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Open Diff: What would you nominate for a “Junior Classic?”

Published in blog.hemmings.com

Photo courtesy Ford Motor Company.

The recent interview with new CCCA President Carrol Jensen provoked a good deal of thoughtful discussion about the future of the club in particular and the hobby in general. The crux of the conversation revolved around the club’s unique focus on Full Classics, specifically on the question of balancing club growth while retaining the club’s commitment to cars of a specific status and era.

One proposal put forth by reader Fred Puhn in those comments would create a sort of compromise that theoretically could help the club grow without tampering with the definition of Full Classic. As Fred wrote:

A suggestion on how to deal with almost Full Classic vehicles is to define a ‘Junior Classic’ to go along at events with the ‘Full Classic’ cars in a separate class. These could be cars like my 1934 Nash Big Six brougham, a car that looks very much like a Full Classic Nash Ambassador only slightly smaller. A Junior Classic could also be a car slightly newer or older than a Full Classic. The hard part of this proposal is getting the definition correct so it is not just an ordinary car.

Aside from the bureaucracy inherent in adding another category and selecting vehicles for that category (and the attendant politics…), a Junior Classic category appears practicable. Practicable enough for us to start wondering what sort of cars could/should/would make the cut. We went with a no-brainer for our nomination, the Continental Mark II, a car that in all likelihood would have long ago been considered a Full Classic if only it were built in the Full Classic era.

(By the way, we ran the idea of a Junior Classic by Carrol, who said that it doesn’t fit with the club’s definition of Full Classic or what the club has chosen to embrace.)

So purely as a thought exercise, what cars would you nominate for such a category, and why?