Cadillac Sixteen – 1930

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During the 1930s the stately flagship of General Motors’ extensive empire was the Cadillac Sixteen, a luxury car aimed at America’s most status-conscious auto buyers. GM’s cunning plan got off to a great start at the beginning of the decade, but ended in tears.

Buick Century – 1936

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1936 was a good year for Buick, with the entire model range being successfully redesigned by the brilliant Harley J Earl and relaunched with suggestive new names.

Buick Roadmaster – 1936

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This is a respected name in US automotive history, for when Buick revamped its model range in 1936 as America started to emerge from the Great Depression, ‘Roadmaster’ was the title chosen for newcomers designed to replace the company’s former Series 80 model.

Bugatti Type 57 – 1934

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This superb series was the first (and last) fruit of Bugatti’s decision to design a single chassis suitable for every body type, where previously there had been separate options for different styles of coach work. As a result, the Type 57 was fitted with a variety of bodies, though the factory only offered four options, … [Read more…]

Bugatti Type 55 – 1932

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These fabulous machines are rare as hen’s teeth, so would-be pilots can only dream of taking to the road in one – but what a dream. Only 38 supercharged Bugatti Type 55s were ever made, over half of those in the launch year, 1932.

Bugatti Type 44 – 1927

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Can the word ‘common’ be applied to any Bugatti? It seems insulting to tar this prestigious marque with such a mundane description, but if a Bugatti can ever be thus described it must, be the Type 44, because more of these popular vehicles were produced than any other type.

Bugatti Type 35 – 1924

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Conceived by a brilliant Italian and built in France, this is the ultimate vintage racing car. The two-seater Bugatti Type 35 was certainly the most successful racer of all time, various models winning over two thousand races and establishing the marque’s mythical status.

BMW 328 – 1936

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First buy the BMW company, then you may get to drive a 328 Mille Miglia – if you ask very nicely. This stupendous vehicle now lives in the company museum and was the culmination of the Bavarian Motor Works’ effort to produce the finest sports car of the 1930s.

Bentley 8L – 1930

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It was the last of the line – arid the most impressive. The 8 liter Bentley made its debut at the Olympia Motor Show in 1930 and caused a sensation. It was the largest car hitherto made in Britain and a serious competitor for the Rolls-Royce Phantom II.