30′s Cars

1930s cars: Catch the latest news and feature stories on cars from this dazzling Depression decade, when automotive styling was in its golden age, but few people had the copper to buy bread, let alone a new car. Here, you’ll find articles related to everything 1930s, from the flathead Ford to the stovebolt Chevrolet to the quality Chrysler products. Many interesting independents sank or swam during the Depression, and examples of those beautifully streamlined cars that fought for survival are also covered, whether the radiator represented Studebaker, Hupmobile, Cord, Graham or anyone of the other innovative makes to craft automobiles in the pre-World War II era.

A rodder’s reverse restoration

Pinup model Bekki LaBine and daughter Amelia pose with the mysterious 1940s-built 1932 Ford roadster at Symco.

Reversing a trend of rodders finding restored cars to build, or original-condition project cars to modify, this highboy was being restored to original condition when the current owner bought it. More »

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Optioned Out: A well-appointed 1932 Chrysler Eight

With 3,198 sold, the five-passenger sedan was by far the most popular of the five 1932 Chrysler Eight models. Owner Bob Wagner duplicated the factory-optional stone guards on the V-shaped radiator grille of his car.

There’s nothing like being in the right place at the right time. Just ask Bob Wagner – owner of a well-appointed 1932 Chrysler Eight. More »

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Watching The Fords Go By: ‘A’ ghost story

Zeke and Molly Hill owned a 1930 Model A roadster similar to this one. This original Model A was photographed in 1955.

Are you intrigued by anecdotal stories about old Fords and the people connected to them? Check out this ghost story… if you dare… More »

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Car of the Week: 1936 Oldsmobile L-36 touring sedan


Larry Severson liked old cars but didn’t own one when he came across his “barn find” 1936 Oldsmobile L-36 sedan back in 1991. He didn’t consider himself a likely candidate to rescue an old machine, that’s for sure. More »

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Champion barn find: Long-lost ’32 Ford was drag-racing star

This 1932 Ford was built for the first World Series of Drag Racing, and after that 1954 race, it was parked and never run again.

A barn find with history: 1932 Ford Deluxe three-window coupe was a winner at first World Series of Drag Racing. More »

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Buick find: Gear head buys his ‘first love’


Almost every collector remembers the first car they drove, or the first car that brought them into the hobby as a kid. Very few of those collectors have the chance to own one of those special cars from their past, but count Leonard Anderson among the lucky few who owns the car that was both to him. More »

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Car of the Week: 1933 Ford Deluxe ‘woodie’ station wagon


Roland Foss admits he never would have guessed how rare and valuable his 1933 Ford Deluxe “woodie” would become when he stopped and made an impulse buy 46 years ago. More »

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1940 Graham convertible survivor to be shown at concours

The only surviving 1940 Graham convertible — and the first 1940 Graham built — will be displayed this summer for the first time since 1952.

The only known 1940 Graham Hollywood two-passenger convertible will be seen publicly for the first time since 1952 when it’s dusted off for the Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s in Plymouth, Mich., on July 29. More »

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Ford family reunion: Invitational to reunite longtime stable mates

Jim DeGolyer bought this 1929 Ford Model A Tudor in 1967 for just $25. For many years prior, it shared a roof with a 1934 Ford Cabriolet with which it will be reunited at the Invitational at Saratoga.

By Bill Rothermel This year’s Invitational at Saratoga on May 20 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., will reunite two former roommates 44 years after they last shared a roof. Jim DeGolyer’s 1929 Ford Model A Tudor and Jason Tagliaferri’s 1934 Ford … More »

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Museum is focus of new Model A foundation

By Peter Winnewisser In 1987, several Model A Ford enthusiasts who were determined to save not only Model A cars and trucks, but also the memorabilia and documented history of the Model A, formed the Model A Ford Foundation Inc. … More »

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