Your browser version is no longer supported, so you may experience issues while using this site.
Please upgrade to a current browser to enjoy the best experience.

What Makes a Car a Classic?

29 May 2017

Like many things in life, what constitutes a classic can be subjective. Unlike an antique, it’s not always related to age or indeed monetary value. That said, most have had considerable time and money thrown at them to state a pretty good case. But oddly, when it comes to cars it’s often comparable to what makes a classic song, and how it makes you feel; the emotional value.

At AA insurance we consider a classic car to be someone’s pride and joy, their Sunday drive car. It’s not used every day to chug into work, drop the kids at school or pick up the groceries. Heaven forbid!

No, it’s more likely to be one of the family, and loved almost as much. But there are always a few nuances, so here’s a rough guide to the types of classics we insure.

Classic cars are usually older vehicles with historical interest that makes them collectible and worth preserving. The intention of our Classic Vehicle policy is to offer cover for a car, van or other type of treasured vehicle that’s only occasionally driven and well looked after.

Some later model vehicles may also be considered a classic. These are generally rare, hard to find, or are believed to one day be collectable.

Some customers may have a car that most of us would consider as a pretty ‘everyday’ car. However, to the customer it is so special that they are part of a car club, take extra care of it, and only take it out on the occasional Sunday drive or rally. So we consider each vehicle on its own merits, including how the customer uses it.

If in doubt about your metal ‘baby’ then give our team a call to find out more.

Share: 

Have a question for us?

Find out why we're consistently awarded best insurer and most satisfied customers:

Make an online enquiry

Call us on 0800 500 231

8am-8pm Monday to Friday.  8am-6pm weekends & holidays

Let's get things sorted

If you like the sound of our insurance policy and would like more information or simply want a quick quote use the links below.

Find out more about...

Get a Quote

Related Articles

6 ways to care for your classic car this summer

Access to Experts

6 ways to care for your classic car this summer

Whether you take your classic vehicle out once in a blue moon or every sunny day, you’ll want to look after it during the heat of summer.