An Introduction to Classic Cars
Written By: Bonnie Gringer
Classic and Vintage car collecting is not for small hobby enthusiasts but is part of understanding American and world history and the revolution of the industrial era. Enthusiasts are not only interested in collecting cars but are passionate about classic and vintage cars and the stories of how they were developed with each unique models’ role in history. They like to collect, restore and even drive these antique pieces of engineering. This interest is both expensive and rare, making it equally unique.
A vintage car is defined as cars manufactured between 1919 and 1930. Though there are debates on the start and end dates of this era, the most prevalent period for vintage cars lies somewhere within the era of World War I of mostly sport and classy looks blended with ahead-of-time technology. With heavy engines, glaring bodies and rock solid strength, these cars are what makes a classic car.
Cars that are 20 to 45 years old fall under the category of classic cars. Classic cars manufactured in America are called American Classic cars. Different American clubs hold several meets from time to time to celebrate the rarity and class of old cars. There were three major vintage car manufacturers in America (in 1930): Ford, Hudson and Chevrolet.
Buying a classic or vintage car can be a very rewarding experience. A well maintained classic car can bring beauty and pride to owners, and wonder to classic car lovers. However, in order to maintain the integrity of the classic car, it needs to be maintained and restored to a level that as closely resembled the original as possible.
To help classic and vintage car owners, and those interested in cars, we have put together this handy guide covering a number of topics. We hope that it helps you understand and appreciate vintage and classic cars.
- What is a Classic Car?
- Automobile Design and History
- Classic Car Glossary
- Classic Car Price Guides
- Restoring a Classic Car
- Importance of Classic Cars
- Search for Classic Car Parts
- Classic Cars
- The Classic Car Gallery
- Classic Car Photos
- Gallery of Classic Cars
- New York Classic Car Museum
- Ohio Classic Car Museum
- Classic and Exotic Cars
- Car Restoration Links
- Virginia Classic Thunderbird Club Links
- 1st Place to Look: Classic Cars
- Restoration 101
- Restoration of a 1967 Volkswagen Beetle (pdf)
- Classic Car Club of America
- Classic Car Upholstery Interior Kits (pdf)
- 32 Best Cars to Restore
- Restoring our 1931 Pierce-Arrow Phaeton
- Restoration of Interior Woodwork
- How Restoring Cars Works
- Maintenance vs. Restoration
- Classic Car Restoration Data
- Antique Automobile Club of America
- How to Store Your Classic
- Best Classic Cars to Restore
- How to Weld Sheet Metal
- Quarter Panel Restoration
- Stripping Paint
- Restoring Classic Car Paint
- Painting a Classic Car
- List of Approved Classic Cars