CSR Classics allows you to race cars from the 50s through 70s against opponent racing cars from the same era. American and European classics are included here, as are Japanese classics, and even American classics that never came out in America (such as the old European Ford Escort sports cars). You can buy cars with cash or gold (the two currencies of the game), then start upgrading them and race them!
You have five different tiers that you can race in, but you start off in the very first tier, the beginning tier, in which Marco is the boss. Here you will be introduced to the gameplay and taught how to work the controls. The control scheme is fairly simple – you have to feather the gas to put the launch mechanism into the flashing green for a perfect launch, then shift when the green light goes off for a perfect shift. The better the timing on your launches and your shifts, the faster that you go. That’s the basics of the controls.
However, you can also upgrade your car by adding nitrous. When you install a nitrous bottle on your car, that will enable you to use a nitro boost at some point in the race. You can use the nitro boost whenever you want to, but you only get one opportunity to use it per race. The addition of nitrous adds an additional layer of complexity to the controls of the game.
At the end of each race, you will be awarded in cash. The amount of cash that you earn for a race depends on whether you won or whether you lost. You will also get bonus cash for having a perfect start, perfect shifts, or good shifts.
As you progress through more and more races, you will also gain experience points, and if you fill your experience bar up all the way, you will gain an experience level. Each time that you game and experience level, you will earn 10 free gold, which is the premium currency of the game.
There are a number of different types of races that you run. The main type of races the regulation race, which is a one off event against one other racer. At the beginning you will only be able to race in a beginner race, but as you progress, you will also unlock amateur mode and professional, which are far more difficult to beat, but which will earn you far more cash.