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.

Car of the Week: 1935 Ford

One of the reasons Gilford Burns loved his 1935 Ford Deluxe Tudor was because of all the fun little things he was able to do to the car, thanks to his fondness for gadgetry and his job as an instrument technician for Pan American Airways. Some old Fords from that era got flames and scallops, some went without fenders or hoods. Gilford Burns’ car cruised around with various airplane parts bolted all over it. More »

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The plane got away, but not the ’37 Cord

Banjos, wooden benches and backaches part of the deal
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A First and Last at the Studebaker National Museum

First ’35 Studebaker President and one of the last pre-WW II 1942 models

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Car of the Week: 1932 Pierce Arrow Model 54

Somehow, Pierce-Arrow managed to lose $3 million in 1932, and the following year the company was sold to a new group of investors. But it seems hard to imagine that the company could have been struggling so mightily in the 1930s, even with the Depression gripping the country, when it was producing vehicles as nice as Joe Cyr’s 1932 Model 54 coupe. More »

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Car of the Week: 1932 American Austin Roadster

The American Austin automobiles of the 1930s were some truly unique machines. Almost cartoonishly small, they gained their share of fame and attention, finding roles on the big screen and catching the fancy of some noteworthy celebrities. Alas, the little car with seemingly big potential never got very far with the buying public, and joined a lengthy list of small cars that became orphans at a young age.
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Duesenberg, Alfa Romeo win Best of Show at Fairfield

A 1933 Duesenberg and a 1938 Alfa Romeo were stars of the 2009 Fairfield County Concours. More »

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Keno family ’38 Jaguar up for auction with no reserve

Popular furniture appraisers Leigh and Leslie Keno are selling the family’s beloved SS 100 Roadster at Monterey.
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BARN FINDS BELONG IN THE BARN

BARN FIND. SURVIVOR. DRIVEABLE DREAM. UNTOUCHED ORIGINAL. UNRESTORED. HPOF (Historic Preservation of Original Features) These are labels the hobby has created for cars that time has been kind to. Everyone talks about such cars. Interest is rising and values are … More »

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Car of the Week: 1933 Studebaker President Eight

The mighty were falling in the Depression-plagued 1930s. Deusenberg, Pierce-Arrow and Auburn were among the casualties. But Studebaker soldiered on, thanks in part to its commitment to produce timeless vehicles like the 1933 President Eight.
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A one-of-a-kind ’33 LaSalle Truck

On the showfloor of Jeremy and Dani Thomas’ Unique  Specialty & Classic Cars in Mankato, Minn., sits a Classic not featured in any LaSalle catalog or coachbuilder’s porfolio. More »

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