Ask any car expert what defines a classic car, and we guarantee that you will get a different answer every single time.
Without a doubt, older cars that remain in demand today are classic cars. Those cars that are difficult to find and command hefty prices at auctions are classic cars.
But what about cars that have been produced in their millions? Would you consider them a classic car? Yes, why not? The Volkswagen Beetle, of which over 20 million were made, is certainly a classic. The Model T saw 15 million units produced in 20 years. That is certainly a classic car as well.
But it gets a little murkier. What about cars that are only 30 years old. Something like the NSX from Honda. Well, the fact that it was designed with input from the genius of Formula One driver Ayrton Senna makes this a classic car in our book. The same for a car like the Subaru Impreza. Early versions of this performance sedan are certainly classics.
So the question is, now that you know how we define classic cars, would you be able to identify classic car manufacturers from just looking at their logo?
Let's see how you perform!
Ferrari was founded in 1939 by Enzo Ferrari after he left Alfa Romeo. Now, the company is recognized as one of the greatest sports car makers in the world as well as a formidable opponent on the racetrack.
A maker of the some of the world's finest luxury cars, the Mercedes Benz name was first seen in the mid-1920's as part of the Daimler-Benz stable.
Ferdinand Porsche was a well-known car designer in Germany and was responsible for the design of the Volkswagen Beetle in the later 1930's. After World War II, he formed the Porsche company.
Formed by Charles Rolls and Henry Royce in 1906, Rolls Royce make the finest luxury cars available on the planet, used by presidents, royalty and the wealthy.
A British car company, MG was established in 1924 by Cecil Kimber. Interestingly, he named it after the company where he worked, Morris Garages.
BMW initially made aircraft engines before moving onto motorcycles and finally cars in the 1930's. Today, they are one of the most respected auto brands in the world.
The first cars produced with the Jaguar badge were seen in 1935 although the forerunner to the company had operated as the Swallow Sidecar Company from 1922. The famous Jaguar logo is known as 'The Leaper.'
The Hudson Motor Company produced cars between 1909 and 1954. Vehicles like the 1934 Hudson 8 convertible certainly are classics, if you can find one.
A British sports car maker, early vehicles from Aston Martin like the DB5 are true classics!
French auto manufacturer Citroen was founded in 1919 by André-Gustave Citroën. Over the years, they have made some incredible cars that have certainly become classics including the 2CV and DS.
Formed in 1910, Alfa Romeo has a rich history of producing a number of classic cars. These include the Alfa Romeo Spider, which had a production run from 1966 to 1993, the ’66 to ’69 models, and the first generation, which are highly sought as classic cars.
Always in demand, Shelby Cobras regularly sell for big money at auctions. In 2007, one sold for $6.5 million at an auto auction in Arizona. At the time, this was a record for a vehicle made in the United States. The car in question was the personal Cobra of Carrol Shelby.
Cadillac is one of America's oldest motoring brands and was established in 1902. Over the years, they have produced many cars that are now considered classic, including the Cadillac Sixteen. A full-sized luxury car was produced from 1930 to 1940.
Available as a two-seat convertible and hardtop, the 3500 was built by the legendary manufacturer Maserati from 1957 to 1964. This was a front-engined rear-wheel drive car powered by a 3.5-liter straight-6 engine, which produced around 220 brake horsepower. Maserati was formed in 1914.
Well, one thing is for sure, the 1933 Packard Twelve Spot Phaeton is beautiful. And expensive, even then. The Phaeton would set you back well over $5,000 back in those days. It was powered by a V-12 engine, which produced 160 brake horsepower and a speed of over 100 mph. Packard built vehicles between 1899 and 1958.
Lamborghini was established in 1963 and over the years have given us some classic sports cars.
Considered the first sports car built by an American company, the Bearcat introduced in 1914 had a four-cylinder 60 brake horsepower engine. Although by today’s standards that may seem like nothing, in 1914 the Bearcat was the fastest thing on four wheels. Stutz was founded in 1911 but closed in 1939.
The list of Ford classics including the Model T, Mustang, Thunderbird and many more!
One of America's big three automakers, Chrysler was established in 1925. Models such as the Airflow from the 1930's are true American classics.
Oldsmobile was America's oldest vehicle. Established in 1897, their company ran till 2004 and was responsible for classics such as the Curved Dash and Cutlass among many others.
Founded in 1900, Dodge is currently the oldest American car brand. Many of their cars are considered to be classics, including the Challenger and Charger, both muscle cars from the 1960's.
Who doesn’t love the Fiat 500? No, we not talking about the modern one but the first model, released in the 1950's. This car took Europe by storm, and it's not difficult to understand why. Small, cheap and certainly cute, 500’s from that era remain in demand today. A classic from Fiat for sure.
This two-door mid-engined sports car was marketed in the US as the Acura NSX. The first generation of the NSX was built between 1990 and 2005 with the second generation following a decade later in 2016. The current NSX, a hybrid, is powered by a 3.5 L twin-turbo V6 engine and three electric motors. It is sure to be a classic in the future as well.
Built in 1939, the Horch Special Roadster is a vehicle of rare beauty and shows off those classic lines of a pre-World War II car. A Horch 853A Special Roadster sold for $5.1 million in California.
Produced between 1936 and 1940, the Zephyr was a mid-sized luxury car produced by Lincoln. It was the only car in its class to feature a V12 engine with its rivals running V8's and straight 8s. The Zephyr was available in a variety of body types including 2-door coupe, 2-door convertible and 4-door sedan to name a few.
The Mitsubishi Evo saw the light of day in the early 1990s. This sports sedan feature front engined four-wheel drive. It was not only quick, but the Evo also handled like a dream as well. Six different generations were produced in the 1990s, and these are considered to be classic performance sedans.
A purveyor of some of the best cars available, Volkswagen also produced one of the greatest classics, the Beetle, all the way back in 1937.
Sadly now defunct, Plymouth brought some incredible cars to the American public including the Plymouth Barracuda. The 'Cuda quickly became a popular muscle car from its release in 1964. In fact, it debuted two weeks before the Ford Mustang. Of course, later models featuring the Hemi engine are the most sought after.
Nothing is more classic from Pontiac than the GTO. The first models, released in 1964 were available in a convertible, hardtop and coupe. This was a serious muscle car and remains a firm favorite with enthusiasts today.
Introduced in 1962, the Avanti certainly looked different from other cars on the market. Studebaker pitched the Avanti as a high-performance four-passenger car. And its performance at the time was pretty special with the Avanti breaking close to 30 records during runs at the Bonnievale Salt Flats. Studebaker sadly shut up shop in 1967.
Known for its incredible handling and punchy performance, the Subaru Impreza was first introduced to the Japanese market in 1992. This car is now in its fifth generation and remains an excellent seller worldwide. Early models are certainly classified as classics.
The Volvo P1900 was a stylish roadster from the 1950s and is sought after as a classic today. Only 68 of these stunning machines were built between 1956 and 1957. The P1900 had a 3-speed manual gearbox and was powered by a 1,400cc straight four engine.
Built between 1959 and 1967, the Austin Healey 3000 was powered by a 2.9-liter straight-6 engine. This two-door vehicle was available as a roadster or convertible and many 3000’s made their way to North America. In fact, in 1963, over 90% of the 3000’s produced actually ended up in the USA.
Chevrolet are one of the world's most famous car brands. Many vehicles from Chevrolet are classics, for example, the first generation of the Corvette.
Just 710 units of the Bugatti Type 57SC Atalante Coupe were produced from 1934 to 1940. This is a true classic and a vehicle of rare beauty. That would explain the price of $7.9 million at auction in 2008.
Mercury was as a division of Ford in 1938, making entry-level models until 2011 when Ford closed the brand.