Stretching nearly 11 blocks, including nearly 350 premiere vehicles, State Street National’s, Santa Barbara’s premiere car show, will be on May 17 and 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vintage cars are a plenty in Santa Barbara, where Hot Rods and Corvettes can often be seen on the street. What exactly differentiates a vintage car from, well…just an old car? We consulted our local car expert and got their take…
A vintage classic car can be defined as any car manufactured between 1920 and 1950. By looking at the year a car was manufactured, you can locate the VIN number, which stands for vehicle information number. This VIN is linked to a wide range of information about a vintage car simply beyond just the make and number. Of course value is linked to quantity–the rarer the car, the higher the value. Additionally if a car (or that particular make and model) holds a great deal of historic significance, its value greatly increases.
Another aspect to observe at the Santa Barbara car show is the remarkable craftsmanship that went into the vehicles. Today cars are mass produced, but cars made from the 1920-1960, were made with a higher level of craftsmanship, evident in the additional to detail and the materials used.
Vintage auto shows such as the Santa Barbara car show are a popular pastime in California — nothing quite compliments a gorgeous West Coast day like an amazing lineup of classic cars. Whether it’s the 1961 Jaguar E-type or a 1957 Mercedes 300SL Gullwing, there will always be an undeniably cool element to vintage cars.