Classic Car Towing & Transportation

There are cars, and then there are CARS.  If you’re a classic car buff, you know what we mean. And if you need to transport a classic car, you definitely want to be sure to contract with a tow truck company that knows how to care for a classic.

Smitty Big Towing & Recovery has nearly 15 years of experience in transporting classic cars. We understand how much your classic car means to you, not just in financial worth, but also in emotional value. It isn’t like you can easily replace a classic. We have the tools and equipment to load your classic car onto our flatbed without damaging it. We have the know-how required to work with cars that were manufactured in the 70s, 60s, 50s, 40s and earlier. We’ll care for your classic car during transport as if it were our own. Smitty and his team recognize that transporting a ’67 Camaro, a ’49 Mercury Eight, a ’35 Rolls-Royce GRF-2 or any other classic car is NOT the same as towing a 2014 Ford Escape or a 2009 Toyota Camry. Though the Ford and Camry are important to their owners, and we’ll take care, in the unlikely event of damage, we can repair or replace the Camry or the Escape. Classic Cars, however, are irreplaceable and, thus, deserve to be treated as the jewels they are!

What Qualifies As A Classic Car

The Classic Car Club of America says in order for a car to be considered a classic, it must have been manufactured between 1925 and 1948, whereas the Antique Automobile Club of America says the car must be between 25 – 50 years old AND “fine” or “unusual” to qualify as a classic car. And a post in the Chevelle forum describes a classic car as, “any car 10 years old or older, the first or last of a series, or limited edition.”

In the State of Minnesota, the Department of Motor Vehicles defines a classic car this way, “Any motor vehicle manufactured between and including the years 1925 and 1948, and designated by the commissioner as a classic car because of its fine design, high engineering standards, and superior workmanship, and owned and operated solely as a collector’s item. No commercial vehicles such as hearses, ambulances, or trucks are considered classic cars. To fall under the definition of “classic car” a vehicle must be built between 1925 and 1948 and be identified on a list of classic cars contained in the Minnesota statutes.” 

Where to Buy & See Classic Cars in St Paul & Minneapolis

Two of the most reputable Classic Car dealers in the Twin Cities are Sunset Classics in Minneapolis and Ellingson Motorcars up in Rogers. Sunset Classics is owned and operated by John Snell, a local St Paulite who grew up in Lake Elmo. Ellingson not only buys and sells classic cars, but they’ll also consign a classic car for you.  They both have terrific selection and ever-changing inventory.

The Best Car Show in America is right here in St. Paul, according to USA Today. Back To The 50’s is staged by Minnesota Street Rod Association at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Though the name implies all the classic cars are from the ’50s, that’s not accurate. We’ve seen everything from Model Ts up to 70’s Ford Mustangs and everything in between among the almost-12,000 cars were on display at the 2016 show. The show is generally held the third or fourth weekend of June. ​

Classic Car Transport in Twin Cities

If you are a serial classic car buyer/seller or you’ve just purchased your dream classic car, give us a call at Smitty Big Towing or fill out the form on this page to set a time to transport your beauty to its new destination within the Twin Cities Metro area. Whether you need it transported to your home garage, a storage facility or your mechanic’s shop, you can rely on Smitty Big Towing & Recovery. With a strong appreciation for the rich history and elegant lines of classic cars, you have our word that we will take superior care when you select us to transport a classic car.

No matter if your classic car is from Sunset Classics, Ellingson Motorcars, or a private seller, you can rely on us to handle your new classic with kid gloves. Call us at 651.955.6475!
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Smitty Big Towing & Recovery is a locally owned, family operated company that provides professional towing & roadside assistance services to the residents of St Paul, Minneapolis and the Twin Cities MN metro area.

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1430 Concordia Ave
St Paul MN 55104