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CCCA Full Classic™ Application

Bugsby, 1924 Kissel Model 6-55 Speedster -- photos on this page taken Nov. 13, 2005.

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CCCA Full Classic™

The Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) "is dedicated is to the collecting, preservation and enjoyment of the world's finest automobiles which were manufactured from 1925 through 1948." It is not sufficient that a vehicle was manufactured during this period to be recognized by the CCCA as a Full Classic™ Car. To qualify, vehicles must be

    "...fine or unusual motor cars which were built between and including the years 1925 to 1948. (Some cars built prior to 1925 that are virtually identical to a 1925 model that is recognized by the Club are currently being accepted on a "Please Apply" basis). All of these are very special cars which are distinguished by their respective fine design, high engineering standards and superior workmanship.".

Yikes! While a 1925 Kissel car is recognized as a CCCA Full Classic™ it would appear that Bugsby doesn't qualify because it is a 1924 model.

But what's that comment about cars built prior to 1925 that are virtually identical to a 1925 model that's on CCCA's list? Holy cow! The Kissel Model 6-55 was introduced in the 1923 model year, and the 1923-1924 models WERE virtually identical to the 1925 version. Further, Lynn reads about a 1923 Kissel Model 6-55 Speedster that has been granted classic status by the CCCA, even though it apparently was build with a "left over" Model 6-45 engine. Lynn writes to the CCCA and requests an application to apply for Full Classic™ status for Bugsby. It looks like Bugsby should be eminently qualified.

Completing the Application

The application turned out to be a little more complicated than Lynn expected. In addition to supplying a fair amount of information about the car (including pictures) and its history, a detailed comparison of specifications needed to be completed between the car and the 1925 model to which it was virtually identical.

Using a variety of on-line resources, and information from a 1926 edition of the Branham Automobile Reference Book that Lynn purchased on eBay, Lynn completes the application. While it probably only took about three hours of honest work, four months elapsed between the time that Lynn started to work on the application until it was completed on Dec. 10, 2005.

Bugsby Approved

In late February, 2006, Lynn received the letter from CCCA Classification Committee. They were pleased to advise him that Bugsby was approved for Full Classic status under the Pre-1925 Virtually Identical program at the February 13, 2006 CCCA Board Meeting.

In addition, the CCCA is proposing to accept all Model 6-55 Kissels from their mid 1923 introduction as Full Classics. The letter stated that a notice to this effect will be published in a future CCCA Bulletin.

Yes, it is a small impact, but Lynn and Bugsby have caused a detectable ripple in the pond of classic cars. Yahoo!

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