Antique Cars

Corey Davis

Antique Cars

Introduction

If you are the owner of an older vehicle or have a friend who likes to show off their Hotrod, you may have heard terms thrown around such as Vintage, classic, or antique. And you are probably wondering, ‘What’s the difference?”. In the world of automotives these terms are typically interchangeable to a casual person, but they are very different distinctions.

Some insurance companies may even base your coverage on these distinctions. The attributes in consideration are age and make & model.

What antique cars are trendy in 2022? We compiled a list of 5 popular antique cars that we found captivating. Continue reading to see which vehicles made our list.

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Vintage vs Classic vs Antique

According to American Collector Insurance, one of the highly regarded Classic car insurers, the three classifications are defined by the following:

Vintage Cars: Manufactured between 1919 and 1930. Cars restored to their original manufacturer specification constitute as vintage.

Antique Cars: Manufactured over 45 years ago. Originals and restored cars that conform to the original manufacturer specifications classify as Antique.

Classic Cars: Manufactured over 20 years ago.

If your vehicle meets these qualifications, you can apply for a Historical Status with your local government. The official qualifications vary state by state. In general, a vehicle needs to be above a certain age and cannot be driven for general transportation, only for maintenance and automotive shows or events of that nature. If granted, you’ll be provided a special license plate decorated with a Historical Status decal indicating the vehicles registration.

Having your car registered with the state as a historical vehicle can appreciate the value as it legitimizes the distinction. There are also financial benefits to the historical registration such as reduced insurance costs and a one-time registration for life of the vehicle.

If you have a historical vehicle and are interested getting it registered, check online for your state’s registration qualifications.

An example of a Historical License Plate

Illinois Historical license plate vs Standard license plate

Popular Antique Cars

We compiled 5 of the most iconic antique cars that are still impressive amongst classic car fanatics in present day. Some rare, some ubiquitous, all stunning feats of design and engineering during their hay day. Take trip down memory lane. One may even pique your interest as a collector. Enjoy!

1964 Chevrolet Impala

The ’64 Chevy Impala personifies a lowriding cultural trend for automotives that was established during its time when speed was not everyone’s mind and riding low was symbolic of cool. Serving on the high-end of Chevy’s lineup It came with an angular and squared-off design with creased bodysides, tapered trim strip, extended fender tops, and outward-pointed tail fins. At the front, it had dual headlamps, while at the back there were 3 "teardrop" style taillights on each side.

The particularly roomy trunk space accommodated for customizations like hydraulic systems and sound systems which became widely popular during the 80s and 90s.

As for the interior, the materials used were the best Chevrolet had to offer, fitting for their 2nd most expensive vehicle at the time. Initially designed as a family car, and built on a new X-frame that made longer and wider, the Impala was top of the line in comfort.

1938 Volkswagen Beetle

Designed by a Hungarian student, Bel Barenyi, in 1925, The VW Beetle exploded in popularity during a time where most competitors manufactured cars that were heavy and difficult to drive, the Beetle was lightweight.

Scoring its nickname “Beetle” from the New York Times, this vehicle has earned many nicknames relating to bugs worldwide. the Beetle is the longest-running and most-manufactured car of a single platform ever made. It sparked an early trend of rear-engine cars.

The Beetle was part of a German manufacturing venture Led by Adolf Hitler. His vision for the Beetle was ambitious. Made with the intention of complementing Germany’s new system of autobahns as well as rivaling Henry Ford’s model T which was the marque vehicle at the time.

The end of World War II and the fall of Nazi Germany left VW in a cloud of uncertainty and the Beetle, which was deemed the “People’s Car”, was stigmatized for being Hitler’s car. However, when the Beetle came to the U.S in 1949, it became widely successful, dominating the market for compact cars.

1965 Ford Mustang

The release of the Ford Mustang marked the end of an era of cars with long hoods, broad cabins, and elongated rears. Ford introduced the compact, stylish body design that featured a long hood but with a short rear with sport sporty performance.

The launch of the Ford Mustang ignited the pony car genre in automotives. Pony cars are designated as an American car classification for affordable, compact, highly styled coupés or convertibles with a "sporty" or performance-oriented image. Common characteristics include rear-wheel drive, a long hood, a short decklid, a wide range of options to individualize each car and use of mass-produced parts shared with other models

Upon release, Ford offered customers a plethora colors and optional equipment: paint stripes on the rocker panels, push-button AM radio, day-night mirror, two-speed wipers, remote-control sideview mirror, padded sun visors, wire wheels, white or red line tires, and even a vinyl roof. Other options are notable for their value and curb appeal: rally pack gauges with integrated clock and tachometer, an elegant full-length console, power steering, power brakes, and (of course) factory air conditioning mounted below the dashboard.

To further highlight its popularity among American consumers, the Ford Mustang was used as a pace car in the 1964 Indy 500.



1962 Oldsmobile Starfire Convertible

The 1962 Oldsmobile Starfire came in two models: Hardtop and Convertible. Its luxurious interiors & stylish design with unique trim made it one of GM’s bestselling models and is still held in high regards amongst classic car enthusiasts.

In an era when options galore were available, the Starfire came standard with almost everything a buyer could want in 1962. From the leather buckets to the reassuring response of a 345hp V-8 with a four-speed Hydra-Matic and standard center console, these cars were built to drive. Other standard equipment included: tachometer, power steering, power brakes, dual exhaust with special fiberglass packed mufflers, color-matched luggage compartment. For convertible buyers, other standard equipment included power seat, power windows and white walls.

Along with the exterior restyling, the 1962 Oldsmobile Starfire's exclusive V-8 turned out an additional 15 HP -- 345 from the same 394 cubic in. as the previous year. For 1962 it featured a new combustion chamber shape and a slightly higher 10.5:1 compression ratio.

1969 Dodge Charger

A legendary American Muscle car, the ’69 Dodge Charger has been featured Hollywood films like Fast and Furious, and Dukes of Hazzard. Designed by Richard Sias to be the 2nd generation of Chargers, the new design won over the automotive press and the buying public and helped move more than 96,000 1968 Chargers. The simplistic body is regarded as the Coke Bottle design for Its curvy flair towards the rear resembles a classic coke bottle laid on its side.


Dodge engineers created a 1969 Charger for NASCAR. The Charger Daytona was built with an 18-inch nose cone (providing 1,200 lbs. of downforce) and a 23-inch-tall rear wing (add 600 lbs. of downforce). The Charger Daytona was capable of speeds more than 200 mph. To enter the groundbreaking car in NASCAR, Dodge needed to also sell them to the public as well. Dodge built 503 Charger Daytona’s to sell in the U.S., and 40 to sell in Canada. Daytona's command quarter-million-dollar price tags and are considered investments as they are only going to go up in value given their rarity and historical value.


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