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I brought this question up in another topic.

When does a Ferrari become a classic? For states in the U.S. a car is considered a classic after 25 years from its date of production (I'm by no means claiming this to be a valit good way to determine this, just using if for example). But are cars like the F40 and 1984 Testarossa already classics?
 

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officialy a car becomes a classic after 20 years and an oldtimer after 25 years (in belgium that is).
But in my opinion it depends from car to car when it becomes a classic, considering the cars heritage and live it's led.
Like an F40 is defenitly a classic in my book. Think of it, the car has it all, the looks, the power, Enzo's last car.
And then you have cars that nobody cares about how old they are, like for instance a 30 year old Lada (maybe not the best example) not many people will consider this to be a real classic, non other the less it's age
 

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The term "classic" is very vague. It really can be applied to a brand new car (ie: your TR example), because it is so different from anything else in the world. Many cars have unmistakable shapes and features, but only a few can stand out from the rest of them. When everything about it combines into something that is just "right". Not neccesarily perfect, but what feels and looks good. And that no matter if its a woman or a man, young or old, etc... If everyone FEELS the same way about it, then yes, it is a CLASSIC.

As for legal implications of the "classic" status for cars, up here in B.C. Canada, it depends on age AND how many were built. Example:

25 years and older - An unlimited amount made qualifies (a VW Beetle)
15 years and older - No more than 1500 built in a year (My GT4 is an easy example)
5 years and older - The company must have quit producing cars for at least 5 years (back in the early '90's when this program started, a DeLorean would qualify).

This program doesn't really call them "Classics" but as "Collector Cars". About a month ago, I saw a perfect Volvo 242 that had "Collector" plates on it (special license plates to show that the car is part of the program). A Volvo 242 ain't really a "Classic", but in my eyes, this car was, just because of its excellent condition! (a prerequisite to get into the program)
 

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Well, in most Ferrari circles the year 1973 is a benchmark. Before 1973 is a claasic, after that it is a modern car! In general, I find exotic cars in general classics, even if they are still being produced, like the Mucielago.

However, if you would want to have a defintion in general, I would suggest something like:

'it has been out of production and there are enthousiasts for it (e.g. owner clubs do exist for the specific type)'

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A classic goes beyond a time frame. A 30-year Yugo will never be a classic. To me, it is all about the looks of the car, which must be unique. Performance does not matter.

Therefore, my 550 is a classic. Of course, my judgment is purely analytical. If you believe this, then I have a bridge to sell you.

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Yep I agree on that:

Classics that do not perform well:

T-Ford
VW Beetle
Citroën 2CV
Citroën DS/ID
Volvo Amazone

even a 308 GTB is not a ultra fast car, but it is a classic nevertheless.

Also classics are made by commercialism!
Just look at TV and films and the cars always ended up being a classic:

Take the James Bond cars, the Miami Vice cars, the Magnum car, Knightrider, A-team, Dukes of Hazzard, the Saint, the Avengers, Back tot the Future, Cannonball Run etc. etc.

They all drove classics, didn't they?

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The Vw Beetle is a classic not for its sheer HP.But it performs well for what it was intended. It is a classic for its reliability and drivability. The 308 may not be an 'ultra fast car' However, it performs just fine for its time and age. Would have the 250 Testa Rossa have become a classic if it hadn't perform well on the track?? Yes, she is beautiful but the V12 engine helped build her reputation. Cars become classics for different reasons, not just looks....
 

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That's really funny
in the new Classic Cars magazine there's an article called: What makes a Classic?
and they've made a list of 10 requirements that you have to rate till 10.
so here go's
1- It must have a prestige badge
2- It must have motorsport prestige
3- It must be aestheically appealing
4- It must be exlusive, though not to te point of uniqueness
5- It must have been desirable when new
6- It must have cultural signifigance
7- It must have design or engineering signifigance
8- It must have driving appeal
9- It must be good at what it's supposed to do
10- It must be worth investing time or money in

The 250 GTO was one of the cars rated and had the best (ofcourse) score of 98%
all perfect score except on number 7 where it got an 8 wich i think deserves also a 10

BTW there's also an article in it about the 166 Spyder Corsa, the reason why o bought the mag in the first place
 

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A vehicle must be 25 years old to register it as an antique.

Regardless of age, a Ferrari is always considered an "exotic".
 

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Dirk, based on their criteria, the GTO would deserve an "8" for question #7.

There was no ground-breaking technology used on the GTO when it was introduced. In fact, there's nothing really different with that, and the 166 that was made 15 years prior! Steel tube-frame, ind. fr. suspension, leaf-spring rear suspension, front V-12 with a syncronised gearbox, hand-formed aluminum body... Which car am I talking about? Both! :D
 

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I believe in modern classics... 550 Barchetta, 360 Spider, Enzo Ferrari... :lol:


They are all certainly exotic, and the 288 GTO, F40, F50, and Enzo (F140) are supercars in my book. 8)
 

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I think classics deserve a time period in which they are defined as classics. After 25 yrs and they have stood the test of time and popularity these cars should fit the classic era. Modern cars have no place as classics until they have run the same time period as older cars.
 

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Peter,
granted mechanically there was nothing new, but they did a great job on the caroserie in terms of putting the car in a windtunnel now, the GTO gets a great result
Don't forget that the GTO is an evolution of the SWB
 

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Each to his fancy. There are a lot of very old cars I dont like and wouldnt consider a classic and there are some newer cars thatr I would. In Pennsylvania a car can be registered as a classic after 15 years and an Antique after 20 years.
 

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Correct that 25 years, for antique in Pa.Use to be 10 for classic and 20 for Antique here and they had to change it due to all the old rust bucket mustangs and camaro's clanking down the road.In Pa. a classic needs no emmission test and a antique needs no emmissions and no inspection sticker.Thats the incentive to due it. Plus you dont pay an annual renewal on either tag.A one time fee to register only.They also require pictures at time of registration due to all the abuses.
 

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No they got it . Your thinking of Deleware. A lot of people buy cars there and drive em up and fudge the purchase price when registering here.From Phila to Deleware state line is about 15-20 minutes.
 
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