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Classic and Vintage Cars

Updated on February 9, 2018

Classic Cars For Pleasure and Gifts

Classic and vintage cars have proven to be great investments and good for pleasure plus being passionate presents. This lens explains the history and fun they provide.

Who does not like the lines and look of a classic car? Perhaps you know someone who would like one and is searching for the exact car for a purpose, or you may want it for yourself. Whatever the case you will probably get pleasure from reading this lens. To own such a vehicle is like having a wonderful painting or enjoying an opera in that the lines are memorable, the colors fantastic, the smell unique and the drive in it is unforgettable. Who do you know that is longing to have one in his driveway or is even more keen to restore one from scratch. Knowing the amount of work ahead of him he may just prefer to have one delivered to his door and this lens will help you to find one for him.

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Classic Car Models

Date of Manufacture

For those who may not know it a classic car is simply an older car that has gone out of manufacture, probably some time ago. It could be of any age but the traditional vintage label applies to cars built between the end of World War 1 and the start of World War 2, but officially as between 1919 to 1930.

There are hundreds of models of classic cars around the world and many are still stored in old sheds or even barns to be uncovered, treasured and restored by the enthusiast lucky enough to come across one. Many have been reproduced into great examples of the original with fine workmanship and a new production.

The value of an original find can be extremely high, occasionally getting into the 6 figure mark. That makes any old car in reasonable condition a sound investment. The very best of them are now extrmely rare making an original even more valuable. They are great treasures for some as this lens shows.

Many a classic was built during the Second World War or just after and the lines of them are rather heavy and more square than their later models that arrived when streamlining and speed were essential factors. The 2 pictured are typical of European models and this photo was taken in Milan, Italy, during a rally in 2009.

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Classic Car Rallies

Its Dress Up Time

You see them every now and again driving in a steady stream down major highways or through your local town or village. The drivers invariably dress for the part with berets and special coats or gear that spells out the period in which the car was manufactured.

The pride they display when interest is shown by those who group around a car and admire its shape and beauty is something to see. One would think they had given birth to it, and in a sense some have. They probably took it from some old shed when it was full of rust and rats and lovingly brought it back to life. This is a hobby with many an enthusiast.

Of course the ladies also take pride in the vehicles and they may dress up and some of their costumes are as interesting as the cars themselves. They fit right in as it would have been mainly husbands and wives in the days of their early marriage who would have owned them in the first place.

But some classic cars are raced and this is probably the best thing for owners prepared to take the risk. Its another way of displaying their pride and joy to the world while engaging in some friendly competition. Of course they don't do donuts or wheelies. Neither the cars nor the owners are up to that kind of thing for the most part.

A Great Hobby

For Both Partners

While tinkering all night in the garage might not sound romantic many a husband and wife team does just that. The wife is as involved and keen on the outcome of perfecting the car as her partner and takes great pride in her role as assistant. There is a lot of detailing required on all cars and women are probably more into the refining of the interior than the engine. So there is a role for both.

Children also love to be involved in their parents' hobbies and often will follow in their footsteps later in life. As a family, the vintage and classic car owners are often seen picnicking on river banks and in great seaside locations just about every weekend. There is no doubt that the pleasure of driving leisurely in the country side and enjoying the thrill of 'real' motoring, as it used to be known, is making a comeback. That's if it ever faded from popularity in the first place.

There are hundreds of movies made on the subject as well. They never stop thrilling their audiences in either the comic or dramatic scenes in which they are involved.

What do you think of Classic cars?

Would you like to own one

History of Cars Part A

Steam Era - information provided by Classic Cars Global

Steam Era (1700's - 1900)

"Steam-powered self-propelled vehicles were devised in the late 17th century. A Flemish priest, Ferdinand Verbiest, was thought to have demonstrated in 1678 a small (24 inch / 61 cm long) steam 'car' to the Chinese emperor, yet there is no solid evidence for this event.

Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot demonstrated his fardier vapeur, an experimental steam-driven artillery tractor in 1770 and 1771. Cugnot's design proved to be impractical and his invention was not developed in his native France - the centre of innovation then passed over to the United Kingdom. By 1784 William Murdoch had built a working model of a steam carriage in Redruth, and in 1801 Richard Trevithick was running a full-sized vehicle on the road in Camborne.

Walter Hancock the builder and operator of London steam buses, in 1838 built a four-seat steam phaeton. Also in 1838, Scotsman Robert Davidson built an electric locomotive that attained a speed of four miles (6 km) an hour. In England a patent was granted in 1840 for the use of rails as conductors of electric current, and similar American patents were issued to Lilley and Colten in 1847. Between 1832 and 1839 (the exact year is uncertain), Robert Anderson of Scotland invented the first crude electric carriage, powered by non-rechargeable primary cells."

History of Cars Part B

Veteran Era - information provided by Classic Cars Global

Veteran Era (1888 - 1904)

"The first production of automobiles was by Karl Benz in 1888 in Germany and under license to Benz, in France by Emile Roger. By 1900 mass production of automobiles had begun in France and the United States. The first company to form exclusively to build automobiles was Panhard et Levassor in France. Formed in 1889, they were quickly followed by Peugeot two years later. In the United States, brothers Charles and Frank Duryea founded the Duryea Motor Wagon Company in 1893, becoming the first American automobile manufacturing company. However, it was Ransom E. Olds, and his Olds Motor Vehicle Company (later known as Oldsmobile) who would dominate this era of automobile production. Its large scale production line was running in 1902. Within a year, Cadillac, Winton, and Ford were producing cars in the thousands (formed from the Henry Ford Company).

"Within a few years dizzying assortments of technologies were being produced by hundreds of producers all over the western world. Steam, electricity, and gasoline-powered autos competed for decades, with gasoline internal combustion engines achieving dominance in the 1910s. Dual and even quad-engine cars were designed, and engine displacement ranged to more than a dozen liters. Many modern advances, including gas / electric hybrids, multi-valve engines, overhead camshafts, and four-wheel drive, were attempted and discarded at this time."

In 1895 a patent was granted to a USA manufacturer, Sheldon, but it may have hindered the industry in that country rather than helped it. By granting a license to successive car manufacturers afterward he collected a fee on every car produced. Well, that was probably a good business outcome for him.

There were great handicaps to motoring in those times. The roads were bad, fuel was scarce, breakdowns were frequent, and the noise of a horseless carriage frightened the hacks pulling buggies around.

Restoring one of these vehicles is fraught with difficulties. Parts are not available and usually must be hand made or located with great effort. But that has not stopped collectors from coveting them and many are restored to their former glory. At one stage there were over a thousand manufacturers in the USA alone making the task even harder.

The picture above is of a Chrysler Race Car Vintage modelthat is a replica of the original. Built more than 50 years ago it is for sale in Uruguay and can be transported to any country

History of Cars part C

Antique or Brass - information provided by Vlassic Cars Global

Antique or Brass Era (1905 - 1914)

"The antique or brass era lasted from roughly 1905 through to the beginning of World War I in 1914. This era saw the first mass produced vehicles with gasoline engines, immortalized by Henry Ford's model T. The brass era was named for the widespread use of the fancy brass fittings and brass lanterns that adorned the new 'horseless carriage'.1905 was a signal year in the development of the automobile, marking the point when the majority of sales shifted from the hobbyist and enthusiast to the average user. Brass began to be phased out about 1914 in favor of nickel, which was eventually abandoned in favor of chrome.

Within the 15 years of this era, the various experimental designs and alternate power systems would be marginalized. Steam power proved too cumbersome and electric motors were limited by battery technology (as they still are today), but gasoline was cheap and plentiful, encouraging both two-stroke and four-stroke development."

Far from luxurious these vehicles were mainly owned by the rich. With no doors, windscreen wipers or heaters and with the inconvenience of headlights lit by a match, they must have been an encumbrance to drive around. The engine was started with a crank and in wet and windy weather it was a real horror.

My grandmother bought a car of a later type in which we motored many a happy mile. But by that time they were second hand and almost giveaways as the newer more streamlined limousines came into being. The one she purchased had doors but it started only with a crank and was very high off the ground. It had a running board on either side of the vehicle on which you first stepped to enter it. As a teenager I also had great fun as with some friends we motored around Sydney in a similar vehicle, usually laughing our head off and freezing in the drafts coming through the perspex side windows, or blinds.

They made great jalopies for the young and it is probably in that context that most people would remember them. If not physically at least through movies and television shows. The were a real thrill and it is probably why the original owners flocked to get one. As they had never seen anything better they probably did not mind the inconveniences.

"The early Model T Ford revolutionized the automotive industry with the introduction of assembly-line production, which in turn made it possible for Ford to offer their car for sale at a much more affordable price. Prior to the introduction of the Model T, automobiles were built by hand, one at a time, and usually sold for anywhere from twice the average worker's salary to several times that amount."

Photo top right is of a 1928 Sunbeam Sixteen Tourer available now from South Australia. It is remarkably similar to the one my grandmother bought.

History of Cars Part D

Vintage Era 1919-1929 - Information provided by Classic Cars Global

Vintage Era (1919 - 1929)

"A vintage car is usually defined as built between the start of 1919 and through to the stock market crash at the end of 1929. There is some debate about the start date of the Vintage period-the end of World War I is a nicely defined marker there-but the end date is a matter of a little more debate.

While some American sources prefer 1925 since it is the pre-classic car period as defined by the Classic Car Club of America, the British definition is strict about 1930 being the cut-off. Others see the Classic period as overlapping the Vintage period, especially since the Vintage designation covers all vehicles produced in the period while the official Classic definition does not, only including high-end vehicles of the period. Some consider the start of World War II to be the end date of the Vintage period.

After the war, military plants were quick to retool for automobile production and the lack of government regulations for safety, the environment or employees gave it a sense of the wild Wild West. Industrial accidents were all too common and compensation was at the discretion of the employer. As such there were no vehicle requirements like windshields, doors, lights, turn signals or seat belts."

It was after the war that some famous name automobile manufactures started producing their innovative designs. Henry Ford started it with his assembly line production of the T Model Ford. As cars increased in popularity tarred roads were built by governments throughout the various countries. In Australia, however, as in many other nations, dirt roads were to persist in most places until well after the Second World War. They were gradually replaced as money allowed and even today there are many secondary roads that will not be tarred for some time. Still they are pleasant enough to drive on.

The other major factor in the success of the motor vehicle at that time was the availability of gasoline. Thousands of oil wells were springing up in USA, Europe, Asia and elsewhere. Technology was catching up as well. and during the Second World War the motor vehicle was a major defense weapon. Its speed and ability got personnel around the countryside and to their ships or planes, and so on, with little effort. The motor vehicle proved a godsend in many ways and every major nation was now heavily involved in motor vehicle production and ownership.

By that time as well as powering ground based vehicles the petrol engine was flying planes, driving boats, powering ships and allowing tanks and other such things to be manufactured. Steam was on the way out as diesel gradually replaced it.

If those early pioneers had not persisted with their dreams none of those innovations would have been possible.

Pictured top right is an origial 1964 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloudin immaculate condition, 2 tone and original tool kit included. Only 2555 were produced.

Still images from Dreamstime - click here

Joke Time

To make you laugh

The driver of an old T Model Ford had breakdown problems on a busy highway. A thoughtful Porsche driver stopped to give assistance. When they could not get the vehicle to start he offered to tow it to the nearest town, some 40 kms away.

No sooner were they in motion when the latest sports car, with all its flashy dooda's flew past tooting its horn like mad at the slow pace of the Porsche. Not to be outdone the driver of the latter instantly hit the accelerator in an effort to catch up and perhaps pass it. With the increased speed the driver in the Ford was somewhat frantic and decided he had had enough. So he blew his horn repeatedly to the driver of the towing vehicle to slow down. "Hooonk, hoonk, hoonk" the old horn was echoing his frustration.

As they flew up the highway they passed a traffic cop on the side of the road. He scratched his head and immediately radioed for assistance. "You won't believe this" he said to the operator. I just witnessed a sports car doing about 200 kilometers per hour with a Porsche in hot pursuit and an old guy in a T Model Ford blowing his horn like mad trying to pass them. You better send a squad out to catch them.

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      5 years ago from Canada

      Would you believe I actually love old trucks? I think they're affordable (as antique vehicles go) and practical. Last summer we saw a old-fashioned professional gardener in a really old truck. Suited him and his job perfectly.

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      Aladdins Cave 

      5 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Great lens. Thank you. But Squidoo is broken. I tried to leave opinion up above and take a side, but the post button not working. Very frustrating. Anyway Love Studebakers. 1956 BMW 501 V6 and V8 models. Mercedes 600 and the International Harvester AB 120 4x4 series.

      Cheers from DOWNUNDER

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      Aladdins Cave 

      5 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Love old cars. When I drove a 4x4 from Melbourne to Stuttgart back in 69, we went via India.

      I was very lucky then, to meet a man that owned a Hispano-Suiza. Now that was something.

      But today, I wish I could afford to restore a IH AB1204x4. That would be a dream come true.

      Cheers from DOWNUNDER

    • norma-holt profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @anonymous: They never lose their appeal, do they? My parents owned a car that had perspex for windows that wound up and down.and a running board on the sides. It ran like a tank compared to today's versions..

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      6 years ago

      Very, very cool lens. Love those older cars. Closest I ever came to owning a classic was a '53 Ford. Wasn't exactly mint but it sure was fun to drive.

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      6 years ago

      Well, Classic car always remain classic for all time. Great lens!

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      Birthday Wishes 

      6 years ago from Here

      Amazing lens! Very nice topic and you must have done a lot of research...

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      6 years ago from Montreal

      Cool cars and a well made lens, blessed!

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      7 years ago

      These cars are part of our history.

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      7 years ago

      Stopped by to see these classics again, and see the blessing needed to be freshened up. I posted this on FaceBook too. :)

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      7 years ago

      I'm a fan of classic cars.

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      Miha Gasper 

      7 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      Beautiful lens with a lot useful info for car owners and romantics... Thumbs up!

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      7 years ago

      Excellent lens. Thanks very much for featuring my Fiat 500 and Ferrari 308 lenses.

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      7 years ago

      Very cool lens...Love these cars! ~d-artist Squid Angel Blessing~

      I'm wanting to do a lens on my son-in-laws collection of Mustangs he has restored.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      We have a friend who collects old cars and goes to lots of car shoes. He really has some great ones and I enjoyed reading about Classic and Vintage Cars here.

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      Chuck Nelson 

      7 years ago from California

      A fun and interesting lens.

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      7 years ago

      I realy enjoy reading your lens! Thanks for sharing thumbs up

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      7 years ago

      Great lens. I am a big fan of classic cars and have owned quite a few.

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      7 years ago

      Very nice, you know a lot about the classic cars. This must have been a lot fun for you to create this lens. I love the old cars, and have owned many. ~ Blessed!

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      7 years ago

      I love the look of the classic cars but I woud not want to drive one everyday. They use a lot of gas and I really like my air conditioning.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Blessed! Please add this to the plexo on my New Year 2012 Blessings and Zazzle lens. You can find in listed on my profile page.

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      goo2eyes lm 

      7 years ago

      the problem with vintage cars is that it drinks a lot of gas.

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      7 years ago

      Love the old cars...great lens

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      Mary Norton 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      We happened to stop by a car museum this Christmas holiday in a vineyard in the Western Cape, South Africa and my husband told them to forget the wine...just stay with cars. The visitors were there for the cars. It was the second biggest collection in the world.

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      Faye Rutledge 

      7 years ago from Concord VA

      Great lens. We have a 55 Studebaker...if you're inerested, check out the lens I made about it. :)

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      7 years ago from Florida

      Very informative lens!

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      whiteskyline lm 

      7 years ago

      Thank you so much :) This is a great page, I LOVE cars!!! My dream is to own one of the cars they have down under that aren't over here, aside the new version.

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      7 years ago

      Go European give me an e-type any day wow what a beautiful car just point me at the road and start her up...

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      7 years ago

      Fun lens.. THUMBS UP!!

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      7 years ago

      Old and vintage cars are such a big part of our history. Thanks for the background info.

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      7 years ago from East Central Florida

      Nice lens. Loved the funny story, too.

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      staciewalker lm 

      7 years ago

      This is a great lens. You have so much interesting content to read through. Thanks for sharing.


      Stacie Walker

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      Laraine Sims 

      8 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Wonderful lens! It was like going to a car show.

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      whiteskyline lm 

      8 years ago

      I just love car period :) You can't go wrong with me here. Classics have such character!

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      8 years ago

      I own a classic Lada one that is a Fiat 124 with several modifications for cold weather

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      8 years ago

      Interesting lens. Thanks for sharing.

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      8 years ago

      Love the lens! My boyfie is really into cars and vintage ones! I know, he too, would love to see this post! Thanks for informing me about it.

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      8 years ago

      I love the vintage styles cars, reminds me of the golden age and traditions.

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      akumar46 lm 

      8 years ago

      Classic cars are really beautiful.

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      8 years ago

      I really enjoyed your lens. I'm right into classic and vintage cars myself.

      Classic Auto Trader

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      8 years ago

      Now that joke was a great way to end, just leave them laughing! Very well done!

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      8 years ago

      Came back to lens roll this to my vintage gas station signs lens. I love the classics.

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      8 years ago

      My son is a classic car nut. He has owned a couple of real beauts. Very nice, and informative lens.

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      sorana lm 

      8 years ago

      Awsome lens. For some reason they look so classy to me.

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      8 years ago

      So wonderful vintage and classic cars lens .. dear lovely Norma :) I love them all. 5 stars for you. Have a wonderful times :)

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      8 years ago

      thumbs up lens

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      8 years ago

      Be still my heart...

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      Tony Payne 

      8 years ago from Southampton, UK

      This is a brilliant lens. Featured on my One Hundred Years Ago lens and Blessed.

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      8 years ago

      Nothing can ever compete with a classic car. Though my business concerns elegant cars giving service to VIPs and common people to make their journey smooth and safe, still my passion for classic cars can never die. Thanks for providing such nice pictures.

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      8 years ago

      Love it, thanks for the great pictures of some great classics.

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      8 years ago

      great lens, great picture and interesting informations

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      Mrmakingusmile LM 

      8 years ago

      Nice pics. Thanks for making me smile.

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      8 years ago

      Nicely done!

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      8 years ago

      Great lens. I am a real car nut and especially like the older cars.

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      8 years ago

      When I was a kid, my father has a Cadillac. It was fantastic. Nice lens. Congratulations.

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      9 years ago from Montreal

      Funny, I had a 1966 had a 280 ci engine so I did a conversion for comparison, thats 4588 cc hehe!

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      9 years ago

      I've never owned a classic car. My first car was a 1966 850cc Mini. If readers like old cars they might like to check out London to Brighton Veteran Car Rally.

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      Virginia Allain 

      9 years ago from Central Florida

      Quite interesting. I'm lensrolling it to My Little Rambler lens and to Vintage Cars from the Family Album lens.

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      Carol Fisher 

      9 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      Very interesting and well illustrated lens. Blessed by an Angel.

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      Spook LM 

      9 years ago

      My dad in law loves banging around with old cars especially Jags. I'm curious as to why you have it in shopping and not cars and trucks. Nevertheless. Blessed by an Angel.

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      9 years ago

      Love the lens! I've seen this cars and didn't know what made them special. Thanks for informing me about it.

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      Rhonda Albom 

      9 years ago from New Zealand

      Great lens. Love the joke too. Blessed by a Squidoo Angel (if you want, you can add your link at Angel Blessings from Pukeko)

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      Bambi Watson 

      9 years ago

      Fun lens!

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      Susanna Duffy 

      9 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      If only I could afford one of these! Looks like I have to stick to my 1/43 scale models

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      9 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Wow - what beautiful cars! My dad would love if he could own one of these!

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      9 years ago

      fantastic lens. very informative for a cave woman like me. 5*****. my husband would drool when he sees this.

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      9 years ago

      Great lens, rolling to my Muscle Cars of the 1960's Era

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      capriliz lm 

      9 years ago

      For some reason, the classics are always interesting to see. We often go the special car shows that display the classics.

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      Beth Webster-Duerr 

      9 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      Excellent info for any car enthusiast! Lensrolled to 2 of my lens, 5 stars and fav.

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      oztoo lm 

      9 years ago

      Very nice lens. I just love those old classics.

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      9 years ago

      Cool lens, my brothers and dad would love any of these. They always go to all the 'classic car' shows' Nice work!


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