The term “authentic” is used either in the strong sense of being “of undisputed origin or authorship,” or in a weaker sense of being “faithful to an original” or a “reliable, accurate representation.” To say that something is authentic is to say that it is what it professes to be, or what it is reputed to be, in origin or authorship.

So says The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, in its entry on “authenticity.” To go with this definition, a suitable illustration might be a picture of an old Land Rover Defender, the legendary beast of burden that came out of production, after 67 years of noble sales service, only in 2016. Though modified and modernized through the years and given a new name in 1991, that last Defender, like each of its lineal predecessors, could honestly trace its roots back to the very first “Land Rover” of 1948. When it comes to cars, authenticity doesn’t get more authentic than that.