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The wiki about Classic Cars that anyone can edit! Please refer to the Wiki Rules and the Image Guidelines before starting your editing.

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This wiki is dedicated to Classic Cars. Classic Cars are cars that are older than 25 years of age. This means in 2014, a classic car is one which was manufactured in or before 1989.

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Our Goal

Our goal is to make a concise guide to every car which is older than 25 years of age. This is because we regard a car which is this age as a classic (there is some disagreement towards what makes a classic car). We will be including cars from all countries. We also aim to provide information about the manufacturers who have contributed to the world of classic motoring.

If you would like to help by adding a photo or adding a page, please feel free to.

Please watch this space for all the latest wiki news!

Featured Article

The Wolseley Hornet was a car that was related to the Mini (British Leyland) and the Riley Elf. The Riley Elf and the Wolseley Hornet were built as more luxurious Minis. The styling was the first big difference with there longer rear wings and larger boots. They also had a traditional upright grill and larger hubcaps. The Hornet was the cheaper of the two and there were 28,455 Hornets built.

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Featured Manufacturer

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Jaguar Cars Limited is a luxury car manufacturer, originally based at Browns Lane, Coventry, England but now at Whitley, Coventry. It was founded as the Swallow Sidecar Company in 1922, changing to SS Cars Ltd in 1934, and finally becoming Jaguar Cars Ltd in 1945.

Jaguar has produced cars such as the legendary E-Type and the Mark II.

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We aim to provide a guide to all the TV shows and Movies in which Classic Cars star. Everything from the DeLorean DMC-12 in the Back to the Future trilogy to the Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet in The Hangover.

To visit our ever growing list please visit TV and Movies

Why we like Classic Cars

We like classic cars as they are quirky, different and bundles of fun! Many of them are cars which are familiar to us as they are the cars that many people had when they first learned to drive, or their parents owned whilst they were growing up. Classic cars hold a very sentimental lock on those they have touched simply because there is nothing quite like them on the roads today.

At the turn of the 20th century, most cars on the road were either electric or steam driven. The Internal Combustion Engine was a relatively new concept, but some mavericks were strapping bigger and bigger engines into their small cars, reaching incredible speeds for the time. It was only with the outbreak of the two world wars that really pushed the automotive industry along. Progression was driven by necessity, the engines were needed for tanks or aircraft and the military vehicles to ferry men around. Some cars were mass produced before the First World War such as the Ford Model T, but most were only available to the rich that could afford them.

After the Second World War, the car industry in took off producing cheaper cars in vast numbers. Most of these early cars can still be seen today. They are a lot harder to find than a more modern car but if you look hard enough you should be able to find one.

Classic cars are rarer than modern cars but have more passion and soul. Many of them were hand made and have been carefully looked after or restored by their owners.

Please help us expand the wiki by adding pages and photos of your favourite classic cars!

Recommended Books

Baldwin, Nick. A-Z of Cars of the 1920s. Bay View Books, 1998.

Dorling, Kindersley. The Car Book. Dorling Kindersley, 2011.

Dredge, Richard. 1001 Dream Cars. Parragon Book Service Limited, 2007

Lawrence, Mike. A to Z of Sports Cars, 1945-1990. MotorBooks International, 1996.

Lewis, Martin. A-Z of Cars of the 1980s. MBI Publishing Company LLC, 1998.

Robson, Graham. A to Z British Cars, 1945-1980. Herridge & Sons Limited, 2006.

Robson, Graham. A-Z of Cars of the 1970s. Herridge & Sons, Limited, 2010

Sedgwick, Michael. A-Z of Cars, 1945-1970. Herridge & Sons, Limited, 2010

Sedgwick, Michael & Gillies, Mark. A-Z of Cars of the 1930s. Herridge & Sons, Limited, 2010.

We hope that you find these suggestions useful.

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Gallery

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Want to know more about the racing history of some of the world's greatest saloon cars? Head to the BTCC Wiki to find out more about the cars, and the drivers that took them to victory.

We are now affiliated with the British Touring Car Championship Wiki.

Featured Image

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Motoring News

Aston Martin turns 100 during 2013.

Lamborghini turns 50 during 2013.

Mayor of Paris wants to ban cars over 17 years old from Paris

Renault launches new heritage website: http://en.renaultclassic.com/

To read any previous news please click here.

Facts

1. The first cars did not have steering wheels. Drivers steered with a lever.

2. The first speeding ticket was issued in 1902.

3. In 1916, 55 percent of the cars in the world were Model T Fords.

4. The first gas gauge appeared in cars in 1922.

5. The first car radio was invented in 1929.

6. In 1963 Ford nearly bought Ferrari but the deal fell through.

7. The automobile is the most recycled consumer product in the world today.

8. In 1914 a Ford Model T rolled of the line every 2 minutes.

9. In its 1st year the Volkswagen Beetle sold only 330 cars in the United States.

10 .The first Ford cars had Dodge engines.

We hope you enjoy these facts about cars and automotive history.

We hope you find these links useful.

Disclaimer

Please be aware that some of the information on this site is based on that from Wikipedia. We do add information to pages based on that from our own knowledge and that of what classic car owners and other people have told us. We do also write and add to pages with the help of online research.

We try our best to confirm that the information is correct. We upload our own photos from car shows, museums and other classic car events.

This site is still a working progress!


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