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.

Restored ‘Duchess’ 1941 Cadillac special sedan to be offered by RM Auctions

One of the most mesmerizing Cadillac photos included in my book “Cadillac: 100 Years of Innovation” written for General Motors shows a 1941 Cadillac sedan with Series 60-style door window frames, flow-through fenders as found on 1942-and-later Buicks and tastefully absent brightwork. This unique Cadillac built for the Duke of Windsor was nicknamed “Duchess”...

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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 — but it was...

The tiny, well-built Bugatti features unique nautical-style touring coachwork with elegant flying fenders.

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 California seller is offering this 1938 Saoutchik-bodied 1938 Graham convertible on eBay.

1938 Graham convertible by Saoutchik offered for sale

Graham was quite the risk taker, but it had to be in order to continue producing cars through the Great Depression. In the mid 1930s, it was supercharging its mid-priced cars — unheard of in anything less than an Auburn. In 1938, it came out with its edgy Spirit of Motion “shark nose” models...

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 blog post, I...

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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 Era or Pre-War...

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Ginger Rogers’ 1929 Duesenberg stars at 2012 Amelia Island

Vehicle to appear among other legendary Hollywood star cars once belonging to Natalie Wood, Rita Hayworth and Tom Mix The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Foundation announced today that a 265 horsepower 1929 Model J Duesenberg that once belonged to Hollywood darling, Ginger Rogers, will appear at the upcoming Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, March 9-11,...