Classic cars have become a favorite among auto enthusiasts because of their high prices and finite availability. Many classic cars are upgraded and fitted with unique features such as custom interiors, high powered engines, and automatic lubrication systems.
Though the exact definition of “classic car” differs by state, the Car Club of America classifies this type of vehicle as a “fine” or “distinctive” automobile assembled between 1915 and 1948.
California describes a “classic car” as a vehicle that is at least 25 years old. This distinction is made due to the fact that cars built before 1975 are excused from the California Smog Certification Program.
Listed below are a few different classic car types and how they are defined by the state of California:
- Antiques - Any vehicle 25 years or older
- Classics - Cars between 20 - 24 years ol.
- Collectibles- Models between 15 -19 years old
- Exotic Cars - Cars that are under 15 years old, but predicted to increase in value
- Street Rods - Vehicles made before 1949; most have been mechanically updated.
- Kit Car / Customs - Cars made by professional specialists or unique dealers