The Antique Automobile Club of America instituted a policy whereby any motor vehicle (car, bus, motorcycle,etc.) manufactured prior to 1930 be classified as “antique.” The Classic Car Club of America expanded the list, focusing on luxury models made between 1925 and 1948. The Milestone Car Society developed a similar list for cars produced between 1948 and 1964.
Some states, such as Pennsylvania, have devised a dual registration system for classifying older cars— antique and classic. Depending upon their intended use, models from the 1960s and 1970s, especially convertibles and limited production models, fall into the “classic” designation.
References: Robert H. Balderson, “The Official Price Guide to Collector Cars,” Eighth Edition, House of Collectibles, 1996; James T. Lenzke and Ken Buttolph (eds.), “1999 Standard Guide to Cars & Prices: Prices For Collector Vehicles 1901–1990,” Eleventh Edition, Krause Publications, 1998.
– Harry L. Rinker
“Official Price Guide to Collectibles”