For the Love of Classic Cars

| August 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

1024px-Jag_E-TypeRush hour wouldn’t be called rush hour without the bustling presence of pedestrians, commuters and of course cars! With today’s highway being occupied by modern and conventionally designed automobiles, the sight of an elegant classic car striding along is always on for jaw-dropped-eye-popped stares. And so, questions raced on. “What model is that?” “How much is that?” “How is that done?”

If you’re on to having one of those gorgeous classic cars parked in your own garage or if you’re just curious for information about it, then this article is made just for you!. By Brooksbro69 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Definition of Classic Cars
A classic car are normally older cars with value decreasing less slowly as compared to modern and newer cars, but eventually appreciates in value over time. Before production of classic cars has ceased, they are considered to be well-built, well-designed and each is the pride of its manufacturing time.

Car collectors classify the car as classic if it has retained its appeal over time, has increased in its market value or have become a sought-after collector’s item. Other classifications of classic cars are those with innovative or trend-setting design and outstanding mechanical engineering and those that were produced in limited numbers and considered to be rare.

But, there are different notions as when to tell if a car is ‘classic’. The Classic Car Club of America states that only cars that are built between 1925 and 1948 can be named ‘classics’.

The Antique Automobile Club of America states that classic cars are those between 25 and 45 years old. As per the experts’ agreement, any car over 25 years old can be classified as classic. Others believe that before a car to be considered classic, its production should have ceased already.

Classic Cars Detailing
Classic cars, as with any other cars, undergo physical changes over time due to continuous. The first target of imperfection for cars is its paintworks. Over time the paintwork on cars pick up light to heavy scratches, birdlime marks and general road contamination. Bringing the car’s condition back to its finest and protecting it for the future is called detailing. Below is the process for classic cars detailing.

• Clean the exterior of the car including the inner arches with water spray to remove as much of the dirt as possible.
• Use a PH neutral shampoo and specially formulated to allow wheel cleaner in washing thoroughly the vehicle. Allow the vehicle to be completely dried off.
• Use a clay bar to remove any fallout that remains on the bodywork to leave it free from contaminants.
• When correcting the car from any small scratches and imperfections, use a rotary polisher with varying grades of cutting polish. This leaves the paint in a clean and blemish-free state.
• Protect the paint with protective wax.
• Garb the exterior plastic and tires for the final touch.

The interior of a car is where the difference of a detail can be felt. Ground in dirt and odor are easily accumulated to the carpets, leather and trims of the car’s interior. Removing it without damaging the finish is a very difficult task to do. To bring the interior of a car as close to its original condition as possible, here are some tips:
• Use specially tailored products to lift the contaminants with the minimum use of water and scrubbing. This will leave the interior clean and smelling great.
• After cleaning the carpets, seats and trim, leather can be fed to bring back its original supple condition and smell.

Number and Brands Manufactured
Every manufactured car in the United States and in many other countries has this unique identification sequence of numbers called Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). VIN (serial number) for classic cars comes in all sorts of variations which depend on the individual manufacturer at that time.

Depending on the make and model, these numbers are stamped not only on the engine, transmission and rear axle, but also on the alternator/generator, carburetor, distributor, water pump and heads. So, finding out the location of numbers for classic cars verification of authenticity is a tedious task. Seek professional help with regards to this.

List of Major Car Manufacturer (in no particular order)
• Pontiac
• Bently Motors
• Rolls-Royce Limited
• Ford
• Bugatti
• AC (Cars Group Ltd)
• Porsche
• Aston Martin
• Austin-Healey
• Mercedes-Benz
• Ferrari
• Chevrolet
• Lamborghini
• Jaguar
• Delorean

List of Prominent Classic Cars (in no particular order)
• Alvis 4.3-litre Tourer
• Bentley R-Type
• Porsche 959
• Allard J2
• McLaren F1
• Ferrari 512BB Berlinetta Boxer
• Rolls Royce Silver Cloud I
• Alfa Romeo 6C 1750
• Lancia Aurelia B24 (Spider and Convertible)
• Porsche 356
• Aston Martin DB5
• Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing
• Frazer Nash Le Mans Replica
• BMW 507
• AC Ace
• Volkswagen Type 2
• Lamborghini Countach LP400
• Jaguar E-type 3.8 Roadster
• Ferrari 250
• 1953 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe by Vignale
• 1933 Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix
• Ford GT40
• Maserati 3500GT (and 3500GT Spyder)

Classic Cars Method of Production
There is a big difference between the productions of todays’ modern cars as compared to classic cars. Car production today is faster and grander because modern car factories work using assembly or production lines. In the early days, cars were built largely by the so-called coach builders. They are skilled craftsmen that do the work manually.

But, what are classic cars made of?

Plate Glass. Most cars built before 1932 had windows and windshields made of plate glass. It was dangerous, but it was all that was available before 1927. Cadillac is the first car manufacturer to make safety glass standard on all its models.

Steel. Constructing classic cars require steel. For instance, a classic car such as the 1957 Chevy Bel Air can weigh up to a minimum of 3,000 pounds because of the steel material used to make it. Steel frame components and chassis are covered with a lot of steel on their sheet metal body panels decorated with chrome.

Upholstery. Classic car interior materials came in assortment with the type of automobile or car model. For example, luxury classic cars come with posh wood trim as well as leather fabric or upholstery while regular cars like the 1936 model of Chevy Cabriolet utilized mohair velvet or plaited mohair seat coverings. Synthetic fabrics and vinyl became typical interior fabrics in the later years.


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