A classic car is an older automobile; the exact definition varies around the world. The common theme is of an older car with enough historical interest to be collectable and worth preserving or restoring rather than scrapping.
Cars 100 years and older typically fall into the antique class.
Organizations such as the Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) and the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) maintain a list of eligible unmodified cars that are called “classic”. These are described as “fine” or “distinctive” automobile, either American or foreign built, produced between 1915–1925 and 1942–1948.
In the UK, ‘classic cars’ range from veteran (pre–First World War), to vintage (1919–1930), to post-vintage (1930s).
Post–Second World War “classic cars” are not precisely defined and the term is often applied to any older vehicle.