it became known in the early 1950s, has long been a dynamic tool allowing designers to showcase and demonstrate forward-thinking automotive design ideas. Concept cars were not objects the public typically could purchase, but rather the testing ground for innovations that might find expression in automobiles produced decades later. This exhibition explores the innovative designs that sparked ideas of future possibility and progress. It examines the dream car through five themes: individual makers, the impact of styling, visionary designers, the design process, and the influence of automobile fairs.

Chosen from hundreds of concept cars produced between 1932 and the present day, the visions for these automobiles are exciting to behold. Like most concept cars, those on display were never intended for production. Imagine an egg-shaped electric car, an exterior surface made of flexible fabric, or a jet fighter rolling down the highway – all of these were among the ideas dreamed up by designers and are featured in these galleries. The “dream” represented by these cars was that of future possibilities and pushing the limits of imagination and design.

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Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas

by Sarah Schleuning and Ken Gross

A sensuously designed showcase of covetable concept or limited-edition cars by the best American and European manufacturers. Dream Cars presents some of the world’s most breathtaking concept cars built between 1934 and 2001, a series of visionary designs that influenced the automotive industry and challenged notions of what is possible both aesthetically and technologically. Stunning, all-new photography of design pioneers such as the 1935 Bugatti Type 57S Compétition Coupé Aerolithe, the 1951 General Motors Le Sabre XP-8, and the 1956 Buick Centurion XP-301. 7 accompany lush images of dream sports cars, including the 1970 Ferrari (Pininfarina) 512 S Modulo and the 1955 Ghia Streamline X “Gilda.” Meticulously restored and brought to life by all-new photography, these images trace a lineage of innovation in automobile design.

Comprehensive descriptions by celebrated automotive writer Ken Gross as well as drawings and scale models further illustrate the imaginative force of individual designers and famed manufacturers. Surprising insights into familiar models such as the minivan, based on the streamlined silhouette of the Stout Scarab concept car developed in 1936, are juxtaposed with startling new technologies such as the 2001 BMW GINA Light Visionary Model’s ingenious use of fabric as a retractable skin. An extended essay by Sarah Schleuning explores the effects of aerodynamics and aeronautics on car design and considers how groundbreaking eventssuch as General Motors’ Motoramafueled the creativity of automobile styles.

Sarah Schleuning is the curator of decorative arts and design at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta. Ken Gross, consulting curator, is an award-winning author of six books and a contributor to many major automotive publications.

Organization & Support
Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas is organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.

The exhibition is supported by presenting sponsor Porsche Cars North America, Inc. We gratefully acknowledge AutoTrader, AutoTrader Classics, Manheim, WSB-TV, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and WSB News Talk Radio for their generous support. Special thanks to contributing sponsors Delta Air Lines, AT&T, and NAPA. Additional support is provided by The Coca-Cola Company, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Dorothy Smith Hopkins Exhibition Endowment Fund, the Fay and Barrett Howell Exhibition Endowment Fund, and Tommy and Beth Holder. In-kind support provided by UPS.

 


Resource:
High Museum of Art – Atlanta Georgia Exhibitions (2014)  Retrieved July 23, 2014 from https://www.high.org/Art/Current-Exhibitions.aspx

 

Antique Auto Club of America – Car Show Schedule

Upcoming Car Shows for AACA – Antique Auto Club of America


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AACA Calendar 

July 2014

27 – Wheaton, IL – AACA Illionis Region’s 66th Annual Vintage Car Show – Cantigny Park.  Contact:  Joe Dolezal, show registrar:  jldolezal@sbcglobal.net This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; 630-986-1526, Bob Markert, show chairman; rjmarkert@aol.com This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; 630-852-9893  local.aaca.org/illinois

31-Aug. 2 – AACA Central Fall Meet • Olympia Resort, Wisconsin. • hosted by Wisconsin Region

4-5 – Fletcher, NC – 47th Annual Mountaineer Antique Car Show & Collector Car Auction – WNC Ag Center, 1301 Fanning Bridge Rd (across from Asheville airport).  More info:  www.mountaineerantiqueautoclub.com; maacwebmaster@yahoo.com This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

6 – McAdoo, PA – Anthorcite Region AACA 29th Annual Car Show – Tri-County Little League Baseball Field (Exit 138 off I-81).  Contact:  Dave Bielen, 9 SOuth St., Tamaque, PA 18252; Joe Forish:  570-929-2017

13 – Arkporty, NY – Chemung Valley Region’s 58th Anniversary Car Show/Summerfest – Jim Claire 607-324-4348; Randy Guild 607-295-7327

20 – Abington Twp., PA – 43rd Scranton Region AACA Collector Car Show – MetLife/Abington Executive Park, Abington Twp. – contact:  Michael Passero II, Presidetn 570-347-8567;  mikejpassero@gmail.com This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

August 2014

3 –  W. Friendship, MD – Chesapeake AACA’s Anuual Antique Car & Truck Show – show held on Sunday of the opening weekend of the Howard County Maryland Fair.  Location:  Howard County Fairgrounds, 2210 Fairgrounds Road, W. Friendship, MD  21794 Near routes I-70 and MD-32. Contact:  Gary at 410-239-2412; information:  www.chesapeakeaaca.org

3 – Rochester, NY – 54th Annual Antique/Classic, Street Rod & Truck Show – Roberts Wesleyan College – North Chili Campus, 2301 Westside Dr. Rochester, NY  14624 – Rain or shine – 9am-3pm – visit www.gvacs.com for more info.  contact:  Don Dear – 585-872-4141; Marlene Kier – 585-872-3244 – mandjkier@yahoo.com This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

9 – Downtown Auburn, NY – Fingerlakes Region AACA history on Wheels Car show – car show, car corral, flea market, activities. Contact:  Jim Vitale:  lincolnnj@roadrunner.com This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; 315-253-4357

9 – Titusville, PA – 49th Annual Antique & Classic Car Show – PA Oil City Region.  Contact:  Bill Gratkowski – 814-827-1782; billgrains@verizon.net This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

14-16 – AACA Central Tour • Texas Panhandle. • hosted by Amarillo Region Brochure & Applicaton

23 – Bristol, PA – Lower Buck’s Region 32nd Annual Car Show – Bristol Township Building on Bath Road – contact: Cheryl – 215-375-2650; falajock2@verizon.net This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , www.buckscarclubaaca.com

September 2014

8-12 – AACA Sentimental Tour (1928-1958) • Maine, New Hampshire, Mass. • hosted by Granite Region

18-20 – AACA Western Fall Meet • Big Sky, Montana

20 – Manassas, VA – 39th Edgar Memorial Car Meet, hosted by Bull Run Region AACA – car show and flea market, eleven antique car trohy classes plus other awards.  Contact:  Bill Sessler, 703-268-2367;  http://www.bullrunaaca.org/downloads/Rohr%20flyer%20website.pdf

21-26 – AAA Revival Glidden Tour (Pre-1943 vehicles) • Defiance, Ohio • hosted by VMCCA
October 2014

5 – Lawrence, KS – AACA Lawrence Region’s Antiqu Car SHow – Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds.  For more information:  785-843-AACA, 785-842-1664; lawrenceaaca@aol.com This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

8-11 – AACA Eastern Fall Meet • Hershey, Pennsylvania • hosted by Hershey Region

12-13 – Hershey, PA – Hershey Hangover III hosted by the AACA Snapper’s Brass & Gas Touring Region and HCCA Susguehanna Valley Region – 2 day PA Dutch Country Tour  More Information

11 – North Myrtle Beach, SC – AACA Chicora Region Antique Auto Club Cruise to the Coast Antique & Classic Car/Truck Show – contact:  Dan Cicoria – 843-390-1491; dmcrlc40@aol.com This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (please ensure all emails contain subject – “Cruise to the Coast Car Show”)

19 – Adrian, MI  AACA Irish HIlls 50th Annual Swap & Sell Meet. Lenawee County Fair & Events Grounds, 602 N. Dean St, Adrian, MI 49221.  Contact:  Beth McGowen 419-822-9625 (evengings); bethmcg@peoplepc.com

20-24 – AACA Founders Tour (post 1931 vehicles) • New Jersey • hosted by Buzzard’s Breath Region

February 2015

12-14 – AACA Annual Meeting • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

March 2015

6-8 – AACA Winter Meet • San Juan, Puerto Rico • hosted by Puerto Rico Region

18-21 – AACA Western Spring Meet and Grand National • Tucson, Arizona • hosted by Tucson Region

April 2015

9-12 – AACA Southeastern Spring Meet • Charlotte, NC • hosted by Hornets Nest Region

May 2015

4-6 – AACA Southeastern Divisional Tour • Knoxville, Tennessee • hosted by East Tennessee Region

7 -9 – AACA Centrl Spring Meet • Auburn, Indiana

14 -16 – AACA Eastern Spring Meet • Virginia Beach, Virginia • hosted by Tidewater Region

June 2015

4-6 – AACA Central Spring Meet • Independence, Missouri • hosted by Kansas City Region

July 2015

16-18 – AACA Southeastern Fall Meet • Louisville, Kentucky • hosted by Kyana Region

27-31 – AACA Vintage Tour • Lancaster, PA • hosted by Buzzards Breath Touring Region

August 2015

25-27 – AACA Western Divisional Tour • Northern California • hosted by Redwood Empire Region

Aug 30 – Sept 4 – AAA Glidden Tour • Chickasha, Oklahoma • hosted by Okie Region

September 2015

Aug 30 – Sept 4 – AAA Glidden Tour • Chickasha, Oklahoma • hosted by Okie Region

14-18 – AACA Founders Tour (Post 1931 vehicles) • Northeast Ohio • hosted by Canton & Meander Chapters of the Ohio Region

October 2015

7-10 – AACA Eastern Fall Meet • Hershey, Pennsylvania • hosted by Hershey Region

November 2015

5-7 – AACA Central Fall Meet • Houma, Louisiana • hosted by Lagniappe Chapter of Louisiana Region

February 2016

11-13 – AACA Annual Meeting • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Resource:  AACA – Antique Auto Club of America. Retrieved July 23, 2014 from http://www.aaca.org/Meets/aaca_calendar.html