The definition of a ‘classic car’ has always been hotly debated by enthusiasts. in the UK, pre-Second-World-War cars fall into clear categories, with cars built before 1905 being considered ‘vintage’ and Edwardian cars (1905 to 1918) being classified as ‘veteran’. Cars from the 1930s and 1940s are sometimes referred to as ‘post-veteran’. While for insurance purposes a car needs to be 20 to 25 years old to quality as a classic, deciding on whether an older modern car is actually a classic car seems to be a controversial subject.
Some collectors maintain that in order to quality as a ‘proper’ classic car, the model should be out of production. Cars with an interesting or unusual history or celebrity connection may be on the fast track to classic-dom, as could vehicles that were the first examples of innovative technology. These unusual examples may not be traditionally ‘classic’ cars, but still qualify for a place in motoring history.
In the end, the term ‘classic’ mostly comes down to a matter of personal opinion. If your car is 25 years old or more, the model has a collectors’ club dedicated to it, there’s something unusual or important about it, it’s out of production or once belonged to someone famous, most authorities would agree it qualifies as a classic. Here at the Swettenham Arms, though, we don’t think it matters if your car is technically a classic – if you have a cherished vehicle you love, we’d love you to drive it out to come and see us!
Every Tuesday evening from 7pm until the end of September, we hold a classic car event at our rural Cheshire location. We’ve a large, safe car park, we serve delicious homemade food and everyone who brings a classic car along will get a free pint. Come and chat with other enthusiasts and likeminded owners, and enjoy our beer garden, cosy bar and dining room for the perfect evening out.