If you are a car lover and have just recently decided to take an interest in classic cars, then we invite you to stick around and learn a bit more about them. We’ll be taking a look at what classic cars are, which ones are the most valuable, some history of these automobiles and more.
If you have ever wondered what constitutes a car as “classic” then that will depend on the country you are in. According to the Classic Car Club of America (CCCA), a vehicle must first be between 30 to 49 years old or manufactured in 1925 through 1948. A classic car can be either American or foreign made, must have engine displacement, some luxury accessories and customized coachwork. Many classic cars have such add-ons as automatic lube systems, power clutches, power brakes and more.
It is a possibility for vehicles not yet on the CCCA’s list to join it eventually but a member must petition for a vehicle to do so first. Every application is very methodically examined and as expected, there are not many that will succeed in being accepted.
Some of our Favorite Expensive Classics:
1957 Ferrari Testa Rossa – This automobile is one of the most expensive classic vehicles you can find today. In 2009 one was up for auction and sold for a cool $12.1 million to the highest bidder. Only 22 of them were produced.
1961 Ferrari 250 GTA SWB California Spyder – The second most expensive classic on our list sold at an auction in 2008 for $10.9 million and there were a total of 50 California Spyders developed.
1931 Bugatti Type 41 Royale Kellner – A 1987 auction saw to it that this luxury-laden classic sold for $9.8 million and there were surprisingly only 6 of them ever manufactured.
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster – The last automobile on our most expensive classic car list was sold for $8.2 million at an auction and there were 26 of them created by the manufacturer.
During the immediate years that saw an end to World War II, there was a global change in the development of styles and designs to vehicles. Automobiles would start to become envelope bodies in a standard arrangement. Vehicles before WWII were often equipped with removable trunks, headlights and fenders. They also had perpendicular grill treatments on a steady basis.
For those hoping to purchase a classic car for themselves one day, there is a set of invisible rules that will come with the territory. Many car lovers will begin to take notice of you and your vehicle so you can be expected to answer thousands of questions from onlookers. If you don’t want to appear like a fool or a fraud, you had better learn all you can about years, engines, transmissions and more. As well, not only will it cost you a small fortune to purchase one of these beautiful vehicles but maintenance costs won’t be cheap either. Most importantly however, take the best care of it that you can and preserve it for a lifetime.