Why are classic cars so special?

When you consider the performance, quality, and reliability of modern cars, understanding the love people still have for the old classics may be difficult. But at the same time, there’s no denying that such cars are still very popular. And even to this very day, they have many fans willing to spend a lot of money on classic car restoration projects. So what is it about the classics that makes them so special? What makes them stand out in the crowd of the faster and newer models?

Impeccable design

You can easily recognize a classic car simply by looking at it because one of the best things about such vehicles is their beautiful design. Such cars were designed and produced at the time when computer design software wasn’t available yet. The designers working on them had only their knowledge, talent, and experience to help them create something that will be both unique and functional. It’s also worth remembering that back in the day, not only the whole manufacturing process looked completely different, but the safety regulations weren’t so restrictive. In short, designers had more creative freedom, and that’s what makes such projects completely different from modern ones.


Systems that can be found in modern cars are all very advanced and rely heavily on electronics. This makes it very complicated for anyone without professional tools and knowledge about the inner workings of such a system. But you won’t come across such issues when dealing with the classics. There are no computers, no added features, and no functions that make driving easier, but at the same time, that’s exactly what makes working on such cars so enjoyable. You can easily start your own DIY project and restore your old car, something that simply wouldn’t be possible with a more modern vehicle for someone without experience.


Driving a car and driving a classic car are two completely different things. Once you find yourself in front of the steering wheel, without the support of all those advanced systems that help you on the road every day, everything comes down to your own skills as a driver. This makes the whole experience of being on the road incredibly rewarding and satisfying. But it also means that your own safety depends entirely on your abilities because there are no driver aids to help you when you make a mistake. You can use this opportunity as a practice, and in effect, become a better driver since you have no other way than to hone your skills in order to gain better control of the car.


When does a car turn into a classic? We don’t consider every old car as a part of this category, after all. In fact, many of them weren’t really that special, and some of them were so bad that no one is even remotely considering wasting money on their restoration. But when you combine incredible design, reliable engine, great performance and a bit of history, you get a car that isn’t going to lose its appeal for many years to come. The most valuable cars are the ones that have a story to tell, those that bring back memories and make you feel nostalgic.

A car doesn’t simply become a classic thanks to the passing time, it needs to gain popularity and recognition first. What makes classic cars so coveted is their history and exclusiveness. At the end of the day, you don’t love such a car because it is special, you love it because driving it makes you feel special.


Will Hopstetter
Will is an automotive market enthusiast living in the United Kingdom. He holds a diverse background in automotive and enjoys utilizing that to produce insights into the inner workings of the industry.