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.

Is $9.4 million ‘crazy money’ for a Duesenberg coupe?

Just when I thought Duesenberg prices were simmering down, the one-of-a-kind Murphy coupe built for George Whittell fetched a record auction price for a domestic automobile at Gooding Co.’s Monterey sale last weekend. That record price — $9.4 million, before the buyer’s premium elevated the price to $10.34 million — was about three times...

1934 Packard believed to be sporting Rollston town car coachwork. The car is pictured on New York City's Fifth Avenue in 1937.

Vintage Vanderbilt Packard picture found?

You may recall the article on the unusual 1934 Packard Rollston town car that appeared in Old Cars Weekly and this website here. While writing that article, I knew I had seen a picture of a similar car on eBay, but I could not find it anywhere. Well, as my luck goes, I found...

1941 Graham Hollywood joins ACD Museum permanent collection

A spectacular and rare, supercharged 1941 Graham Hollywood has been given a permanent home at the prestigious Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum in Auburn, Ind. Ken and Stephanie Dunsire, Fort Wayne, Ind., donated the beautiful and significantly historic Graham automobile. This fine example of a fully restored 1941 six-cylinder Graham Hollywood, scored 396 out...

61st Pebble Beach Concours wows the crowds

By Phil Skinner & Elise Levy With a near record crowd jamming onto the Monterey Peninsula in California to attend the 61stedition of the most prestigious exhibition of automobiles in the world, the Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance, no one was disappointed in the fabulous and historic vehicles that were paked on the 18thgreen...

Can you identify the mystery machine?

Old Cars Weekly editor Angelo Van Bogart recently stumbled upon this old photo featuring a couple of Hollywood types and a mysterious car and knew OCW readers would have some fun with the questions posed by the car. There are some clues on the photograph, but they are almost as mysterious as the car....

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Vanderbilt Packard found… again

With the last name “Vanderbilt,” Grace Wilson Vanderbilt couldn’t be seen in anything less than a Packard. The family of her husband, Cornelius Vanderbilt III, had built its fortune on transportation — first ferries, then railroads — so moving and shaking was in the family blood. By Grace Vanderbilt’s lifetime, the shaking evolved to...

SOMETHING DIFFERENT – TOW SHOW

  Chula Vista is a city in southern San Diego County, California, just seven miles from the Mexican border. “Chula Vista” means “beautiful view” in Spanish and a beautiful view of the latest in tow trucks and towing equipment awaited visitors to Wisconsin’s version of Chula vista. That’s the name of the Wisconsin Dells...