A Car Glossary – How Automobiles are Generally Categorized

A Car Glossary – How Automobiles are Generally Categorized

Car owners, automakers, auto organizations and even insurance companies will often categorize automobiles to sort them into groups. Sometimes, however, there is confusion about these groups and there may even be some crossover. Some categories are more formal and others more flexible. Here is a general glossary of cars and how they are sorted into categories.

Vintage – This term is generally used to describe automobiles that were manufactured prior to 1930.

Antique – This label is given to cars that are 45 years or older. It may be surprising to know that if you have a late 1980s model car.

Classic – Cars that have reached 20 years of age but have yet to reach 45 years old are considered “classics”. Cars that were produced in the early 2000s are already considered classic cars.

Historic – Historic and antique vehicles have similarities when it comes to age.

Show Car – Sometimes referred to as “dream cars”, these are cars produced by manufacturers or private owners specifically to display at car shows or related events.

Exotic – Exotic cars can be wide-ranging and a bit subjective. They are generally considered extraordinary, exceptional, and likely rare. Exotic cars are usually unique and/or distinctive. While “exotic” doesn’t necessarily mean expensive, many exotic cars are costly. Exotic cars are often produced in a foreign country and may rarely be seen on local roads or highways.

Collectible Cars – People may collect cars due to their make or model, or even because of memories they bring back from a time gone by. What can make cars collectible is how rare they are, the condition they are in, and the likelihood they will continue to increase in value in the future. Collectible cars are either in exceptional condition or restored to the point where their value exceeds that of a similar car of the same make and model.

Muscle Cars – While there have been many discussions and debates regarding the exact definition of a muscle car, it is generally used to describe an American made, 2-door coupe with powerful engines.

Super-Cars – A super-car is a high performance sports car that has extraordinary acceleration and usually 200mph-plus top speeds. They are usually produced in somewhat limited runs and are often priced in excess of $250,000.

Standard production cars can easily be insured, however, some unique vehicles above will take specific policies or riders to be adequately protected. We can help. Contact one of our independent insurance agents to discuss your car, its value, and the appropriate protection. We look forward to assisting you.


Leave a Comment

What You May Not Know About Walt Disney

May 27, 2022

The Power of Personal Bests

May 26, 2022

What Are The Odds?

May 25, 2022

The Things That Protect You When Driving

May 24, 2022

All About Pets

May 23, 2022

The Midwest’s Playground: Wisconsin Dells

May 20, 2022

How to Handle Requests for Donations

May 19, 2022

Discovering More About The World Around Us

May 18, 2022

Songs About Cars

May 17, 2022

Nine Inexpensive Tips To Get Your Home Ready to Sell

May 16, 2022

Tools We Don’t Seem to Use In Business Anymore

May 12, 2022

Discovering Your Child’s Hidden Talents

May 11, 2022

Cities in the US With The Best Public Transportation Systems

May 10, 2022

Should You Buy or Should You Rent?

May 9, 2022

All About Banks

May 6, 2022

Simple Steps to Better Advertising

May 5, 2022

Six Things About Your Own Body You May Not Know

May 4, 2022

Collectible Cars: The 1978 Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car

May 3, 2022

Refinancing? Review Your Homeowners Insurance

May 2, 2022

The Secret Life of the Shopping Cart

April 29, 2022

Staying Within Budget with Minimal Risk

April 28, 2022

Tips for Staying Mentally Fit

April 27, 2022

What Cars No Longer Have

April 26, 2022

What’s Behind Red Doors?

April 25, 2022

What You May (Or May Not) Know About Major League Sports Team Names

April 22, 2022

How Business Insurance Can Help Your Company From Going Bankrupt

April 21, 2022

How Are You Feeling?

April 20, 2022

How Cars Depreciate

April 19, 2022

Increasing Rents: A Closer Look

April 18, 2022

“Sing My Name, Sing My Name”: First Names in Music

April 15, 2022

What is a “Small” Business?

April 14, 2022

Decreasing Term Insurance

April 13, 2022

Five Things Your Teen Likely Won’t Learn Through Drivers’ Education

April 12, 2022

The Explosion of Home Delivery Services

April 11, 2022

Places in the United States People Move to for the Weather

April 8, 2022

The  Business Hall of Fame

April 7, 2022

How Travel Enhances Life

April 6, 2022

Getting Your Car Insurance Rates on Track

April 5, 2022

Home Improvements That Provide the Best ROI

April 4, 2022

Famous Vegetarians Throughout History

April 1, 2022

Nobody Needs a Drill Bit

March 31, 2022

The Quality of Sleep and The Quality of Life

March 30, 2022

The Dangers of Minimum Automobile Insurance Coverage

March 29, 2022

Dog Etiquette for Homeowners

March 28, 2022

Some of the Most Populated Cities in the World

March 25, 2022

Whatever Happened To…: Business Edition

March 24, 2022

Popular Nicknames for Grandparents

March 23, 2022

The Unique Lasting Attraction of The Bubble Car

March 22, 2022

The Unseen Value of New Windows for Your Home

March 21, 2022

Imagine a World Without Washers and Dryers

March 18, 2022

Stories of Accidental Discoveries

March 17, 2022

Why NOW Is the Best Time to Secure Your Life Insurance Plan

March 16, 2022

Where Are The Flying Cars?

March 15, 2022

Home Wiring Basics

March 14, 2022


March 11, 2022

The Value of a Brand Name in Business

March 10, 2022

Inflation and Life Insurance

March 9, 2022

Could You Be Driving on a Suspended License and Not Know It?

March 8, 2022

Trees, Fences, Dogs and Trampolines: Common Homeowners’ Insurance Questions

March 7, 2022


March 4, 2022

Contact Us



Have A Question?

We have an answer. Call us at 719-444-4545

1212 Motor City Drive Colorado Springs, Colorado 80905


© Copyright 2022 MT. CARMEL INSURANCE AGENCY, LLC  |   All Rights Reserved
Site by ICA Agency Alliance

1212 Motor City Drive Colorado Springs, Colorado 80905

© Copyright 2022 MT. CARMEL INSURANCE AGENCY, LLC  |   All Rights Reserved
Site by ICA Agency Alliance