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It's a definition dilemma and a burning question among car enthusiasts – when does a car become a classic? Agreeing on an impalpable point in time that constitutes a Classic Car definition is rather challenging...

While one can certainly consider a veteran car to be one built before the First World War, a Vintage Car to be one built before 1930 and Post-Vintage a classification used for cars built between 1930 and the end of the Second World War, there is definitely a grey area on what cars built after this point are considered to be.

Some may consider a car made in the 1950s as a Classic, whilst others consider classic cars to be ones from the 1980s. Although there is no precise definition, the Classic Car Club of America considers a car to be classic if aged between 30 and 49 years, and modern classics are defined as cars aged between 15 and 25 years old.


Aside from age, there also has to be some aesthetic appeal for a car to be considered a Classic and appreciated as such. Whether this be the design, colour or timeless engineering, a classic beauty needs to have a somewhat subtle envy factor.

So would a 1969 Volkswagen Beetle be considered a classic? Absolutely!

The Volkswagen Type 1, affectionately the Volkswagen Bug or Beetle, is renowned for being one of the first rear-engined cars ever launched. With more than 21-million manufactured since its inception in 1938, the Beetle is the longest-running and most-manufactured car of a single design platform worldwide and, as the years have passed, various models have come and gone.

Despite this, the Beetle has most certainly stood the test of time given that the "New Beetle" was launched in 1998.


Placed fourth in an international poll for the world's most influential car of the 20th century undertaken in 1999, the VW Beetle will go down in history as one of THE most classic cars. Despite being around for over 70 years, it never loses its appeal. As an ideal first collector car, the Beetle is a firm favourite amongst classic car enthusiasts.

How does one get their hands on a classic VW Beetle? Well, there are various sellers worldwide that you could purchase one from and subsequently embark on a rewarding restoration project… or you could stand a chance of winning one with Soweto VW, Barons VW Bruma and Barons VW Woodmead!

All you need to do is book your car in at one of these participating dealerships for a service, or a free 1-hour 20-point holiday check, during December and January and you could win a refurbished retro 1969 Cherry Red Volkswagen Beetle!


Not only are the guys at Soweto VW, Barons VW Bruma and Barons VW Woodmead ticking the “vehicle safety check” box on your holiday check list, but they could also be starting your New Year off with a BANG!

So if you fancy a classic set of summer wheels for yourself, visit Soweto VW, Barons VW Bruma or Barons VW Woodmead TODAY and you could be the lucky winner!

For more details click here  or contact the Service Department at a participating VW dealer (below)

Soweto VW (011) 989-5300 | 10895 Klipspruit Valley Road, Soweto
Barons Bruma (011) 856-2600 | 224 Albertina Sisulu Road, Dewetshof
Barons Woodmead (011) 208-8000 | 4 Waterval Crescent, Woodmead

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