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D’Antonio Automotive’s prized 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner

“A car isn’t a classic just because it’s old. To be a classic, a car has to tell something of its time.” - James May

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here’s an essay floating around the internet — often mistakenly attributed to the late 60 Minutes correspondent Andy Rooney, but actually written by Frank Kaiser — called In Praise of Older Women. In it, a 65-year-old Kaiser enumerates just what he’d come to realize over the course of his life about women who, for lack of a more gracious way to put it, have a few miles on them; how years and the wisdom and experience that go with them can make women of a certain age as appealing —and in some ways even more so — than their younger counterparts. We’re betting that the folks who appreciate, work on, and collect classic cars can get behind that sentiment. Classic cars are typically considered to be anything over 20 years old; antique autos are 45 and older, and the term

vintage covers anything built between 1919 and 1930. We talked with several West Chester auto repair shop owners and managers who all seemed to agree that while no one is arguing that new cars aren’t great, they don’t make ‘em like they used to, and it’s hard to beat a classic. And if you think that this is just an “old head” industry, think again. A December 2018 post in the classiccars.com journal offered an interesting statistic: for the first time, gen X-ers and millennials had surpassed baby boomers as consumers in classic and antique car collecting. Now part of this can simply be attributed to a demographic that’s growing in number. But it also indicates that a love of cars that have stood the test of time — in terms of both quality and design — won’t be dying out any time soon. And as we found out, it’s a fascination that crisscrosses generations. Tony over at D’Antonio Automotive is

In Your Dreams the vintage cars our car guys love

Tony D’Antonio: 1966 Iso Grifo a prime example. His father (also Tony) has been an auto mechanic for 45 years. “He was around when a lot of the vehicles we service were brand new,” Tony told us. “He knows so much about classic cars that he actually gives grand jury professional testimony for restoration dispute cases. The way his brain works is astounding; I’ve been around him my whole life, and I’m still amazed when he can diagnose a troublesome car just by listening to it.”

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