When listening to the classic rock station, I’m accustomed to hearing music from Led Zeppelin, ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd. So when a Metallica song came on the other day, I thought the station switched without my consent. When I realized the channel was still locked firmly on classic rock, I had a small tantrum.
“Metallica is NOT classic rock,” I said to myself. “I listened to Metallica as a teenager, just a few short… umm… oh man, 15-20 years ago.”
Holy moly, it’s true. Metallica are now considered a classic rock band.
Today I’m having the same realization about cars.
What constitutes a classic car? There’s no official definition, but in my mind a classic a car has to be at least a decade old, have proven itself in at least one specific niche and be slowly rising in value. The car was probably produced in low numbers, or the design was especially beautiful, or it performed like no other car prior.
As we progress deeper into 2014, the cars that could be classified as classics are suddenly rather new. Rather than lumping all classic cars into the era up to the 1960s or 1970s, we have to consider all the way up to the turn of the century. Cars from the ’80s and ’90s can easily be considered classics now.
Both cars have become classics for very different reasons. The Honda is the epitome of 1980’s fuel efficiency and performance. In recent years it has become something of a legend, and used ones are very difficult to find. If there’s any doubt that the CRX has become a classic, I saw one listed for $16,000 this week.
At its inception in the early ’90s, the Viper became the center of attention for nearly every die-hard car fan. Brutish, fast, untamed and beautiful, the car re-invented the idea of an American supercar. Today’s SRT Viper owes its DNA to the original, and Vipers from those early days are gaining steam as collectible.
What “modern” cars would you classify as classics?