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When does a car become a classic?
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Thin White Duke

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406 posts

56 months

Sunday 1st July 2012
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I suppose there is no proper answer for this question, more a matter of personal taste.

How old does or should a car be before it becomes a classic? Do you go with the zero VED of pre 1973 cars, or with the
no MOT pre 1960 cars? Perhaps you think it's when a car is eligible for classic insurance ranging from 10 - 15 years old.

Looking for instance at an early 90's Bentley Turbo R, I'd say they are a future classic, rather than say a T Series from the 70's which to me says classic.

There may be those who believe only vintage cars are true classic.

What do you believe?

davepoth

24,582 posts

95 months

Sunday 1st July 2012
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More or less around the time that people consider buying them as something other than a daily driver. With a Turbo R, that was the day it left the factory. With something like a non cossie or XR Ford Sierra, it's only just turning the corner now.

Viperz888

505 posts

54 months

Sunday 1st July 2012
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When they start appreciating in value.

DonkeyApple

19,459 posts

65 months

Sunday 1st July 2012
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Viperz888 said:
When they start appreciating in value.
I would hazard that is the most relevant definition.

Thin White Duke

Original Poster:

406 posts

56 months

Sunday 1st July 2012
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Viperz888 said:
When they start appreciating in value.
Good call, hadn't thought of that one.

LiamB

6,861 posts

39 months

Sunday 1st July 2012
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Viperz888 said:
When they start appreciating in value.
What about the original mini? They seem to depreciate quite a lot.


(Although they do seem to be going up again..)

Audi 525i

1,250 posts

48 months

Sunday 1st July 2012
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When they appear in the Classic Cars section of eBay.


Maybe.

Jw Vw

4,307 posts

59 months

Sunday 1st July 2012
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davepoth said:
More or less around the time that people consider buying them as something other than a daily driver. With a Turbo R, that was the day it left the factory. With something like a non cossie or XR Ford Sierra, it's only just turning the corner now.
This.

Jordan Rich

80 posts

38 months

Sunday 1st July 2012
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Audi 525i said:
When they appear in the Classic Cars section of eBay.


Maybe.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2005-MINI-MINI-COOPER-RED-62000-miles-/290732330160?pt=Automobiles_UK&hash=item43b0ff4cb0#ht_500wt_1416
'05 mini - in the "classic cars" section...

TallbutBuxomly

12,254 posts

112 months

Sunday 1st July 2012
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It seems quite variable. I was looking at a 156 gta sportswagon 2 yrs ago and spoke to a few classic car insurance companies and most were willing to put it into classic insurance due to it's rarity and for very good prices too.

bamberwell

1,245 posts

58 months

Sunday 1st July 2012
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when does a car become a classic? usually a couple of years after i've sold it! frown

Engineer1

10,479 posts

105 months

Sunday 1st July 2012
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DonkeyApple said:
Viperz888 said:
When they start appreciating in value.
I would hazard that is the most relevant definition.
I'd say it's earlier than that, it's when people start spending more than the car's current value on work on it.

Riley Blue

7,883 posts

122 months

Sunday 1st July 2012
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Engineer1 said:
I'd say it's earlier than that, it's when people start spending more than the car's current value on work on it.
That's the best definition yet.

DonkeyApple

19,459 posts

65 months

Sunday 1st July 2012
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Engineer1 said:
I'd say it's earlier than that, it's when people start spending more than the car's current value on work on it.
There would need to be a caveat or all BL cars were instant classics. biggrin

Charlie Michael

2,548 posts

80 months

Sunday 1st July 2012
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When you only see them on sunny weekends.


Welshbeef

21,389 posts

94 months

Sunday 1st July 2012
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Not always about increasing in value

Randy Winkman

3,329 posts

85 months

Sunday 1st July 2012
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LiamB said:
Viperz888 said:
When they start appreciating in value.
What about the original mini? They seem to depreciate quite a lot.


(Although they do seem to be going up again..)
Exactly - perhaps that means they are now "classics"?

pwrc

2,300 posts

48 months

Sunday 1st July 2012
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Engineer1 said:
I'd say it's earlier than that, it's when people start spending more than the car's current value on work on it.
a good point, until you consider BL snotters as mentioned, or '80s fords which nobody seems to like. hell, people pump money into late '90s corsas, does that make them classic? no no noooooooo

Zad

10,208 posts

132 months

Sunday 1st July 2012
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Whenever someone thinks of it as a classic and appreciates something for what it is, then it is a classic. The recent Focus RSs are arguably classics already. Given the speed they sold out, they were probably classics before they had been delivered. Yes, this means that pretty every car ever is a "classic" as the term is vague at best.



huwp

673 posts

71 months

Sunday 1st July 2012
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I always thought that "Classic" was 25 years and "Vintage" 75 years. Plus then whatever else makes a car worthy.