What Do You Think?


A great post on Hemmings yesterday followed by the usual interesting set of informed comments. Posts like this and the comments that follow are the main reasons I read Hemmings.

The new CCCA president wants to welcome younger members, but is not in favor of changing the time period of cars that qualify for inclusion. The most recent cars that qualify were built in 1948. I think I’m old, but even I wasn’t born in 1948. As I have mentioned before, almost all of us suffer from some form of temporal arrogance. Many people believe that things that happened before they were born are not important. I disagree, of course, but it’s an understandable belief. In my opinion, if the CCCA (Classic Car Club of America, by the way) won’t change the time period of inclusion then it will become less and less relevant as time passes.

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From conceptcarz.com a picture of a 1941 Lincoln Continental. I think this is a classic car and a beautiful car, but so is this:

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From commons.wikimedia.org a picture of a 1953 Buick Skylark. To me, this is almost the definition of an American classic car, but is too new for the CCCA.

What do you think?

2 thoughts on “What Do You Think?

  1. I think 65 years should qualify as a classic. There are probably items that I don’t know about that enters into the decision. But just looking at it is nice enough for me. The details are sometimes interesting to me but mostly I don’t know and don’t care.


    1. The Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) uses 25 years as its standard. The debate is whether or not the CCCA strictly adhering to a seemingly difficult standard will prevent younger people from becoming interested in the hobby.


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