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begin_within Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 09:43 PM
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How long should something exist before it can be called "a classic?"
Anything cultural.
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HuskerDU Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 09:50 PM
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1. 20 years was always the standard for a car to be a 'classic.'
I think it's a good rule of thumb for most anything IMO.
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Fire Walk With Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 09:51 PM
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4. That's a good time for things like music, technology, and anything that is quickly changing.
Ah, Husker Du. Time to pull out those LPs.

LPs are classic!
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begin_within Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 10:02 PM
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7. So Gremlins, Pintos and Yugos are now classic cars?
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Left Is Write Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 10:03 PM
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8. No.
In other words, if the benchmark is 20 years, then a car should be at least 20 years old to be considered a classic; that does not mean that ALL cars 20 years or older should be considered classic.
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Oeditpus Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 10:06 PM
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9. It's 25, but it's not an automatic
Certain cars were classics almost as soon as they rolled off the assembly line. Others could be 125 years old and they'd still be crap.

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begin_within Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 10:08 PM
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10. What else is required to qualify?
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Left Is Write Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 10:48 PM
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12. Got me. I'm not into classic cars.
I just know that a Gremlin and a Yugo ain't it, especially if classic is defined as having enduring worth and value.

A thing doesn't get to become "classic" just because it became old.
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darkstar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 09:50 PM
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2. What's the rule w/ cars...25 years?
That seems about right, or 20-30 I suppose. At any rate, 50 years seems way too long and 10 way too short....

:hi:
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KG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 09:50 PM
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3. about eleventy-hunnert years...
:)
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Mutley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 09:51 PM
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5. I considered myself classic once I turned 25
Does that count? :P
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Kutjara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 09:52 PM
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6. It doesn't even have to exist these days.
I remember Disney advertising the upcoming release of "The Little Mermaid" with the tagline "Disney's Newest Classic." It hadn't even been shown yet! To me, that's like selling "brand new antiques."

But, yeah, to answer your question, 20 years is about right.
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idgiehkt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 10:10 PM
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11. well it depends
if it is something that is still around, it must be very old.

If it is something no longer made or present in the culture, then I guess it's a 'classic' by default. :shrug:
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 10:51 PM
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13. I think it's as much an issue of how many knock-offs have been made based upon it...
... as much as it is the absolute amount of time it has existed.
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Alexander Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 02:18 AM
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14. A generation.
So 20-30 years.
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begin_within Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 06:59 AM
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15. That's a good answer.
If something appeals to more than one generation, then it could be considered classic rather than merely popular.
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