Cars are a unique cultural feature, one that changed society in dramatic ways. First of all, they are more than transportation, they are an investment. Some cars retain their value very well, while others hemorrhage money the moment they are driven off the lot. The existence of cars dominates the landscape, with all roads built for them, and all traffic laws designed around them. Cars are beloved for their personalities the way pets are, but no one ever prized a 50year-old "classic horse". Perhaps most strikingly, some cars' industrial design reaches the level of art, with looks that endure for decades, inspiring imitation and admiration alike.
Yet classic cars can be polarizing. Classics from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s are regarded with affection, if not envy, by most collectors. Yet some collectors deride cars from eras like the 1980s or 1990s, or specific types of cars, like the exuberantly designed drop tops from the 1950s. Classic cars don't need to appeal to everyone, but they need to be understood as deserving respect by someone. Many of these cars are so iconic that owners forget that cars from certain eras, classics or not, retain common flaws that make driving a chore.
"Which classic car am I?" you may ask. Are you a 1970s muscle car or a 1930s racer? Are you a 1990s supercar or a 2000s hypercar? Are you a flashy icon of the 1980s, or an early example from the 1900s? Take this quiz, and find out.