An antique car is a great passion for collectors and connoisseurs, fiscally sound investment for investors, and a magnificent avenue to capture time and the past in a capsule. Riding down the street in an older antique car is the closest thing to being inside a time machine. An antique car is typically considered to be older than anywhere from 25 to 45 years depending on the expert counsel or agency giving the information. American, European, and other car manufacturers have produced quite the list of cars that would be considered an official antique car.
The line between classic and antique car is debatable. Many agree that a classic car has to be at least 20 years old and that an antique car is at least 45 years old, according to the Antique Automobile Club of America. The legal term as it refers to car registration varies from place to place. Traditionally, cars from the beginning of automobile creation up to the thirties are considered an antique car and the forties and fifties is the beginning of the classic and muscle car era. The time period of the antique car is comprised of several different automobile eras, which are the Veteran, Brass, and Vintage eras. The Veteran era covers the time of the automobile being invented until 1890. The Brass Era is from 1890 until 1918 and is called the Horseless Carriage Era by many. The Vintage era is from 1920 till the 1930's and after the Great Depression.
People purchase, drive, and collect antique car vehicles for various reasons but the two main motivating forces are for money and the passion of it. Many want to feel drawn to aspects of the past, ancestors, and how life was a long time ago. Some admire the innovation and old school manufacturing of vintage machines from that time era. A certain sentimental value exists for these type of collectors and they do it for the fun and prestige of having these harder to come by vehicles. It provides a more eccentric dynamic than simply buying a brand new car off the lot. The monetary benefit of collecting the antique car is very alluring and a significant factor in the prevalence of these vehicles being purchased. The price of such vehicles tend to increase over time opposed to buying a new car and having it drastically decrease in value the time it's driven off the lot. For new vehicles the decrease in value continues vigorously over the initial years as well. Antique car automobiles sell for record prices at auctions and private sells and many of these vehicles are still road worthy today for certain duties and distances on the street. Investors can easily double their money or more in certain scenarios when they can buy an antique car for cheap. A high demand antique car can easily sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars or even millions.
There are quite a few car manufacturers that still exist that were in business in the pre-1930's era but many have since gone out of business. This makes certain brands and models even more sought after, like getting a pet that is supposed to be extinct in a sense. American cars such as Buick, Cadillac, Chrysler, and more all have sought after antique car models from the 30's and other decades in that time frame. The Aston Martin, Bentley, BMW, Benz, and other European cars have antique car models from the 20's, 30's, and other decades that flourished then and is still popular now. The antique car style has been around for over a century and with popularity increasing, the antique car will be around for many decades to come.