Pre-War Classics

Prewar Classics: Perhaps the only truly great thing to come out of the Great Depression were the Classics, those often large and very powerful machines with couture coachwork built by cutting-edge body builders. Although these ultra-expensive cars were built for the wealthiest of clientele before the October 1929 stock market crash, the drive to stay alive by builders of these innovative chassis and custom-made bodies in the ensuing 1930s produced the most elegant and beautiful automobiles the world has seen. Here, news and features stories on those extraordinary cars recognized by the Classic Car Club of America are featured, from the straight-eight-powered Duesenberg and Packard to the V-16 Marmon and Cadillac along with every other Classic-era creation that elevated the automobile to an art form.

Car of the Week: 1927 Chrysler five-passenger coach

Pedro Aguilera tried his best to hide his excitement the first time he laid eyes on his 1927 Chrysler. The Port St. Lucie, Fla., resident had no intentions that fateful day four years ago of shopping for a pre-war Chrysler — or a Chrysler of any vintage for that matter —...

Meet Marge’s Bugatti

A 1925 Bugatti Type 23 Brescia tourer from the David V. and Margery Uihlein Collection returned to Monterey, Calif., in the summer of 2011, a full 31 years after it had been selected as winner of the Briggs Cunningham “Most Elegant Open Car” trophy at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance....

A few ‘Editor Photos’ plus a mystery car

Every week, we feature a reader photo in Old Cars Weekly. This “Reader Photo” space is strictly for the vintage photos from readers’ family albums, or other interesting photos readers have stumbled upon while digging through swap meets, antique stores or wherever else images from our automotive past hide. For this...

R.E. Olds family establishes award

The Classic Auto Show & Cruise-In of Dublin, Ohio, a major fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation of Central Ohio, recently announced that the family of Ransom E. Olds, the early automotive pioneer who created the Oldsmobile and REO Companies, has established the R.E. Olds Family Award. This award recognizes the Brass...