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The Classic Cadillac Forum Discussion, How do yous guys define "classic"? in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; ---------- [/COLOR]The Classic Car Club of America (CCCA--I only assume that they are still thus named) had a rather strict ...
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    Re: How do yous guys define "classic"?

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    [/COLOR]The Classic Car Club of America (CCCA--I only assume that they are still thus named) had a rather strict definition of the term "Classic." Note that, when used, it is usually capitalized. Reference is to a low-production, custom-bodied, high-dollar vehicle manufactured through about 1948 (with exceptions, I believe). A 1932 V-16 Roadster--yesirree-bob! My1960 model 62 conv.--newppp.

    Most of our cars would be called "Special Interest." To use the term "modern classic, " or "collectible," is somewhat misleading. Even with a lower-case "c," I still prefer to leave the word in the provenance of the "true Classic" set--as a noun. "Collectible" and lower-case "classic," by extension, is about as definitive describing art as well as cars: it's all relative. who has it, who wants it, and how much for it. "classic" as an adjective: ("The Seville is a classic example of downsizing without sacrificing luxury," or "The classic lines of the 1959 Cadillac were the epitome of styling direction then"). Adjective. Good.

    Regarding Cads, I'd remind you that "CDV Convertible" is a bit redundant and that the expression, "convertible coupe" (or just"convertible") is most accurate. There exist "convertible sedans" as well. This is more "Classic" car stuff. A Seville is always a coupe (hardtop) and a Seville is the ragtop, in 50's jargon.

    Fenders cover the front wheels, therefore, "front fender" is redundant, whilst quarter panels are the "rear fenders," so to speak.

    Please feel free to ask my opinion in future!

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    Re: How do yous guys define "classic"?

    Quote Originally Posted by akaBC View Post
    Regarding Cads, I'd remind you that "CDV Convertible" is a bit redundant and that the expression, "convertible coupe" (or just"convertible") is most accurate. There exist "convertible sedans" as well. This is more "Classic" car stuff. A Seville is always a coupe (hardtop) and a Seville is the ragtop, in 50's jargon.
    I would disagree a bit on this. "CDV" (Coupe DeVille) is the complete model name. The word "Coupe" is part of the name given the car by Cadillac. It is not just a descriptive word. Adding the word "convertible" further distinguishes it from a Coupe DeVille with a metal top.

    As to the original question, regarding the word "Classic" as used in this forum title, I would not limit it to the CCCA definition.
    I go by the number of times I hear "What year is that?", "Are you interested in selling?" Nobody asks that when I'm driving my '95. I usually get at least one comment everytime I take out the '79 CDV. Therefore, it's a classic.

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