EXPLORE THE WORLD OF HISTORIC MARQUES

What constitutes a classic vehicle? That can be a thorny subject! Let's start by agreeing that the world of historic vehicles is vast. No single website or book or publication is ever going to fully encompass it - not even It's My Classic.

We've set out to provide an overview of some of the vast array of worldwide historic* motorcycle, scooter, cyclecar, tricar, microcar and car marques. Explore and enjoy.

Names that are underlined are still in existence and have an external link to their current day website (to the history pages, where available).

What's the difference between veteran, vintage or classic? There is some debate, but this is the most common definition:

Veteran vehicles - built up to and during WW1 (ended 1918)

Vintage vehicles - 1919 to the end of WW2

Classic vehicles - 1945 onwards. Exactly what date marks the line between a middle-aged or a  classic vehicle is a subject open to much debate and frequent wrangling. Ultimately it's a personal demarkation that we leave up to you to decide!

Vintage Ford motor car horn and lights

* Companies founded after 1980  and those who primarily produce kit cars are not included.

This listing focusses mostly on the more notable or longer-surviving historic vehicle manufacturers.

Abarth : Italy : 1949 - present day

Abingdon Motorcycles : Great Britain : 1903 - 1925 (renamed AKD 1926 - 1933)

AC Cars : Great Britain : 1904 to present day

Adams Farwell : USA : 1905 - 1912

ADK : Belgium : 1922 - 1930

Adler : Germany : 1900 -1957

Advance Motor Manufacturing : Great Britain : 1902 - 1912

AEM : France : 1924 - 1927

Ariel ; Great Britain : 1902 - 1970

Aermacchi : Italy : (motorcycles) 1950 -1978

Aerocar : USA : 1905 - 1908

AGA : Germany : 1919 - 1925

Ageron : France : 1910 - 1914

Ailloud : France : 1898 - 1904

AJ Stevens & Co : Great Britain : 1909 - 1931

AJW Motorcycles : Great Britain : 1928 - 1953

Alba : Portugal : 1952 - 1961

Albion Motors : Great Britain : 1899 - 1951 (sold to Leyland Motors) - 1972

Alcyon : France : 1903 - 1954

Alfa Romeo : Italy : 1909 to present day

Croft racing Alfa Romeo

Allard : Great Britain : 1945 - 1958

Alldays/Enfield-Allday (Alldays & Onions) : Great Britain : 1898 - 1925

Alpine : France : 1955 to present day

Alvis : Great Britain : 1920 - 1967

American Motors Corporation (AMC) : USA : 1968 - 1988

Amilcar : France : 1921 - 1939

Anderson : USA : 1916 - 1925

Aprilia : Italy : 1945

Ariel Motorcycles : Great Britain :1902 - 1970 (sold to BSA)

Arista : France : 1956 - 1963

Armadale : Great Britain : 1906 - 1907

Armstrong-Siddeley : Great Britain : 1919 - 1960

Arrol-Johnston: Great Britain : 1895 - 1931 (Arrol-Aster : Great Britain : 1927 - 1931)

Associated Motor Cycles (AMC) : Great Britain : 1938 -1966

Aston Martin : Great Britain : 1922 - present day

Attica : Greece : 1962 - 1977

Auburn : USA : 1900 - 1937

Audi : Germany : 1910 - 1939, 1965 - present day

Austin : Great Britain : 1905 - 1989

Austin Automobile Co : USA : 1901 - 1921

Austin-Healey : Great Britian : 1952 - 1971

Austro-Daimler : Austria : 1899 - 1936

Autoette - USA : 1948 - 1970

Automobiles Grégoire : France : 1902 - 1924

Auto Romania (ARO) : Romania : 1957 - 2006

Auto Union : Germany : 1932 - 1969 merged with NSU

Avanti : USA : 1963 - 2007

Bajaj Auto : India : 1945 - present day

Ballot : France : 1919 - 1933

Balzer : USA : 1894 - 1902

Bayerische Motoren Werke (BMW) : Germany : 1918 - present day

Beardmore Precision Motorcycles : Great Britain : 1914 - 1930

Benelli : Italy : 1911 - present day

Bentley : Great Britain : 1921 - present day

Benz et Cie : Germany : 1885 -1926

Berliet : France : 1895 - 1939

Bignan : France : 1919 - 1931

Blackburne (Burney & Blackburne Ltd) : Great Britain : 1913 - 1922

Bolwell : Australia : 1962 - 1979

Bombardier (BRC) : 1942 - present day

Bond : Great Britain : 1963 - 1966

Bouffort : France : 1945 - 1960

Bour-Davis : USA : 1916 - 1922

Brasier : France : 1897 - 1930

Bristol : Great Britain : 1947 - present day

Brough : Great Britain : 1919 - 1940

BSA : Great Britain : 1907 - 1939

Bugatti : Germany & France : 1909 - present day (interrupted)

Buick : USA : 1903 - present day

Cadillac : USA : 1902 - present day

Caterham : Great Britain : 1973 - present day

Chadwick : USA : 1904 - 1916

Chandler : USA : 1913 - 1929

Chenard-Walcker : France : 1901 - 1946

Chevrolet : USA : 1911 - present day

Chrysler : USA : 1923 - present day

Cisitalia : Italy : 1946 - 1965

Citroën : France : 1919 - present day

Clyno : Great Britain : -1909 - 1929

Cole : USA : 1908 - 1925

Cony : Japan : 1946 - 1966

Cord : USA : 1929 - 1937

Coventry Motor Company : Great Britain : 1896 - 1903

Crossley : Great Britain : 1904 1937

Csonka : Hungary : 1909 - 1912

Cunningham Automobile : USA : 1896 - 1936

Cushman : USA : 1903 - present day

CWS : Poland - 1918 - 1939

Cyklon : Germany : 1902 - 1931

De Dietrich : France : 1897 - 1934

De Dion-Bouton : France : 1883 - 1932

Dacia : Romania : 1966 - present day

DAF : Holland : 1958 - 1975

Daihatsu Motor Company : Japan : 1951 - present day

Daimler Company Ltd : Great Britain : 1896 - 2007

Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft (DMG) (Daimler-Benz) - 1886 - present day

Darracq : France : 1896 - 1920

Datsun - Japan : 1912 - 1983

David : Spain : 1913 - 1923 & 1951 - 1957

Day-Leeds : Great Britain : 1912 - 1924

Decauville : France : 1898 - 1911

Delage : France : 1905 - 1954

Humber Super Snipe 1952

Delaugère & Clayette : France : 1906 - 1934 (bought by Panhard)

Delaunay-Belleville : France : 1904 - 1950

Delhaye : France : 1894 - 1954

Dellow Motors : Great Britain : 1949 - 1956

DeLorean : USA : 1975 - 1982

Demm : Italy : 1952 - 1962

Denzel : Austria : 1948 - 1959

Derby : France : 1921 - 1936

De Soto : USA : 1928 - 1960

De Tomaso : Italy : 1959 - 2015

Detroit Electric : USA : 1907 - 1938

DKW (Dampf-Kraft-Wagen) : Germany : 1928 - 1932 (merged into Auto Union) - 1939 (marque defunt)

Doble : USA : 1914 - 1931

Dodge : USA : 1914 - present day

Donkervoort : Netherlands : 1978 - present day

Dot Cycle & Motor Manufacturing : Great Britain : 1903 - present day

Douglas : Great Britain : 1907 - 1957

Ducati : Italy  : 1926 - present day

Duesenberg : USA : 1920 - 1937

Du Pont : USA : 1920 - 1932

Duryea Motor Wagon Company : USA : 1893 - 1916

D’yrsan : France : 1923 - 1928

Eagle : Great Britain : 1901 - 1908

Elfin : Australia : 1957 - 2012

Excelsior Motor Company : Great Britain : 1896 - 1965

Excelsior (Compagnie Nationale Excelsior): Belgium : 1903 - 1930

Express Werke AG : Germay : 1884 - 1958 (merged with DKW & Victoria)

Eysink : Netherlands : 1897/1903 - 1957

Express Werke : Germany : 1884 - 1958

Facel (Vega) : France : 1954 - 1964

Fafnir : Germany : 1908 - 1926

Fantic Motor : Italy : 1968 - present day

FAR : France : 1919 - 1970

Ferrari : Italy : 1940 - present day

Fiat : Italy : 1899 - present day

FN (Fabrique Nationale de Herstal) : Belgium : 1901 - 1967

Ford : USA : 1901 - present day

Ford : Great Britain : 1909 - present day

Francis Barnett : Great Britain : 1919 - 1966

Franklin : USA : 1902 - 1934

Frazer-Nash : Great Britain : 1924 - 1957

Fuldamobil : Sweden : 1950 - 1969

GAZ (NAZ) : Russia : 1932 - present day

Gibbons : Great Britain : 1917 - 1929

Gilbern : Great Britain : 1959 - 1973

Gilera : Italy : 1909 - 1969 (bought by Piaggio) - present day

Ginetta : Great Britain : 1958 - present day

GMC : USA : 1908 - present day

GN : Great Britain : 1910-1925

Gnat : Great Britain : 1968 - 1975

Goggomobil : Germany : 1955 - 1969

Gobron-Brillié : France : 1898 - 1930

Graham-Paige : USA : 1937 - 1940

Grofri : Austria : 1921 - 1931

Gray–Dort : Canada : 1915 - 1925

Greeves Motorcycles : Great Britain : 1951 - present day

Gurgel Motores : Brazil : 1969 - 1994

Gutbrod : Germany : 1926 - 1954

Guy Motors : Great Britain : 1914 - 1982

Hampton : Great Britain : 1912 - 1930

Hansa : Germany : 1905 - 1931

Harley-Davidson : USA : 1903 - present day

Healey : Great Britain : 1945 -1953

Heinkel : Germany : 1956 - 1958

Hercules (motorcycles) : Germany : 1904 - 1996

Hillman : Great Britain : 1907 - 1978

Hillman Minx classic car

Hispano Suiza : Spain : 1904 - 1944

Holden : Australia : (1856) 1931 - 2017

Honda Motor Co : Japan : 1948 - present day

Hope Star : Japan : 1952 - 1962

Horch : Germany : 1898 - 1940

Horex : Germany : 1923 - 1960, - present day (fragmented)

Hotchkiss : France : 1903 - 1972

HRG : Great Britain : 1936 - 1956

Hudson : USA : 1909 -1957

Humber : Great Britain : 1899 - 1976

Hyundai : Korea : 1967 - present day

IKCO (Iran Khodro) : 1962 - present day)

Indian : USA : 1901 - 1953, 1970 - 1977, 1998 - 2003, 2008 - present day

Innocenti : Italy : 1947 - 1997

Invacar : Great Britain : 1948 - 1977

Invicta : Great Britain : 1925 - 1933, 1946 - 1950, 2004 - 2012

Isotta-Franschini : Italy 1900 - 1999

Isuzu : Japan : 1916 - present day

Itala : Italy : 1904 - 1934

Jaguar : Great Britain : 1945 - present day

Big Cat racing

Jensen Motors : Great Britain : 1934 - 1976

Jowett : Great Britain : 1906 - 1955

Kaiser-Frazer : USA : 1945 - 1970

Kawasaki : Japan : 1953 - present day

Kissel : USA : 1906 - 1931

Kleinschnittger : Germany : 1950 - 1957

Kreidler : Germany : 1951 - 1982

KTM : Austria : 1951 - present day

Lada : Russia : 1970 - present day

Lagonda : Great Britain : 1906 - present day (fragmented)

Lamborghini : Italy : 1963 - present day

Lambretta : Italy : 1947 - 1972

Lanchester Motor Company : Great Britain : 1899 - 1930 (acquired by BSA)

Lancia : Italy : 1906 - present day

Land Rover : Great Britain : 1948 - present day

Lea-Francis : Great Britain : 1903 -1990

Léon Bollée Automobiles : France : 1895 - 1933

Leyland Motors : Great Britain : 1896 - 1968 (merged with BMH)

Ligier : France : 1968 - present day

Lincoln Motor Company : USA : 1917 (Ford subsidiary since 1922)

Lister : Great Britain : 1954 - present day (fragmented)

Little Midland : Great Britain : 1905 - 1922

Lloyd (Norddeutsche Automobil & Motoren) : Germany : 1908 - 1963

Lloyds Cars : Great Britain : 1936 - 1951

Lorraine-Dietrich : France : 1896 - 1935

Lotus : Great Britain : 1952 - present day

MAF (Markranstädter Automobilfabrik) : Germany : 1909 - 1923

Marcos Engineering : Great Britain : 1959 - 2007

Maserati : Italy : 1914 - present day

Maserati at Goodwood

Matchless : Great Britain : 1899 - 1966

Maudslay Motor Company : Great Britain : 1902 - 1948 (taken over by AEC)

Maybach : Germany : 1921 - 1940, 1997 -2013

Mazda : Japan : 1920 - present day

Mercedes

Messerschmitt : Germany : 1948 - 1964

MG : Great Britain : 1923 - 2005

Minerva : Belgium : 1900 -1956

Mitsubishi Motors : Japan : 1917 - present day

Morgan : Great Britain : 1910 - present day

Morris : Great Britain : 1913 - 1983

Morris Commercial Cars : Great Britain : 1924 - 1936 (sold to Morris)

Moskvitch : Bulgaria : 1967 - 1990

Moto Guzzi : Italy : 1921 - present day

Moto Morini : Italy : 1937 - present day

Nash Motors Company : USA : 1916 -1954

Negrini : Italy : 1954 - 1972

New Imperial : Great Britain : 1887 - 1939

Nissan : Japan : 1928 - present day

Norton Motorcycle Company : Great Britain : 1898 - 1953

Norton Villers Triumph : Great Britain : 1972 - 1978

NSU Motorenwerke : Germany : 1901 - 1969

Opel : Germany : 1899 - present day (fragmented)

Oscar Lear Automobile Co : USA : 1904 - 1910

Ossa : Italy : 1924 - 1982

Packard : USA : 1899 - 1954 (merged with Studebaker)

Packard vintage car

Pan-Car : Greece : 1968 - 1994

Peel : Great Britain : 1962 - 1974

Pegaso : Spain : 1946 -1994

Peugeot : France : 1882 (1926) - present day

Phanomen : Germany : 1907 - 1927

Phelon & Moore (Panther) : Great Britain : 1904 - 1967

Piaggio (Vespa) : 1946 - present day

Poirier : France : 1928 - 1958

Porsche : Germany : 1948 - present day

Raleigh (motorcycles) : Great Britain : 1899 - 1971

Reliant : Great Britain : 1935 - 2002

Renault : France : 1899 - present day

Riga Autobus : Latvia : 1949 - 1988

Riley : Great Britain : 1898 - 1969

Rolls Royce : Great Britain : 1906 - present day (fragmented)

Rosengart : France : 1923 - 1952

Rover : Great Britain : 1904 -2005

Royal Enfield : Great Britain : 1901 - 1971

SAAB : Sweden - 1945 - 2012

Santa Matilde : Brazil : 1977 - 1997

Scootacars Ltd : Great Britain : 1957 - 1964

SEAT : Spain : 1950 - present day

Selve : Germany : 1919 - 1929

Sharp's Commercials (see also Bond) : Great Britain : 1949 - 1974

Singer : Great Britain : 1901 - 1970

Škoda Auto : Czech Republic : 1895 - present day

Spyker (Spijker) : Netherlands : 1881 - 1926

Standard : Great Britain : 1903 - 1963

Steiger : Germany : 1914 - 1926

Stevens-Duryea : USA : 1901 - 15, 1919 - 27

Studebaker : USA : 1852 - 1967

Subaru : Japan : 1953 - present day

Sunbeam Cycles : Great Britain : 1912 - 1956

Sunbeam Motor Car Company : Great Britain : 1905 - 1920 (sold to Darracq)

Suzuki Motor Co : Japan : 1954 - present day

Swift : Great Britain : 1900 - 1931

Swallow Sidecar Company : Great Britain : 1922 - 1926

Swallow Coachbuilding Company : Great Britain : 1927 - 1934

Talbot : Great Britain : 1903 - 1938

Tata Motors : India : 1945 - present day

Toyota : Japan : 1937 - present day

Trabant : Germany : 1957 - 1991

Triking : Great Britain : 1977 - present day

Triumph : Great Britain : 1923 - 1984

TVR : Great Britain : 1946 - present day

Vauxhall Motors : 1903 - present day

VAZ (AutoVAZ/Lada) : Russia : 1956 - present day

Velocette : Great Britain : 1904 - 1971

Velorex : Czechoslovakia : 1945 - 1971

Veritas : Germany : 1947 - 1953

Victoria Motor and Cycle Co. : Great Britain : 1902 - 1928

Victoria Werke AG : Germany : 1901 - 1958 (merged with Express & DKW)

Villard : France : 1925 - 1935

Vincent : Great Britain : 1928 - 1959

Volkswagen : Germany : 1937 - present day

Volvo : Sweden : 1927 - present day

Wanderer : Germany : 1902 - 1945

Wartburg : Germany : 1898 - 1904, 1956 - 1985

White Motor Company : USA : 1900 - 1980

Williamson : Great Britain : 1912 - 1920

Willys-Overland Motors : USA : 1908 - 1963

Wolseley : Great Britain : 1896 - 1975

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