What makes a classic car a classic? This is a discussion that vintage and classic car owners rage about deep into the night. Wrenches have been flung and screwdrivers brandished. A select list of classic cars by the Classic Car Club of America includes only unmodified vehicles built between 1915-1925 and 1942-1948, but head to any classic car rally and you'll see a much broader range of vehicles.
To this end, we've compiled a list of 10 cars that we consider classics, kept in perfect condition and ready to wow you at a local car meet. Have a look to see which of these venerable vehicles would make your classic car list.
1. 1969 Dodge Charger
After your dog, the Dodge Charger is your best friend. The 2-barrel Charger from 1969 was rated at 290 hp and the 4-barrel version at 330 hp.
2. 1972 Datsun 240Z
The 240Z (also known as the Fairlady Z, but if you're a male owner, don't tell anyone) was only made between 1970 and 1973. Despite this short run, Sports Cars International ranked the 240Z as the 2nd best sports car of the seventies.
3. 1969 Chevrolet Camero
Many Americans hold a special place for the first-generation Camero. Less than 100,000 were built and sold in 1969, and its a popular myth that some of the vehicles sporting a 1970 VIN were actually built in 1969.
4. 1928 Ford A Sedan
Closer to the official designation for a classic car is this exquisite 1928 Ford A Sedan, also known as the "Tin Lizzie." A very rare Ford Model A Special Coupe was built between March 1928 and June 1929.
5. 1959 Abarth 750 Spider
Rare to find in America, the 1959 Abarth 750 Spider shown here has the even rarer Allemano-bodied ragtop. It was last seen zipping around the streets of Santa Barbara, California, as spritely as the day it was manufactured.
6. 1955 Ford Sunliner
The Sunliner name was used on four different Ford model ranges, and it 1959 it was possible to get either a Ford Fairline Sunliner or a Ford Galaxie Sunliner. The last Ford Galaxie Sunliner was sold in 1964.
7. 1975 Cadillac Coupe Deville
You can pick up the audacious 1975 Cadillac Coupe Deville in immaculate condition for less than $8,000 new, a true bargain. Often considered America's most popular luxury car, its a vehicle that'll never give you any trouble as long as you keep up the basic maintenance.
8. 1965 Black Mustang Convertible
This 225-horsepower 1965 Black Mustang with an original A Code 289 engine is a staple of sixties style and performance. Attention to detail when restoring a vehicle is important, and this Black Mustang has had it in spades.
9. 1958 Ford Thunderbird
Ford sure did make some great cars in the fifties. The 1958 Thunderbird ushered in the second generation of the vehicle, with its four seats, more rigid body and dual headlamps (for a total of four.)
10. 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454
The seventies had classics too, and this 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 is one of them. The LS5 454-cubic-inch V8 was rated at 360 hp, but modern tests have shown it actually threw out over 500 hp straight from the factory.