what makes a classic car?
at what point of a cars life does it become a classic? the Phase 3 GTHO, Morris Minor, E-Type Jag and Audi Quattro are all classics, but share little in common. some are older than others, and some are faster than others.
does age determine a classic? most would agree that the XR6T is probably destined to become a classic, and some would probably think it is a classic already. is an XD Falcon a classic yet? maybe not, but, if you are like me, you will look twice at one that is in good condition. in the UK, cars are seen as classics a lot sooner than they appear to be here, simply because cars over there disappear into piles of rust a lot sooner. it is rare to see a car over 15 years old on the road, yet in Oz, 20+ year old cars are everywhere.
does a car have to be rare to be a classic? you dont see any Lada Cevaros around any more, but is it a classic?in fact, it would probably be easier to locate a phase 3 than a Brock Lada, but which would you rather have? also, XR6Ts are still in production, and probably will be as long as there is a demand, so rarity doesnt enter the picture with this car.
what about significance? the (original) mini is definitley a classic. this was the first car to cram so much into such a small package, the first front wheel drive car to really become popular and defined the small car market from then on. the XR6T is also a milestone in Ford Australia as it is the first (that i know of) widely available turbo 6 cylinder that they made.
reliability is NOT a factor...try driving a Mini in the rain. Ferraris are cranky as well, but everyone wants one.
what about opinion? if i think a car, lets say an RS2000 is a classic, but others dont, does that mean it isnt? do you need consensus to say a car is classic?
and what about dumbing down certain cars? the original Golf Gti is a classic, however, later models removed the factors that made the original so popular. the car became softer, safer and more comfortable. does this make the original Golf more or less desirable?
why do certain variations become classics so much faster? is it a rarity thing? eg, the XE ESP 351 is a classic. but is an XE GL?
what about performance? the Cooper S ate everything in its day, but you could argue that all Minis are now classics, and they werent fast. Morris Minors could never be accused of being overpowered, but these are also classics.
i find it a bit funny that we would mostly agree on what is and isnt a classic car, but we do so without any real guidelines about what makes a car classic. IMO, the XR6T is going to be a classic. i dont know if that fact means that it is already a classic...does this destiny make an instant classic? i dont think the destiny itself makes it a classic, but in the XR6Ts case, it is a classic already.
You wash your car like it was your firstborn child, you tend to its needs like it was your own body, you protect it like it's your family, then you drive it like you stole it.
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2002 Ford Falcon AU3 XR6
1985 Ford Sierra XR4i
1980 Ford Escort RS2000