Reviewing Classic American Cars

There has been debate over what constitutes a classic car. The term classic car has been used interchangeably with the term antique cars. However, the Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) regards classic American cars that are a minimum of 20 to 45 years old. The CCCA also notes that classic cars were manufactured between 1925 and 1948. Classic American cars today are coveted by wealthy people. These cars are considered as collectors items.

Muscle Cars

Muscle cars dominated the high performance automobile market in the 1950's. These types of vehicles are not the same as the two-seat sport cars that were produced for road racing and touring. The 1949 Oldsmobile Rocket 88 is one example of a American classic muscle car known for its speed and power. Another example of the muscle car was the 1955 Chrylser C-300. This vehicle had a blend of luxury combined with strong engine power. The Rambler Rebel, an American sedan, was noted for being the fastest American muscle car.

Design Features

Classic American cars are well-known for their degree of style, poise and magnificence. The Auburn V-12 Sedan, built in 1932 is one example of the classic style. This car came with Artillery wheels. The 1937 Cord Phaeton was known for the first technological improvement that had cruise control capability. Two other cars in the classic category featured the stylish Cadillac Convertible Coupe and the Packard Baron Sports Brougham of 1941.

Safety Features

A unique aspect of American classic cars was that they lacked safety features. Crumple zones, seat belts and rollover protection were not major concepts or additions to these vehicles. Other unique characteristics compared to cars today was that these classic cars did not have quality steering, suspension or brake performance. Today, many of these American classic cars would not pass safety inspections or best manufacturing standards.


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