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What Features Make A Car A Classic?

23 Jun , 2017  

Any self-respecting car lover wants one thing, and that is to own a classic car.

In fact, petrol heads often dream about walking into a dealership and paying cash for a Porsche 911.

But, why? In this day and age, there are so many cars on the market, and most of them are more than adequate. Indeed, they are pretty special.

Still, it’s the oldies that appear to be the goodies even after all this time. Because the good folks at Carwitter just couldn’t let it lie, we decided to find out why.

Here’s what we decided after a long and exhaustive study.

 

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Looks

It’s undeniable that looks matter and people that disagree are lying. The simple fact is that all great cars are beautiful.

Take the Bugatti Veyron. Sure, the 2005 version has a top speed of 261 miles per hour and 1500 bhp. And, yes, it cost up to one million pounds, which adds to the appeal of the car.

 

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However, it’s stand out feature is its sleekness. Built like a bull, the Veyron is muscular and slender at the same time with curves in all the right places.

It even manages to get away with a spoiler without looking gaudy or ostentatious. All classics have looks that don’t fade – fact.

 

Age

We don’t want to say that some things aren’t instant classics. Again, the Bugatti springs to mind.

However, cars do get better with time. It’s as if they look more beautiful and feel more powerful. As the saying goes, absence makes the heart grow fonder and that is true of a classic.

 

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The next time you get behind the wheel of a Mazda MX 5, it will all come back in a flood. After all, the fact that it can reach 0-62 (don’t ask) in 8.3 seconds doesn’t seem like a big deal until you get the full experience.

Cars evoke memories, and memories are more evocative with time.

 

Practicality

Let’s face it – classic cars aren’t Formula 1 specimens that never see the road. A Ferrari F1 car is a pipe dream and nothing more.

 

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The real hero is the motor that is as comfortable popping to the shop as it is on track. It’s the car that Zurich car insurance will provide a quote for without laughing in your face.

It’s the one that doesn’t need filling up with fuel every five minutes because it won’t guzzle gas. Okay, a classic is exotic, but it’s nothing if it is not practical.

 

Price

It’s counterproductive, yet it seems we car enthusiasts love a vehicle that is out of our price range.

Although, the more you think about it, the more it makes sense. Classic cars are a dream, a goal to attain in the future.

 

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It doesn’t matter who you are because no one should set a target that is easy to achieve. The fact that a Shelby GT500 hovers around the £50,000 mark or that a DB9 retailed at close to £150,000 adds to their greatness.

Otherwise, it would be another Vauxhall Astra, and no one dreams of owning a Vauxhall.

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