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#1 andy159

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Posted 30 November 2017 - 02:50 PM

as title and also what makes a classic a classic?



#2 1984mini25

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Posted 30 November 2017 - 03:13 PM

The classic car insurance criteria – according to HMRC – all depends on the age and value of the car… A car has to be at least 15 years old to be deemed a classic car, and the value should be £15,000 or more.

 



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Posted 30 November 2017 - 04:55 PM

 

The classic car insurance criteria – according to HMRC – all depends on the age and value of the car… A car has to be at least 15 years old to be deemed a classic car, and the value should be £15,000 or more.

 

 

That would put the majority of Minis outside the classic  category, including my mk1. 



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Posted 30 November 2017 - 05:15 PM

Whats the value got to do with it?



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Posted 30 November 2017 - 06:16 PM

I've never heard value mentioned before, as an owner of the archetypal classic, a Morris Minor, rarely do they top 15k.

#6 robminibcy

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Posted 30 November 2017 - 06:40 PM

i thought it was generally accepted cars over 25 or cars with particular interest under 25 years (e.g mpi minis, Brazilian beetles/T2s, defenders.



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Posted 30 November 2017 - 08:20 PM

The term classic is widely used, I had a friend who said that for something to be a classic it had to be special, ground breaking or revolutionary in its day. In his view the Mini fitted this bill but an Austin Allegro (All aggro?) for example wouldn't.

 

Is a Rover 214 a classic, probably not but would a Rover 220 Tomcat be, probably yes.

 

I don't think age or value has anything to do with it, just my 10 pence though.



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Posted 30 November 2017 - 10:20 PM

Modern Classics magazine.......

"Celebrates the golden age of cars, bringing you the finest motors from the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. A time before overly assisted cars, numb handling and fake engine noises. We celebrate everything from hot hatches to supercars, nimble roadsters to Bahnstorming super-saloons and luxury GTs to the once-everyday family cars you grew up with. Each month we show you the joy of proper cars, how to buy them and the best ways to enjoy them."

https://www.moderncl...magazine.co.uk/

 

eg. Modern Classics magazine and Practical Classics mag both recently featured the early R50 & R53 MINI from 2001 as a modern/future classic car worth investing in while still available in good original condition and at quite cheap prices.


Edited by mab01uk, 30 November 2017 - 10:22 PM.


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Posted 30 November 2017 - 11:14 PM

My Minis (both 1964) are reasonably classed as classics by the insurance company, but is my 20-year-old Land Rover Discovery 300Tdi a classic?



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Posted 01 December 2017 - 12:51 AM

I think I'd argue value has everything to do with it. At the very least they have to have stopped depreciating as an indication that they are of more interest than as scrap metal.



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Posted 01 December 2017 - 09:10 AM

I think I'd argue value has everything to do with it. At the very least they have to have stopped depreciating as an indication that they are of more interest than as scrap metal.

Yeah that sounds good, 

I think a 998cc metro in brown or hearing aide beige is a classic car nowadays. Not to everyone's taste but a classic. Gotta be worth £600 with an mot thats £550 more than scrap.



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Posted 01 December 2017 - 11:35 AM

The term classic is widely used, I had a friend who said that for something to be a classic it had to be special, ground breaking or revolutionary in its day. In his view the Mini fitted this bill but an Austin Allegro (All aggro?) for example wouldn't.

 

Is a Rover 214 a classic, probably not but would a Rover 220 Tomcat be, probably yes.

 

I don't think age or value has anything to do with it, just my 10 pence though.

 

 

Probably the difference between A Classic Car (just old) and the car being A Classic (a revolutionary or interesting vehicle).

 

Just to add to the mix - When can you define the car as Vintage?


Edited by r3k1355, 01 December 2017 - 11:35 AM.


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Posted 01 December 2017 - 12:30 PM

Vintage used to be applied if they were eligible for the London to Brighton Veteran car run - I think it's cars built before 1905?



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Posted 01 December 2017 - 01:28 PM

That'd be veteran cars on the Veteran car run!

 

Vintage I'd say was 1905 - start of WW2, but I think some say only to 1930!

 

It's all very vague!



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Posted 01 December 2017 - 02:30 PM

Surely you can't have a fixed date, that doesn't make much sense?






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