Ford Model T – 1908

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Cheerfully dubbed ‘Tin Lizzie’ or ‘Flivver’, the foundation of the Ford Motor Company’s mighty automotive empire was the Model T, introduced in 1908. The world’s first affordable automobile changed the face of America, kick-starting an industry that generated rapid economic growth in the USA (and beyond, for the Model T was manufactured in 11 other … [Read more…]

Duesenberg SSJ – 1936

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Barring a magnificent one-off, there could be nothing more exclusive than an open-top Duesenberg SSJ Speedster. Only two of these amazing machines were ever made, reflecting Hollywood friendships… or perhaps rivalry in the matinee idol stakes. For one was driven by Clark Gable and the other by Gary Cooper.

Delahaye 135 – 1935

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The Delahaye 135 is a grand representative of the hand-built luxury car for the wealthiest of patrons. Back in 1894 the Delahaye company had been one of the first to produce new-fangled automobiles, although as the business developed they specialized in trucks.

Delage D8S – 1931

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Louis Delage was born two decades before the first automobile wheel turned in anger, but from 1910 this gifted engineer’s cars were winning glory on the track a process culminating in a world land-speed record in 1923 and victory in every major Grand Prix race of 1927.

Cord 810/812 – 1936

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Sensation! So great was the impact created by the Auburn Manufacturing Company’s Cord 810 at the 1936 New York Auto Show that eager visitors climbed on adjacent vehicles to try and see over the excited crowd around a stunning deco-style machine with a coffin nose and wrap-round louvers designed by the great Gordon M Buehrig.

Citroen Traction Avant – 1934

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The name of the game for Citroen in the mid-1930s was ‘frontal traction’, for the phenomenally successful Traction Avant was launched in 1934 and over three-quarters of a million would be sold before eventual discontinuation in 1957.

Chevrolet Master – 1934

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The Chevy has always boon multi-marque General Motors’ best-selling brand in the USA, and the Master was an honorable contributor to this rule during the 1930s. This popular public choice replaced the Master Eagle in 1904 and came in various styles – a four-door limousine, four-door sedan, two-door coach and two-door convertible, though these dropheads … [Read more…]

Cadillac Sixty-Special – 1938

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In the period when American automotive design was evolving from stuck-in-the-Depression-era styles towards the very different cars of the late 1940s, no vehicle was more influential in setting a new agenda than the Cadillac Sixty-Special. This derivative of the Series 60 entry-level Caddie was designed by Bill Mitchell, newly appointed head of styling at Cadillac … [Read more…]