What makes a automobile a classic? It seems every organization and enterprise has their own definition, so we wanted to kick off this blog series with what we consider a classic.
Some people define classics as any car older than 25 years. This is the parameter our car Finder search tool uses. but for this series, we are going to define classics as automobiles made between the 1910s and the 1970s that are of sufficient historical interest to be collectable and worth preserving or restoring rather than scrapping.
We’ll also highlight some modern classics. modern classics are automobiles made after the 1970s that are hallmarks of an era and its design sensibilities. Ex. Thomas Magnum’s Robin 1 Ferrari 308 GTS, Doc Brown’s Delorean, the 1994 Porsche 964 and the 1991 Nissan Skyline.
So now that we’ve defined what a classic is, here are some of our favorite classics that have recently graced our platform and made us drool just a bit.
1965 Ford Mustang
By any definition, a Mustang from the 1960s is a classic. It has been described as a sports coup with a short back and long front. It has been referred to as a faster horse. Originally, Ford thought it would sell around 100,000 Mustangs and call it done. The 10-millionth automobile sold in 2018.
It has a throaty engine with horsepower to spare, and those sleek lines are just plain sexy. The word “iconic” gets tossed around a lot these days, but a candy apple red 1965 Ford Mustang with conventional transmission and a roaring V8 is worthy of the title. this one needs a little work on the back end, but is so deserving of restoration. If you miss this one, you can set up a car Alert, and we’ll text and/or email you the next time one of these babies has a chance to be yours. .
1941 Lincoln Continental
The Lincoln Continental was the first of a new automotive segment, the personal luxury car. The designs focused on comfort and style over performance and handling. The trim dates back to the 1930s and grew directly out of a prototype luxury automobile built for Edsel Ford.
This 1941 model represents the first generation of the Continental. This baby fetches a premium price because it has less than 23,000 miles on it. We’re pretty sure whoever purchases this one will add a few much more miles rolling down the streets of LA, turning heads.
1971 Volkswagen Beetle
The Beetle was implied to be an cost effective automobile for the masses and a symbol of the return of German manufacturing might. decades later, it would become a hallmark of the counterculture crusaders who needed cost effective transportation.
This particular model has a rag top for beach trips and general cruising down the streets of Atlanta. It’s a terrific opportunity to release your inner hippie, beach bum, or just retro fan.
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. The Chevy Camaro was GM’s answer to the success of the Ford Mustang. As a direct competitor, the Camaro was dubbed a pony automobile and a muscle automobile by fans.
This 1969 model on our Knoxville location comes from the last year they made the first generation of Camaros. It features low milage, a restored 350 cc engine, and enough horsepower and engine noise to make the pulse race. The Ford Mustang was heavily influenced by the world war II fighter aircraft. Take a look at the gear shifter on this Camaro, and you can see the influence of the jet and rocket age.
1959 Cadillac series 62
Since 1902, Cadillac has stood for luxury automobiles. It’s one of the first automobile companies, and was named after Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, the founder of Detroit. To drive a Cadillac is to drive with class, and this 1959 series 62 radiates it. The model isn’t named after a year, it’s instead the middle line of the Cadillac lineup of the era, above the entry level, but much more cost effective than the tippy top of the line.
We are of the opinion that the one thing a classic Cadillac should have are tail fins. We love how this model has the classic wings with big organic curves.
If you win this auction and need a chauffeur for the evening, we know a few folks who would happily volunteer.
Stay Tuned for much more classic Cars
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