What exactly is a ‘classic’ car?
It’s not clear what someone’s talking about when they say ‘classic cars’. Everyone has their own definition, their own set of criteria, their own ideas about what makes a car ‘classic’. Some people have a very fluid rationale, using the word ‘classic’ to refer to a wider range of interesting cars that aren’t being built anymore. Others are more comfortable with a specific meaning of the word, like the reader who wrote in yesterday saying that to qualify as classic the car must be “a post-WWII, pre-1980 model of technical or nostalgic merit”.
Neither approach is wrong. But how old or new can a classic car be? Who decides whether a car is noteworthy, or when it approaches ‘a certain age’? Do we leave this down to consensus? I’ve briefly explored some of the options.
How old is a ‘classic’ car?
Again, it depends who you ask. ‘Classic’ is a specific taxation class in several US states, while North…