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Classics: 2010 Woodward – Click above for high-res image gallery

There's no doubt that classic cars make up the bulk of what keeps us coming to Detroit to cover the Woodward Dream Cruise year after year. But what makes a car a classic?

That question is as debatable as ever, but for the purposes of our coverage this weekend, we're calling a classic anything built before 1964 or so. That's around the first year you could buy a Pontiac GTO – what many consider to be the first true muscle car – and the end of what we're calling our classic car era.

Yes, it's a bit arbitrary to divide all these vintage vehicles into two groups, but there's just too many for one gallery! So here's the first, our gallery of pre-1964 (or so) classics. Post-1964 (or so) muscle cars will follow, so get through the gallery below and we'll bring the muscle a little later.


1938 Chevrolet Coupe
  • 1938 Chevrolet Coupe
  • 1938 Chevrolet Coupe
  • 1955-1957 Ford Thunderbird
  • 1955-1957 Ford Thunderbird
  • 1930s Ford Roadster
  • 1930s Ford Roadster
  • Unidentifiable Rat Rod
  • Unidentifiable Rat Rod
  • Custom Hot Rod
  • Custom Hot Rod
  • 1930s Ford Hot Rod
  • 1930s Ford Hot Rod
  • Custom 1958 Chevy
  • Custom 1958 Chevy
  • 1955-1957 Ford Thunderbird
  • 1955-1957 Ford Thunderbird
  • Lead Sled custom
  • Lead Sled custom
  • Ford Model A
  • Ford Model A
  • 1930s Willys hot rod
  • 1930s Willys hot rod
  • Ford Model A custom
  • Ford Model A custom
  • 1961 Chevrolet Impala
  • Chevrolet Impala
  • Ford F100 pickup
  • Ford F100 pickup
  • 1957 Ford Fairlane
  • 1957 Ford Fairlane
  • 1961 Chevrolet Corvette
  • 1961 Chevrolet Corvette
  • 1955 Chevy
  • 1955 Chevy
  • 1950s Chevrolet pickup
  • 1950s Chevrolet pickup
  • Unknown custom pickup
  • Unknown custom pickup
  • 1955 Ford Truck
  • 1955 Ford Truck
  • Pontiac Star Chief
  • Pontiac Star Chief
  • Unidentified hot rod
  • Unidentified hot rod
  • 1956 Chevrolet
  • 1956 Chevrolet
  • Custom hot rod
  • Custom hot rod
  • Ford F100 pickup
  • Ford F100 pickup
  • 1949 Chevrolet
  • 1949 Chevrolet
  • 1947 Mercury
  • 1947 Mercury
  • Custom hot rod
  • Custom hot rod
  • 1952 Packard
  • 1952 Packard
  • Ford Model A
  • Ford Model A
  • Ford Model A
  • 1957 Ford Fairlane
  • 1957 Ford Fairlane
  • Chevrolet pickup
  • Chevrolet pickup
  • 1955 Chevy
  • 1955 Chevy
  • 1957 Chevrolet
  • 1957 Chevrolet
  • Buick
  • Buick
  • Custom street rod
  • Custom street rod
  • Shoebox Chevy wagon
  • Shoebox Chevy wagon
  • 1938 Plymouth
  • 1938 Plymouth
  • Stars and stripes custom Chevy
  • Stars and stripes custom Chevy
  • Lincoln Continental
  • Lincoln Continental
  • Mopar hot rod
  • Mopar hot rod
  • Custom street rod
  • Custom street rod
  • 1938 Plymouth
  • 1938 Plymouth
  • Blacked-out street rod
  • Blacked-out street rod
  • Custom painted street rod
  • Custom painted street rod
  • 1939 Cadillac
  • 1939 Cadillac
  • 1959 Cadillac
  • 1959 CadillacCadillac
  • 1959 Cadillac
  • 1959 Cadillac
  • 1959 Chevrolet Bel AirAir
  • 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
  • 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
  • 1957 Chevrolet
  • 1957 Chevrolet
  • 1960 Ford Thunderbird
  • 1960 Ford Thunderbird
  • 1957 Chevrolet Nomad
  • 1957 Chevrolet Nomad
  • Custom street rod
  • Custom street rod
  • Custom lead sled
  • Custom lead sled
  • 1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
  • 1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
  • Ford street rod
  • Ford street rod
  • Custom convertible lead sled
  • Custom convertible lead sled
  • 1965 Chevrolet Corvair
  • 1965 Chevrolet Corvair
  • 1940 Ford Coupe
  • 1940 Ford CoupeCoupe
  • 1930s Ford
  • 1930s Ford
  • Custom lead sled
  • Custom lead sled
  • 1953 Oldsmobile
  • 1953 Oldsmobile
  • Ford Model T
  • Ford Model T

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      • 4 Years Ago
      A lot of them are misidentified. On some, the pictures and the IDs are out of sync, and some are just plain wrong (there were no 1944 Buicks). One that's called a lead sled (black four-door) is a '52 Packard. My parents had one when I was a kid.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Here's what I would call a freak show.
      I also learned that, at 46, I am an antique. (Or would be if I were a car.) Thank you Wiggy and the Classic Car Club of America.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think many of the vehicles names are on the photo prior to the ones they should be on.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Then those are some mighty fine looking antiques......
      • 4 Years Ago
      AHHH gee thnx i was born in 1964, does that make me a hot rod or a classic ?? lol
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good stuff.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Chevy Cavalier + right lane = Epic Fail