What makes a ‘Classic?’
Car enthusiasts understand the importance of a good, hard working vehicle. When that vehicle stands the test of time and lasts throughout the decades, it has proven itself to be a classic and a part of history. Classic car collection is a hobby for the true car lover. It often requires a serious level of investment and commitment. Yet, it is a hobby that continues to grow in popularity. The value of some of these classic cars is absolutely outstanding. But that is not the sole reason that so many collect them. They are each works of art, beauty in its own special automotive form.
Any car that makes it to a decade in production has already beat the odds but it still has a long way to go before becoming a classic. Some of the most popular classic cars are significant of a certain era or a particular generation. From the very first cars ever made to the muscle cars of the 60s and 70s, the world of classic and antique cars is vast. There is an old car for virtually everyone. Enthusiasts love many of them and will often go out of their way to get their hands on that one sensational automobile. Car collectors are just as passionate as any other hobby enthusiast, perhaps even more so…
A general definition for a classic car is any that have been around for twenty-five years or more. Other factors can play a role in this, such as whether or not that vehicle was ever featured in a big movie or television show. One thing is certain about all car collectors. They most definitely know their stuff. These people are dedicated to filling their heads with all of the knowledge possible regarding these automobiles. They know what parts are needed and where they can and cannot be obtained. The fact that some of these much needed classic car parts are elusive and hard to find is taken as a challenge by collectors rather than a setback.
The restoration of one of these cars is a large part of collecting for many enthusiasts. Putting something old and worn back into new condition drives their passion. Many collectors choose to purchase their cars already restored but many feel that the restoration process is part of the joy of owning the car. Breathing new life into an old classic is not unlike an artist creating life on a canvas. The passion and drive behind each creation is the same.
A classic car that is in great condition and well maintained can be worth a lot of money. In many cases it can be worth more than a brand new car from the dealership. This may be one benefit that comes with collecting classic cars but it is not guaranteed and most collectors do not do it for the money alone. They have a genuine love and passion for each and every car they collect. No two are alike to a collector as each is a work of art on its own.