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What is a Classic Car?

What Is a CCCA Classic Car?

One of the most common questions asked is: "What exactly is a Classic Car?"

The Club defines CCCA Classics or Full Classic™ Cars as "...fine or unusual motor cars which were built between and including the years 1915 to 1948. All of these are very special cars that are distinguished by their respective fine design, high engineering standards and superior workmanship." They were usually quite expensive when new with relatively low production figures. You won't find your Mom's '72 Plymouth Duster or your Grandfather's Model A Ford in the ranks of CCCA. We applaud other clubs who do recognize these cars and recognize that owning one can be a lot of fun, but they are not what CCCA is all about.

It's also interesting to see just how many cars were produced in the U.S. that CCCA now considers "Classic."

Browse through the list of Approved CCCA Classic Cars to see if the car you are interested in is a Full Classic as recognized by the Classic Car Club of America. If it isn't on the list, it's not a CCCA Full Classic.

A CCCA Classic is a "fine" or "distinctive" automobile, either American or foreign built, produced between 1915 and 1948.

They are also sometimes called "Full Classics®," or just plain "Classics" (with a capital "C"). Generally, a Classic was high-priced when new and was built in limited quantities.

Other factors, including engine displacement, custom coachwork and luxury accessories, such as power brakes, power clutch, and "one-shot" or automatic lubrication systems, help determine whether a car is considered to be a Classic.

Download Full Text of 'Why We Define Classics As We Do'.