What Makes a Classic Car?

1958 Buick 60

Older cars have so many different distinctions: antique, vintage, or just merely old? A select few older models become known as classic cars, but what makes a car a classic? It’s actually more technical and less up for interpretation than you might have thought, since the classification matters to insurance companies.

Typically, a classic car must be older than 20 years. But that doesn’t mean your beat-up 1988 Honda Civic is a classic car. According to Sun Auto Service, the car must also be in good condition and true to its original design. Good condition means the car drives well, hasn’t started to rust, and has an impeccable interior, and true to its original design means modifications have not altered the car from what it looked like originally.

So what makes your classic car valuable? Its condition is the biggest determinant—the better the condition, the more valuable. If the car is rare, it is more likely to be considered a valuable classic car, and if it is popular, it will also be worth more; it’s all a matter of supply and demand.

If you love your classic car, consider entering it in your very first car show. Here’s how. We’re here at Chip Wynn Motors if you’re ready to start your collection.

 

Tips for Entering Your First Car Show

Car Show

If you are a true car aficionado, you have probably been to a car show or two. You may have even dreamed of participating in one. Not sure how to get started? Here are some tips for entering your first car show:

  • Find the right car: If you don’t already own a vehicle that you want to show at a car show, find one that you are passionate about. Classic cars are the most common cars on display at car shows, but you can find shows catering to almost every vehicle. You can start by browsing our inventory here at Chip Wynn Motors or looking on Auto Trader’s Classics site.
  • Start small: Look for local cruise-ins that take place in parking lots or large parks. They are often advertised on community events calendars online. These events are typically welcoming of newcomers and should be easy to enter.
  • Ask around: At the local cruise-ins, make connections with people whose vehicle interests align with your own. They might be able to help you find more specific car shows targeted for your specific vehicles or tastes.
  • Come ready to entertain: Be knowledgeable about your car and the work you’ve done to it, as people will ask. You can also entice people to come look at your car by offering snacks or doing something unique to your section of the cruise-in.

If you need some help with your classic car, or you want to start collecting, feel free to contact us at Chip Wynn Motors.