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Ok, so just WHAT is the difference and why all the fuss? Well, since you buy your Ford parts from C&G Ford Parts, and, we are an authority in the field of Ford parts for the era in question, we will delve into defining the proper terms to use.

In order to nail this down with some authority, we will have define the term Classic Ford parts and Antique Ford parts before we proceed. Let’s go to some recognized and otherwise definitive sources. Chief among them are:

Antique Automobile Club of America. (AACA)
Classic Car Club of America (CCCA)

After some initial research, it appears this is going to be easier than I originally thought. According to the CCCA, Fords are not even on the “Classic Car” list, and before you “bowtie boys” start laughing at us “blue oval fans”, you ain’t on it either!
The Classic Car Club of America defines a CCCA Classic as follows:

A CCCA Classic is a “fine” or “distinctive” automobile, either American or foreign built, produced between 1925 and 1948. Other factors, including engine displacement, custom coachwork and luxury accessories, such as power brakes, power clutch, and “one-shot” or automatic lubrication systems, help determine whether a car is considered a Classic.

Therefore, if we extrapolate the fact the Brands are not on the list, then it stands to reason neither are the Brand’s parts. Everybody agree so far? Oh by the way, the AACA agrees with the “classic” definition. They refer to it on page 65, item 19 of their 2013 AACA judges guidelines.
So, “classic Ford parts” would be a less than accurate terminology.

Moving along to the next term in line, Antique Ford Parts.
According to page 10 of the 2010 Antique Automobile Club of America, Policy and Procedure Manual, we have a winner!

The July-August, 1974 issue of ANTIQUE AUTOMOBILE announced the inclusion of vehicles 25 years old and older into the classifications effective February 1, 1975. This rule continues in effect today.

So then, Antique Ford Parts is the term that is most accurate for use on anything older than 25 years from the date it was first available and we should use that right? Well uhmm, yes and no. Yes for the term, but, some states vehicle registration departments say it only needs to be 20 years from the date of availability to be registered as “Antique”. 

There you have it. To sum it all up, Antique Ford Parts wins the terminology beef and your state will determine the number of years in age the vehicle needs to be to classify as antique for registration. Whew, i’m off the hook!

Hold on there Joe, what about all those other adjectives like: old ford parts, vintage ford parts, restoration ford parts, early ford parts, obsolete ford parts and any others you can drum up and everybody toss’s around?

Well, Webster’s dictionary says this about that:

: of, relating to, or originating in a past era.
Vintage: a period of origin or manufacture.
Restorationa restoring to an unimpaired or improved condition.
Early: near the beginning of a period of time.
Obsolete: of a kind or style no longer

I guess it really boils down to this, classic ford parts or any other adjective is fine as long as you’re getting your point across! However, if you’ve got money down or you need to win an argument, use antique.