Vintage Cars for Sale

Buying Vintage Cars

Searching for vintage cars is now an enjoyable pastime, as an online marketplace, Classic Cars HQ brings a large range of classic and vintage cars to market under one roof . Everyone has already experienced the following scenario: you’ve seen a collector car or a classic car, read about the car, rummaged in grandmother’s photo album, you recall a certain car and a little after you look on the internet, if there is this kind of classic car for sale, what will cost and who has it?

“What about servicing, insurance and vintage car parts?” Classic Cars HQ has commentary and information on the various companies that can help keep your car in pristine condition (and road legal!).

So dive into a very modern way to find a oldtimer vintage car and if you want a particular car why not list your car under our Wanted section.

So you want to know more about Vintage Cars?

Vintage cars are all the rage over UK and US roads alike, but more often than not, you’ll discover that vintage cars are getting harder to find even among the classic and vintage cars communities. Modern cars just aren’t made like they used to be; all you have to do to see evidence of that is to look through our classic and vintage cars classifieds where cars made generations ago have a certain style and flair you don’t see any more.

Doesn’t Vintage Mean Classic?

If you’re new to the classic and vintage cars community you’re probably wondering what the difference or distinction of vintage car means. Aren’t vintage cars just classic cars? Is a vintage car just a different label for a classic car.

Yes. And no.

Vintage cars are classic cars made between 1919 and 1930. These cars don’t qualify as simply classic because they are on the cusp between classic and antique. With a vintage car you’re getting a car that was designed and manufactured long before fuel injection and seat belts, which weren’t added to cars, as a regular feature, until the 1960s. Before then, you’d take a ride in your car and pray you didn’t smash head-on with another car on the road. Style before safety, eh?

During the vintage car era we were introduced to four-wheel braking, power steering and an octane rating for fuel. We were also introduced to mass production in post-war factories where they couldn’t churn out cars fast enough to meet the need. Everyone wanted a car because the war was over, prosperity was returning and the road systems were getting an overhaul.

Now, everyone owns one to two cars and they aren’t too particular about how the car looks as long as it runs. That’s not how cars used to be, and since you’re here on our site, you agree with us.

The Categories of Vintage Cars

Collectors and investors alike are very interested in a vintage car’s condition, and to meet this information need, a condition category system was created. There are six categories buyers and sellers use to rate the condition of the vintage car. Each car earns between 40 and 100 points

To collectors and investors, a vehicle’s condition rating is important, and there are two systems, the category and the points system. The category system has six categories used to rate the condition of a vehicle. The points system assigns points from 10 to 100 (ten being the worst and 100 being mint).

These categories, from worst to best, are:

  • 10 to 19 points – Parts Car – only good for scraping and selling the parts. Not operational.
  • 20 to 29 points – Partial – requires extensive and detailed restoration to become operational. Either sold for scrap and parts or put in the time, effort and money to fully restore. This car would take a lot of time to restore.
  • 30 to 39 points – Restorable – requires motor, body, chassis and/or interior restoration. This category of vintage car would be somewhat complete but would need parts. It would take effort and money, but once complete it would be worth the time to bring back the quality and beauty of the car.
  • 40 to 49 points – Driver, Category 6 – this car needs some work but can be driven as is.
  • 50 to 59 points – Good, Category 5 – this car will have wear, will need some minor restoration work, but will have no major issues.
  • 60 to 69 points – Very Good, Category 4 – in complete, original condition. Mostly likely well-maintained by the owner.
  • 70 to 79 points – Fine, Category 3 – these are show quality cars in original condition with minimal wear.
  • 80 to 89 points – Excellent, Category 2 – this car is in excellent original condition, often times in a better condition than the day they came off the factory floor.
  • 90 to 100 points – Perfect, Category 1 – vehicle is as good or in better condition than the day it was made.

If you’d like to learn more about the vintage car condition rating system, contact us or ask a vintage car enthusiast in our community on the website or on Facebook.

Finding Your Vintage Car

If you already own a vintage car and would like to add to your collection, or if you’re looking for your first vintage car project, visit our classic cars for sale section. You’ll find Cadillac and Ford, Chevrolet and Studebaker, Wolseley and Rolls-Royce, and if you can’t find what you’re looking for post an advert in our Cars Wanted section.

To use our Cars for Sale feature, just input the make, model, year, transmission type, and price and you’ll be presented with a list of cars that may meet your needs. If you have any questions about how to use our classifieds section, contact us.

Rusty but Beautiful

If you’ve recently discovered a vintage car wasting away in your barn or old garage, you should consider listing it in our Barn Finds section. If you’d like to give restoring it yourself a go, you can discuss the process with other vintage and classic car restoration enthusiasts to learn the best way to move forward with your restoration project. There is always someone looking for the next project, and you just might have what they want or need—right in your old barn. See above for information on condition categories.

The Vintage Car Community

One of the many things that set Classic Cars HQ apart from other online classic cars sites is our growing and deeply involved classic and vintage cars community members. At more than 30,000 active members on Facebook alone, you’re never at a loss for information or companionship in the classic cars world. Have a question? Looking for a vintage car to buy? Have a vintage car you’d like to sell and want to gauge interest? Have a bit of interesting classic or vintage cars news you’d like to share? Well, our Facebook page and website forum are the perfect place to reach out, ask questions, and network with thousands of other vintage and classic car lovers.

Join our community and get the most out of our love for vintage and classic cars.

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