Classification List of Vehicles
Taken from the SAVVA website, this helps all collectible car owners to classify their vehicles correctly. Antique, Vintage and Classic cars have subtle but important differences, and the terms shouldn’t be used interchangeably.
Ancestor – Built prior to December 31, 1904
Veteran – Built between January 1905 & December 31, 1918
Generally the above classes are rallied together under the banner of Veteran
Vintage – Built between January 1919 & December 31, 1930
Post Vintage – Built between January 1931 & December 31, 1945
Post War – Built between January 1946 & December 31, 1960
Post 60 Built between January 1961 & December 31, 1970
Post 70 Built between January 1971 & the SAVVA age Limit as defined in the Constitution.
What’s not mentioned on the SAVVA website, is that Class D to G is also referred to as Classic cars in most cases. Oldtimers is another term that’s been used for years on categories E to G. At the other side if the spectrum, a new term has surfaced lately called “Youngtimers”. According to the Urban Dictionary, Youngtimers has the following meaning: “A common term used in Germanic car culture, a Youngtimer is a well kept car that is of the age between 20-30 years old. These are usually future classics/limited production imports to foreign countries, most commonly associated with European built vehicles.”
Unlike an Oldtimer car of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, Youngtimers often attract those who grew up with these cars new on the road between the 80’s and 90’s.