There are a number of slightly different ways people describe or judge these terms. These are generally the most common categories. It does vary online but hey this is a start...
Vintage cars are built between 1919 and 1930. The term is often used to describe any car made before World War II. There can also be an overlap between vintage and antique cars.
More Info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vintage_car
Antique cars are vehicles over 45 years old. Usually these cars are kept or restored to an original state.
More Info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antique_car
These are cars and trucks over 25 years old and less than 50 years old. In general it is typically a car that is no longer in production and still popular.
This is defined as a classic, vintage or antique car or truck that's been modified for looks and performance, usually repowered.
More Info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot_rod
Pickups / Trucks
My favourite category, pickups and trucks! Good old workhorses! Simple!
More Info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pickup_truck
These are often used for true and replica t-buckets and similar styled vehicles.
More Info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T-bucket
Rusty, bare metal, hanging together, build with scrap and old mismatched parts. Mostly not street legal, home builds and high performance dodgy rods.
More Info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rat_rod
These are often beach and track race cars and trucks, mostly dedicated racers and older vehicles.
Custom / Concept Cars
These are more highly customized cars and trucks, not just hotrods. Often used to describe really unusual and impressive vehicles.
More Info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Custom_car
As it says, these are hobby cars, kitsets, homebuilds etc.
How does NZClassics sort groups?
Obviously that would be a lot of groups and categories to manage, but it would also make it harder to find cool rides, so I've simplified the categories.
Classic Cars For Sale NZ
Roughly from 1950-1990 with exceptions for interesting cars.
Hotrods For Sale NZ
Anything earlier than 1990 with customization, big power or unique mods.
Vintage Cars For Sale NZ
From about 1950 back to the beginning of cars.
Ratrods For Sale NZ
Rough, home builds and ratty looking, solid patina rides. Usually older cars with stupid motors ;-)
Car Shows NZ
Any shows in NZ I come across that are car or swapmeet related.
Classic Parts For Sale NZ
Used parts or new only if unique or for old vehicles (accepted by discretion).
Old Tools For Sale NZ
Old tools from your shed, small or large that are related to or belong in a car person's workshop.
Car Clubs NZ
Pics of your club, their gatherings etc.
Here's the link to view them:
View the NZClassic Facebook Groups