But what makes a car an antique? Depending on where you are located the official age of a vintage car is 45 years old in the States defined by the Antique Automobile Club of America. European counties will differ with that age. An antique car is one that is rarely driven, show in exhibitions and shows, and usually has some sort of original restoration to show the authenticity and age of the car.
What are the most valuable cars? Well it is hard to determine that. There are periods of car making that are more sought after due to their rareness than anything else. The Brass Era (Veteran and Edwardian eras in the UK) deals with any car made from the 1890s until 1918. This era was referred to as the Horseless carriage era. The cars still surviving from this period are rare in number and tend to fetch high prices because of the little exhibition time they are given and rarely seen in public. The Vintage era, a period from 1920 until 1930s, showed over 500 car companies by the beginning of the Great Depression. After 1929 only 60 survived and continuing twelve years later, less than 20 were in operation. Cars from this time, made by manufacturers out of business will, although not as rare in number, will fetch decent prices.
1920 Hudson Touring Limo.