Copart Classics: How We Define Classic Cars, And Some of Our Favorites

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Copart Classics features information on historic and modern classic cars available for auction.

What makes a car a classic? It seems every organization and enterprise has their own definition, so we wanted to kick off this blog series with what we consider a classic.

Some people define classics as any vehicle older than 25 years. This is the parameter our Vehicle Finder search tool uses. But for this series, we are going to define Classics as cars made between the 1910s and the 1970s that are of sufficient historical interest to be collectable and worth preserving or restoring rather than scrapping.

We’ll also highlight some modern classics. Modern classics are cars made after the 1970s that are hallmarks of an era and its design sensibilities. Ex. Thomas Magnum’s Robin 1 Ferrari 308 GTS, Doc Brown’s Delorean, the 1994 Porsche 964 and the 1991 Nissan Skyline.

So now that we’ve defined what a classic is, here are some of our favorite classics that have recently graced our platform and made us drool just a bit.

1965 Ford Mustang

A Classic Red 1965 Ford Mustang Convertible

By any definition, a Mustang from the 1960s is a classic. It has been described as a sports coup with a short back and long front. It has been referred to as a faster horse. Originally, Ford thought it would sell around 100,000 Mustangs and call it done. The 10-millionth car sold in 2018.

It has a throaty engine with horsepower to spare, and those sleek lines are just plain sexy. The word “iconic” gets tossed around a lot these days, but a candy apple red 1965 Ford Mustang with standard transmission and a roaring V8 deserves the title. This one needs a little work on the back end, but is so deserving of restoration. If you miss this one, you can set up a Vehicle Alert, and we’ll text and/or email you the next time one of these babies has a chance to be yours. .

1941 Lincoln Continental

A Classy Black 1941 Lincoln Continental

The Lincoln Continental was the first of a new automotive segment, the personal luxury car. The designs focused on comfort and style over performance and handling. The trim dates back to the 1930s and grew directly out of a prototype luxury car built for Edsel Ford.

This 1941 model represents the first generation of the Continental. This baby fetches a premium price because it has less than 23,000 miles on it. We’re pretty sure whoever buys this one will add a few more miles rolling down the streets of LA, turning heads.

1971 Volkswagen Beetle

A Banana Yellow 1971 Volkswagen Beetle.

The Beetle was meant to be an affordable car for the masses and a symbol of the return of German manufacturing might. Decades later, it would become a hallmark of the counterculture crusaders who needed affordable transportation.

This particular model has a rag top for beach trips and general cruising down the streets of Atlanta. It’s a great opportunity to release your inner hippie, beach bum, or just retro fan.

1969 Chevrolet Camaro

A Classic Blue 1969 Chevy Camaro with White Racing Stripes

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. The Chevy Camaro was GM’s answer to the success of the Ford Mustang. As a direct competitor, the Camaro was dubbed a pony car and a muscle car by fans.

This 1969 model on our Knoxville location comes from the last year they made the first generation of Camaros. It features low milage, a restored 350 cc engine, and enough horsepower and engine noise to make the pulse race. The Ford Mustang was heavily influenced by the World War II fighter aircraft. Take a look at the gear shifter on this Camaro, and you can see the influence of the jet and rocket age.

1959 Cadillac Series 62

A White 1959 Cadillac Series 62 With Proper-Sized Tail Fins

Since 1902, Cadillac has stood for luxury automobiles. It’s one of the first car companies, and was named after Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, the founder of Detroit. To drive a Cadillac is to drive with class, and this 1959 Series 62 exudes it. The model isn’t named after a year, it’s instead the middle line of the Cadillac lineup of the era, above the entry level, but more affordable than the tippy top of the line.

We are of the opinion that the one thing a classic Cadillac must have are tail fins. We love how this model has the classic wings with big organic curves.

If you win this auction and need a driver for the evening, we know a few folks who would happily volunteer.

Stay Tuned for More Classic Cars

This article is the first in an ongoing series highlighting the amazing classic and modern classic cars that come up for auction at In each installment we’ll share a some history and interesting facts about these marvelous machines. If you are a member, be sure to keep checking in your in box and back to this blog for more If you aren’t a member, or know someone who should be, be sure to Register to start bidding on classics yourself..

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