Are Used 1970 Pickup Trucks Considered Vintage or Antique?


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A car is considered antique by the Antique Automobile Club of America if it is 25 years old or older, so a 1970 pickup truck would be considered an antique. U.S. Customs rules also consider a car that is 25 years old or older to be classic or antique.

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U.S. Customs dates a car's age from its date of manufacture. For an item other than a car to be considered antique, U.S. Customs requires the item to be over 100 years old.

The term "antique" generally refers to any older collectible item. The term originated from a French word. The term "vintage" suggests a particular year or era of production, and is often used in combination with that era, such as "a vintage 1950s chair" or "a vintage 1958 teapot." The term "vintage" is used much more loosely than "antique" in the collectibles trade. The term vintage also comes from the French, and was originally applied to wine ("vin" in French) to denote the year of its production. A wine's vintage is always attached to the year of its production, such as a 1988 Bordeaux. In classifying a 1970 pickup truck, it is correct to use the word "antique," although "vintage 1970 pickup truck" is also accurate.

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