veteran, vintage and classic

Veteran – generally means a car made up to and including December 1918, but this period is sometimes divided as follows:
pre-1905: veteran (UK) or antique (Ireland)
1905 – 1918: Edwardian (UK) or veteran (Ireland)
Only pre-1905 cars may take part in the famous annual London-Brighton run.

Vintage – a car made between 1919 and 1925, according to the Classic Car Club of America, but 1919-1930 in the UK, or sometimes between 1919 and World War 2 (1939). There was a decline in quality from 1930, so post-1930 cars do not officially qualify. These may be described as post-vintage thoroughbreds if they are of a high standard e.g. Rolls Royce.

Classic – a post-war car that is popular but no longer in production. In the UK, the government allows cars built before 1st January 1973 to be free of road tax.

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