What is a Classic Car?
Classic cars are typically vehicles manufactured in the 1990s or earlier (between 20 to 40 years old ), usually with historical significance and a lasting appeal that resonates across generations. As a timeless symbol of automotive history that evokes the charm of bygone eras, these vehicles captivate enthusiasts with their enduring design, craftsmanship, and cultural impact. Here are the 5 best selling models as of 2021:
- Ford Mustang (Third Generation) – 1982-1993
- Chevrolet Camaro (Third Generation) – 1982-1992
- Porsche 911 (Type 964) – 1989-1994
- BMW E30 M3 – 1986-1991
- Toyota Supra Mk4 – 1993-2002
Where can I find a classic car’s VIN?
- On the vehicle:
- Look through the windshield on the driver’s side, near the base of the windshield.
- Open the driver’s side door and check the door frame or door jamb area.
- Stamped on the engine block, usually on a flat surface.
- On the radiator support bracket or panel.
- On vehicle documents: Typically listed on the vehicle’s title or certificate of title, registration card, and some insurance documents.
What does a VIN reveal about a classic car?
This unique code is the key to unlocking the history of a classic car. For classic vehicles built since 1981, the VIN system embraces a standardized 17-character alphanumeric sequence, with the following sections:
|World Manufacturer Identifier (WMI)
||Manufacturer and location identification code.
|Vehicle Descriptor Section (VDS)
||Model, engine type, and body style details.
|Vehicle Identifier Section (VIS)
||Unique serial number indicating production sequence.
Here is one example with the corresponding VIN breakdown:
Chevrolet Corvette (C4, 1984-1996) –
WMI: 1G1 – Chevrolet, USA
VDS: YY07 – Corvette, 2-Door Coupe
VIS: E5110008 – Sequential Production Number
Using a classic car VIN decoder
, enthusiasts can unlock the vehicle’s story, verify its authenticity, and access valuable insights into its manufacturing specifics and journey over time.