Cars of the Thirties

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Wings of Honor

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Different models:

  • Speedster - Sporty roadster
  • Roadster - Two seat convertible or without roof
  • Convertible - A retractable fabric roof
  • Cabriolet - Usually two door convertible
  • Phaeton - Four door convertible without side curtains
  • Tourer - Four or five seats, convertible with side curtains
  • Coupe - Two doors, one row of seats, fixed roof
  • Sedan - Two rows of seats, fixed roof
  • Saloon - British sedan
  • Touring - Large, usually two rows of seats
  • Brougham - Luxurious sedan
  • Limousine - Driver usually separated from passengers
  • Town car - Driver in the open or convertible, rear fixed roof
  • Station - Full-size back cargo compartment
  • Woody - Station with wooden sides

Dirty 30s!

Alfa Romeo

Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza "Muletto"

Top speed: 140 mph Engine: Supercharged straight 8 cyl, 2336cc, 178 hp Capacity: 2 seats Price:

In 1931, when new auto racing regulations were implemented, Alfa Romeo resolved to develop a new 8 cylinder racer. For power, they selected the proven veteran 165 hp motor with 5400 rpm. The engine was housed in a completely new body designed in accordance with the new regulations then in effect. It's debut at the 9th Grand Prix of Italy brought Alfa Romeo a fabulous success and the trail of victories continued throughout 1931 and 1932. Through additional technical improvements which increased the engine output to 178 hp, speeds of up to 225 km/h could be achieved. Probably best known driver of this model was Caracciola. As an honor to the car's stamina Caracciola nicknamed the car "Muletto".

By 1934 the "Monzas" remained in the hands of privateer drivers. Some of the cars were rebuilt to Monopostos, notably the ones owned by Swedish driver Widengren, Norwegian Björnestad and German Pietsch.

Auburn

Most of the Auburn cars carry a signature plate by test driver Abe Jenkins of the old Auburn Automobile Company that certifies that the cars were driven in excess of 100 mph. Test driving was done on the country roads surrounding Auburn, Indiana during the 1930's. There are local stories that the Indiana State Police simply gave up trying to ticket the test drivers, becausthere was no way the police cars could keep up with the Auburns

Auburn 1931 5 Passenger 2 door Brougham

2 door Auburn Brougham 1931 Price $945 127 inch wheelbase 98HP straight 8

A long Large roomy car with a door so wide rear seat passengers can enter without disturbing those in front

Auburn 1931 Convertible Cabriolet

Convertible Cabriolet Auburn 1931 Price $1045 127 inch wheelbase 98HP straight 8

Includes finest leather upholstery, specially designed window construction that positively prevents rattle, finger tip door handles and adjustable steering wheel in the Convertible Cabriolet

Auburn 1931 4 door Sedan

4 door Auburn Sedan 1931 Price $995 127 inch wheelbase 98HP straight 8

A 4 door sedan with deep restful cushions and the widest rear seat . An Adjustable front seat, only 68 inches high but extremely roomy and very comfortable

Auburn 1930 125 Cabriolet

Price $1595 125 HP straight Eight 130" wheelbase

Auburn 1935 851 Boattail Speedster

Top speed: >100 mph Engine: Supercharged straight 8, side valves, 4559cc, 150hp Capacity: 2 seats, golf bag door Price $2245

The Boat Tail Speedster was one of the last cars made by Auburn with 150HP engine 4.6 Ltr supercharged eight and designed to attract the young and rich but the depression meant that even this magnificent pinnacle of Auburn found sales difficult

Auburn changes and models for each year

1930 --- three chassis offered 6-85, 8-95, and 125
1932 --- Auburn cars are reduced up to $400 dollars to try and sell cars
1933 --- Updated styling and use of All Steel Construction
1935 --- Abe Jenkins sets 70 records in a speedster including one burst of speed at 160 MPH
1936 --- This is the final year for full production of Auburn cars with a total of 1180 cars made

The 1935-1936 Auburn Supercharged 851/852 had prices and demand to suit. Styling was by the late Gordon Buehrig, engineering was by August Duesenberg, and both were directed by Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg president Harold T. Ames. Supercharged Auburns were identified by an outside exhaust on the left side of the hood.

This 1935 Auburn 851 Speedster was part of the 1935-36 Auburn Supercharged 851/852 series. The speedster returned after being discontinued in '34 and all were supercharged. Speedsters featured beautiful pontoon fenders and a boattail influenced by one of Buehrig's Duesenberg designs. Duesenberg's engine was an extension of the 1934 Eight but with 150 horsepower courtesy of its Schwitzer-Cummins blower.

Speedsters claimed an honest 100 mph off the showroom floor and were among the most breathtakingly beautiful automobiles of all time, yet in 1935 they sold for just $2,245. Most Classic enthusiasts wish they had a time machine for cars like these.

Production of the 1935-1936 Auburn Supercharged 851/852: Approximately 500

Specifications of the 1935-1936 Auburn Supercharged 851/852: Wheelbase, inches: 127.0 Length, inches: NA Weight, pounds: 3,565-3,729 Price, new: $1,445-2,245

Austin

Austin 7 Swallow

Austin 7 Ruby

Austin 10 Cambridge

Austin Big 7 Convertible

Austin Eight Two-Door Saloon

Auto Union

Auto Union D-type V12

Bentley

The 1933-1937 Bentley 31/2 Litre was the first Bentley after the original "W.O." firm crashed in 1931 and was taken over by Rolls-Royce. It featured a modified Rolls-Royce 20/25 engine and an entirely new chassis.

This 1936 Bentley 31/2 Litre 2-door convertible is part of the 1933-37 Bentley 31/2 Litre line. 1936 Bentley 3 1/2 Litre 2-door convertible. See more pictures of Bentley cars. The 1933-1937 Bentley 31/2 Litre was the first Bentley after the original "W.O." firm crashed in 1931 and was taken over by Rolls-Royce. It featured a modified Rolls-Royce 20/25 engine and an entirely new chassis.

Compared with earlier Bentleys, this was the "Silent Sports Car" -- softer in character, more refined, and even better built. Really a quasi-Rolls, it has been called a "Rolls-Bentley" by many. Power outputs were unstated, and a synchro gearbox with right-hand gearchange restated the pedigree.

The 1933-1937 Bentley 31/2 Litre was built at Derby, not Cricklewood, as a rolling chassis only, so bodies came from outside coachbuilders. Though capable of more than 90 mph in fine style and comfort, the car was still backward, with leaf springs and beam axles front and rear, plus very British styling.

Production of the 1933-1937 Bentley 31/2 Litre: 1,177

Specifications of the 1933-1937 Bentley 31/2 Litre: Wheelbase, inches: 126.0 Length, inches: 174.0 Weight, pounds: 3,400-3,500 Price, new: NA

Engines for the 1933-1937 Bentley 31/2 Litre:

Type Size Horsepower Years ohv I-6 3,669 cc (224 cid) NA 1933-1937

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The 1936-1939 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre was a lineal descendant of the 3 1/2 Litre, with the same chassis, suspension, and choice of custom bodies. Its larger engine's extra power and torque -- neither ever revealed -- made up for the heavier coachwork and equipment that always came along.

This 1937 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre hardtop coupe was part of the 1936-39 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre series. 1937 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre hardtop coupe. See more pictures of Bentley cars. As before, the 41/4 Litre was a Rolls-Royce with a Bentley badge and 90+ mph performance but no independent front suspension. From late 1938, an "overdrive" transmission with geared-up top was fitted to make the car better suited to fast roads.

Many of the 41/4 Litres had Park Ward bodies, without wooden framing, so they've lasted better.

Production of the 1936-1939 Bentley 41/4 Litre: 1,234

Specifications of the 1936-1939 Bentley 41/4 Litre: Wheelbase, inches: 126.0 Length, inches: 192.0 Weight, pounds: 3,750 Price, new: NA

Engines for the 1936-1939 Bentley 41/4 Litre:

Type Size Horsepower Years ohv l-6 4,257 cc (260 cid) NA 1936-1939

Blackhawk

The 1930 Blackhawk was offered with an advanced 85-horsepower overhead-cam six or a more conventional L-head straight eight by Continental.

First-year production for the 1930 Blackhawk was a disappointing 1,310 units. Although sixes were listed for 1930, it is believed that only eights were actually built.

The 1930 Blackhawk was priced in the $2,000-2,800 range and thus an upper-medium car, though one wonders how it came to be rated a Classic. It has no relation to the famous Stutz Black Hawk (two words) speedster.

Production of the 1930 Blackhawk: 280 (calendar year)

Specifications of the 1930 Blackhawk: Wheelbase, inches: 127.5 Length, inches: NA Weight, pounds: NA Price, new: $2,000-$2,800

Engines for the 1930 Blackhawk:

Type Size Horsepower Years ohc I-6 241.5 cid 85 1930 sv I-8 268.5 cid 90 1930

BMW

BMW 315 Roadster

BMW 328 Roadster

Top Speed: 93 mph Engine: six-cylinder, overhead valves, 1971cc, 80hp Capacity: 2 seats Price 7,400 reichsmarks

Bugatti

The 1936-1938 Bugatti Type 57S/SC was even better than the Type 57; this was the more sporting short-chassis version. Sold with the same normally aspirated (S) or supercharged (SC) engines, it had dry-sump lubrication and a higher state of tune for more power. Mechanically, it was the same otherwise.

1937-1939 Type 57SC Atlantic coupe, part of the 1936-1938 Bugatti Type 57S/SC line of collectible cars The 1936-1938 Bugatti Type 57S/SC possessed quite startling coachwork, still with the unmistakable "horseshoe" radiator. They are just as irresistible to the very rich now as they were then. The best 57SCs could top 135 mph -- unbelievable by late-1930s standards. Today, very few are ever bought or sold.

Production of the 1936-1938 Bugatti Type 57S/SC: Approximately 40

Specifications of the 1936-1938 Bugatti Type 57S/SC: Wheelbase, inches: 118.0 Length, inches: 159.0 Weight, pounds: Approximately 2,700 Price, new: NA

Engine for the 1936-1938 Bugatti Type 57S/SC: Type Size Horsepower Years dohc I-8 3,257 cc (199 cid) 175/200* 1935-1938

  • Net; supercharged (1937-1938)

Buick

Buick Roadster

Buick Special

Engine: Straight 8, 100hp Capacity: 7 seats Price $495 Fireball Straight Eight 1937

Buick 1930

Price $1195

Buick build better automobiles and they come in 15 luxurious body types ranging in price from $1190 to $2070

Buick 1932

Price $995

The new Buick for 1932 with wizard control with automatic clutch controlled freewheeling and new valve in head engine

Buick 60 series Victoria

Price $1,310 1933

60 series Victoria coupe with new dash mounted starter button and carpeted rear compartment

Buick 1934 Price $925

5 passenger club sedan series 40

Buick 1933 Sports Coupe

sports coupe Buick 1934 Price $825

The car with rumble seat for 2 or 4 passengers

Buick 4 door sedan 1936

The new Buick has more flowing lines and more powerful engine with light alloy pistons and with a new price reduction

Buick 1938

It's a big honey for a little money with new dynaflash ignition


Buick changes and models for each year

1930 ----- Major restyle of all models with new series 40, 50 and 60 replacing older models and new adjustable drivers seats installed in all new Buicks
1932 ----- Dual taillights are introduced on most models
1933 ----- New styling includes fuller skirted fenders and more sweeping body curves
1935 ----- An Automatic choke is added on all models
1937 ----- Buicks receive handsome restyling
1938 ----- Rear Coil Suspension is added
1939 ----- Rear Turn signals become standard equipment and pushbutton radios introduced

Cadillac

Cadillac GO 1936

Price $1900 V8 Engine

The New Cadillac attacks the lower price Market with this new GO, with sway stabilizers and improved traction

Cadillac 1931 Town Sedan

Price $2845 V8 Engine V8 Town Sedan

Cadillac 1939 The New Cadillac 61

Price $1345 V8 Engine

The new Cadillac 61 the value sensation of the century for hundreds of dollars less

Cadillac 1935 Passenger Sedan

Body style of exceptional beauty with this V8 5 passenger Sedan, independent front wheel suspension, and form fitting springs in the deeply upholstered cushions

Cadillac 1938 The New Fleetwood

The comfort and luxury offered by Cadillacs new fleetwood with great interior roominess and cheap to buy and maintain and the amazing new sychromatic gear shift

Cadillac changes and models for each year

1930 ----- Cadillac is the first to introduce a V16 engine the first in the industry
1932 ----- Cadillac suffers from deep depression with less sales across its range
1933 ----- All Models get Hydraulic Brakes as standard
1938 ----- Revolutionary Sixty Special Debuts to critical acclaim

Chevrolet

Chevrolet Six 1930 From $555 -- $755

Choose Chevrolet for smoothness, beauty, safety, economy and service cars ranging from, Sports Roadster, Coach, Coupe, Sports Coupe, The Sedan

Chevrolet 1935 Standard

Prices from $465

Worlds lowest price 6 , improved master blue flame engine, pressure steam oiling , cable brakes

Chevrolet 1936

Now with Chevrolet Improved Hydraulic brakes and a more powerful engine and balanced carburetors for more fuel economy

Chevrolet 1935 Master Deluxe

Prices from $560

New Master De luxe Chevrolet with improved master blue flame engine, pressure steam oiling , cable brakes and shock proof steering

Chevrolet 1939 - 1940 Price $659

The new Chevrolet with exclusive vacuum power shift, silent valve in head engine, synchromesh transmission, new sealed beam headlights

Chevrolet 6 1932

From $475

Performance thrills 0 to 35 mph in 6.7 seconds 60 horsepower silent synchromesh gearbox experience the joy of open top driving without stress or strain. Wide Range of Models included in The Chevrolet 6 Series

Chevrolet changes and models for each year

1930 ----- Chevrolet introduces the dashboard mounted fuel gauge
1931 ----- All cars now fitted with Wire Wheels as standard and all prices are lowered in depressed market
1933 ----- Longer lower styling is introduced on Eagle Series and Automatic Electric Starter is introduced
1935 ----- Prices for all models range from $465 to $695
1936 ----- The Improved blue flame engine now produces 85 BHP and all windows use safety glass as standard

Chrysler

Chrysler 1938 Imperial Prices From $1125 110 HP All Steel Bodies Phenomenal Value at a remarkable price , gold seal engine 3 inch longer wheelbase hydraulic brakes, dual carburation, airflow weight distribution and split second performer

Chrysler 8 5 passenger Coupe 1932

$1925 125 HP

floating power ( Rubber Engine Mounts ), gear selecting, automatic clutch, centrifuge brake drums,

Chrysler Imperial Custom Roadster 1930

Prices from $2995

For those who really care about the cars they drive

Chrysler 6 1936 4 Door Sedan

Longer Lower Sturdier and Speedier with the new Airflow design, with more elbow room, more comfort and quieter riding

Chrysler 1932 Prices from $1125

The Six Line included the 4 door sedan shown

1930 --- Chryslers first Eight Cylinder car ( CD8 )makes it debut
1933 ----- The Chrysler Royal Eight Series CT replaces the the CP Eight with new styling a shorter wheelbase and smaller engine
1934 ----- Four Airflow Models are launched Americas most advanced production car on 4 different wheelbases with the new streamlined look and design
1936 ----- Following the launch of the Airstream models some minor facelifts are done
1937 ----- All models are redesigned with more rounded curves and all cars now fitted with wind shield defroster vents

Citroen

Citroën Traction avant

Top Speed: 80 mph Engine: 4 cyl in-line, 1911cc, 56hp Capacity: 4 seats

The 1934-1957 Citroën “Traction avant” was the product of the French mass-production pioneer of front drive and all-steel unit construction, the latter encouraged -- and tooled -- by America's Budd Body Company. It boasted many advances, including pushrod ohv engines, removable wet cylinder liners, independent front suspension, and four-wheel torsion-bar springing.

The driveline put a three-speed manual gearbox ahead of the differential and engine. This layout influenced the U.S. Cord 810/812. The shifter poked through the dash and worked "backwards," an artifact of Andre Citroën's aborted plan for automatic transmission.

Styling, now long world-famous, was low-slung -- just 60 inches high, some 18 inches below the contemporary norm -- emphasized by omitting running boards. Wheels at the extreme corners made for exceptional interior space, a smooth ride, and -- with fairly broad track dimensions -- high stability.

There were progressive improvements and more powerful four-cylinder engines, plus a six-cylinder alternative from 1938. Mainstay models were four-door sedans: four-seat legere ("light"), stretched five/six-seat normale, and longer seven/nine-passenger familiale. The last had a lift-up rear-end panel -- an early hatchback -- and was also sold with removable seats as a commerciale. A 2+2 coupe and convertible were built for a time, as was a low-volume five-seat coupe de ville.

The 1934-1957 Citroën “Traction avant” was not fundamentally changed postwar, but it saw further improvements and, from 1953, "trunkback" styling. Starting in 1954, some 3000 Sixes received the radical new oleopneumatic suspension system from the forthcoming 1955 DS19, though Traction assemblies didn't stop until July 1957.

Production of the 1934-1957 Citroën “Traction avant:” 4-cylinder: 708,339 6-cylinder: 50,518 (includes prewar British-built models)

Specifications of the 1934-1957 Citroën “Traction avant:” Wheelbase, inches: 114.5 (7CV, 11 legere); 121.5 (15/Six and 11 normale); 129.0 (11 familiale/commerciale) Length, inches: 184 (7CV/11 legere); 191 (15/Six and 11 normale); 198.5 (11 familiale/commerciale) Weight, pounds: 2650-2950 Price, new: $1,798-2,686 (1955 U.S. POE)

Engines for the 1934-1957 Citroën “Traction avant:”

Type	   	   Size		Horsepower	  Years
ohv I-4		 79.5 cc	    32		   1934
ohv I-4		 93.3 cc	    35		   1934
ohv I-4		 99.3 cc	    36		1934-1941
ohv I-4		116.6 cc	  45/56		1934-1957
ohv I-6		175.0 cc	    77		1938-1957

Cord

Delahaye

DeSoto

The Depression was hardly the right time for anything startlingly different, yet the 1934-1937 Chrysler/DeSoto Airflow -- a "car of the future" -- should have been a sales smash. Ironically, it almost was. Here's a thought-provoking new look at the first truly modern automobile, its troubled birth, and its enormous impact on Detroit engineering.

Among the great and not-so-great American cars of the tumultuous 1930s, none were more influential or predictive than the Chrysler/DeSoto Airflow. Yet despite being at the very forefront of styling and engineering progress, it proved an unmitigated sales disaster.

The Airflow was unquestionably a mistake of major proportions, a failure so complete that it would cast a pall over Chrysler Corporation design for the next 20 years. Company founder Walter P. Chrysler introduced it in early 1934 by declaring, "I believe it will bring about a whole new trend in personal transportation." And he was right -- judging by the similar but far more successful Lincoln Zephyr, which arrived just two years later.

But the Airflow is remembered today chiefly as a marketing flop. For years its name was the best-known synonym for that in automotive circles, at least before the Edsel.

Commented one well-known industry analyst of the period: "Its appearance is unusual, but once you get used to it you will admire it." Yet by and large, that never happened. For all its many real advances, buyers avoided the Airflow like the proverbial plague. Many were put off by its looks. Some shied away because of ill-founded rumors. Thus it was that these unique and brilliantly conceived motorcars quickly became the objects of scorn and ridicule as few cars have before or since.

Nevertheless, the pioneering Chrysler/DeSoto Airflow must rank as one of the most significant single designs in U.S. automotive history. Although its styling remains controversial to this day, it was the first example of streamlining in American mass production and, as such, largely established the shape of the automobile as we know it today.

Then too, in its basic construction, engine placement, ride quality, and many other areas, the Airflow marked a complete break with existing design conventions, which for the most part were simply extensions of horse-and-buggy practices.

Dodge

Dodge 1935 Prices From $645

The new dodge with airglide ride with new leaf springs and lowered floor for more headroom

Dodge 1933 $1,115

The DO Model with rumble seat and 100 HP engine with new streamlined radiator

Dodge 1936 4 Door Sedan

Prices from $640 New headlights assure them safe driving at night and improved spring suspension and improved steering

Dodge 1931 The DG 8 Combines beauty , quality and dependability with 84 HP

Dodge Eight 5 passenger Coupe 1932

All the convenience of the sedan with smaller wheels and larger tires with overall great reliability

Dodge changes and models for each year

1930 ---- a new 114 inch wheel base Series DC introduced as the first 8 cylinder model
1931 ----- A new DC Eight replaces the existing model with bigger engine and longer wheelbase
1932 ----- The New Dodge Ram Ornament appears for the first time
1933 ----- The Dodge DP Six replaces the the DL Six with new styling and new chassis
1935 ----- The new DU Value Six is introduced with revised styling and 116 inch wheelbase
1936 ----- All dodges have windshield defroster vents
1938 ----- Rumble Seat coupes and Convertible sedans are dropped

Duesenberg

DuPont

In 1928, duPont introduced their first eight-cylinder engine and their Model G. The Continental engine displaced 5.3-liters and produced 125 horsepower. The Model G was available as a phaeton, coupe, sedan, Victoria, limousine, sport, and convertible. Coachbuilders were given the opportunity to great the elegant bodies for this ultra-luxury vehicles, such as Merrimac, Derham, and Waterhouse. The cost to own one was between $4,360 and $6,125 depending on coachwork and configuration.

A few duPonts were even used in racing, though they picked the world's greatest stages to showcase their talents. Their initial example to enter the LeMans was declined since rules stated that four seats were required. In response, two four-passenger speedster were created, one was ready in time for the race. The car ran strong until it was forced to retire prematurely from the 24-Hour race. In 1930 a duPont was entered in the Indianapolis 500. The car raced for 22 laps before swerving to avoid a pile-up and running into a wall.

The Model H was introduced in 1930 and produced until 1931. Only three examples were ever created. They rested on a long 12-feet, 2-inch wheelbase - one example was named the 'Most Elegant Open Car' at the 2005 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

Fiat

Fiat 500 Topolino

Top speed: 53 mph Engine: 4cyl in-line side valves, 569cc, 8hp Capacity: 2 saets + 50 kg luggage Price: 10,000 lires Maximum climbable gradient: 22%

Ford

Ford 1934 V8

Price from $535 --- $610

The Car of the modern age , with carburetion, and clear vision ventilation, with a newly designed chromium plated grill , increased springs and swivel type sun visors

Ford 1932 V8 Tudor Sedan

$500

V8 Tudor Sedan 65 HP

Ford 1936 V8

Price from $510

A beautiful ford car with new style new driving ease and new safety and includes easier steering and new design steel wheels

Ford 1935 V8

The finest safest most dependable ford ever built the ford V8 engine gives power and performance

Ford changes and models for each year

1930 ----- The Model A is given a new grille hood and cowl and the first use of Stainless steel brightwork on Radiator shell
1931 ----- Despite Recession Ford opens new plants in Dagenham in England and Cologne in Germany
1932 ----- The new model B series is introduced and the new V8 powered Model 18 is shown for the first time
1933 ----- All Fords are completely redesigned on a longer chassis and Ford V8 Engine now is 75 HP
1934 ----- Enamel paint replaces hand-buffed lacquer on all fords
1935 ----- Ford restyles the Model 48 with longer wider bodies and a narrower grille and 16 inch wheels
1936 ----- New steel disc wheels replace wire wheels for smoother ride
1937 ----- A Ford V8 wins the Monte Carlo Rally
1937 ----- Addition of 60 HP mini-V-8 engines for some '37 models...limited production + standard 85HP V-8. Short-lived. Information provided by BB
1939 ----- All Fords adopt Hydraulic Brakes

Hillman

Hillman Minx

Hispano-Suiza

Hispano-Suiza H6C

The 1930-1934 Hispano-Suiza H6C was a massive six-cylinder machine from the renowned Franco-Spanish concern and one of its best. It was built in both France and Spain like most "Hissos," and like Rolls-Royce offered only as a rolling chassis. French specialists supplied most of the coachwork.

1928 Hispano-Suiza H6C boattail roadster, offered only as a rolling chassis

The H6C's high weight limited top speed to 90 mph for all except the very rare short-chassis Boulognes. All French-built examples had right-hand drive.

The H6C featured strictly vintage-style chassis engineering with beam axles on leaf springs at both ends. The engine was the jewel in this particular crown, and the name did the rest. Like a vintage Bentley, you bought it for what it said about you rather than what it was -- plus, of course, its locomotive-like reliability.

Production of the 1930-1934 Hispano-Suiza H6C: 264 (began 1924)

Specifications of the 1930-1934 Hispano-Suiza H6C: Wheelbase, inches: 133.5/146 Length, inches: 165.0/178.0 Weight, pounds: approximately 4,000 Price, new: NA

Engines for the 1930-1934 Hispano-Suiza H6C: Type Size Horsepower (gross) Years ohc I-6 7982 cc (487 cid) 150 1930-1934

Hudson

Hudson Straight 8 1934

Price from $695

Hudson Straight 8 with it's dynamic streamlining 108 full HP enclosed baggage compartment and 3 beam headlights

Hudson 112 Deluxe Touring Sedan 1939

Price from $835

The best for economy and performance made to drive in the 40's and with 29 mpg it's the best in its class for economy built in radio grille

Hudson Great 8 1937

with its beauty and rich distinction powerful 8 cylinder engine the Hudson Great 8 is the car to own

Hudson changes and models for each year

1931 ----- Hudson Cars become the first American cars fitted electric start system
1932 ----- Hudson cars are given a facelift and larger more powerful engines
1933 ----- Freewheeling is made standard on all Models
1936 ----- Complete redesign with longer wheelbase and carry over engines
1937 ----- New models are Bigger and more powerful than earlier models with wider and longer bodies
1939 ----- Steering column gearshifts option offered


Humber

International

Jaguar

Lagonda

Lancia

Lancia Dilambda 1931

LaSalle

1930 LaSalle Sedan

Lincoln

Lincoln Zephyr 1935

The V12 Lincoln Zephyr advanced streamlining and new standards of power, comfort, safety and beauty

Lincoln 7 passenger all weather Brougham 1930

Price from $7000 Unmistakable Quality and Unfailing command

Lincoln 1932 Town Sedan

The KA series Town Sedan

Lincoln Le Baron Convertible Roadster 1935

Price from $5,000

Le Baron Convertible Roadster

Lincoln changes and models for each year

1931 ----- New Model K series introduced with longer chassis and more powerful engine
1932 ----- Lincoln introduces the V12 Engine in some of its models
1934 ----- All Lincoln Models powered by V12 Engine and prices drop by $100 due to standardized use of engine
1935 ----- All models redesigned with rounder styling and more comfortable ride and oil filter fitted on standard on all models
1936 ----- New Zephyr Line introduced as a medium priced car
1938 ----- Zephys's receive first major restyling since introduction and wheelbase is stretched to 125 inches

Mercedes

MG

MG L2 Magna

MG PB

MG TA Roadster

Morris

Morris Cowley

Morris Minor

Morris Eight Two-door Coupe

Morris 8 Series E

Morris 10/4 Series II

Nash

Nash 1939

Price $999

The great new Nash Terrific pickup from 15MPH to 50MPH in less than 15 seconds sealed beam lights and all helps this car to say goodbye to winter and arrow straight steering

Nash Super Eight 1936

Price from $995

Nash Super Eight the only fine car priced under $1000

Nash Coupe 400 1934

The new Nash 1934 Coupe with newly designed airfoil design massive chrome bumpers with carpeted floors oil and fuel filters just some of the latest advances for this car

Nash 1932

Now there are 8 Nash Convertibles to choose from with the new Nash slip stream profile with slanting windscreens

Nash changes and models for each year

1930 ----- The new Twin Ignition Eight is first Eight Cylinder Engine introduced by Nash
1931 ----- Nash introduces the new Series 870
1932 ----- Unlike many Car Manufacturers despite the recession and falling sales Nash do make a profit
1935 ----- Nash Complete Redesign includes Aeroform styling and overdrive and hydraulic brakes as standard
1936 ----- A double Bed conversion is offered for sleeping in the car
1939 ----- hand brake added adjustable front seat and new soundproofing

Oldsmobile

Opel

Packard

Packard Light 8 5 passenger Sedan 1932

$1750

110 HP on 126 inch chassis include silent synchromesh transmission quiet in all 3 speeds hydraulic shock absorber and shatter proof glass

Packard Deluxe 8 Roadster 1930

$3,490

Deluxe 8 Roadster and a rear mounted spare wheel with a rumble seat

Packard Custom 8 club sedan 1931

$2,750

Custom 8 club sedan

Packard changes and models for each year

1931 ----- The Speedster line of cars is dropped
1933 ----- new Two-Barrel down draft carburetor introduced and ups the engines to 120 HP and 135 HP , power brakes standard on all models
1934 ----- Option for Factory installed car radio is offered on all models for $79.95
1937 ----- The Six is introduced with prices starting at $795

Pierce-Arrow

Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow 1933

Capacity: 4 seats Price: $10,000

The 1933 Silver Arrow was a magnificent exercise in art deco and streamlining, created by Phil Wright, an independent designer. Wright approached several auto makers with his very advanced design and Studebaker/Pierce-Arrow decided to put it in production. In 1933, Pierce-Arrow, no longer linked to Studebaker, built five of the Silver-Arrows, which sold for $10000 then. Only four still exist. Powered by a V12, the Silver-Arrow was a hit of the 1933 Chicago World's Fair. Running boards were concealed, as were the spare tires. Its tapered back and split rear window and smooth front fenders facing into the body side was in harmony with art deco trends of the day. And it retained the signature Pierce-Arrow headlamps tapering into the swooping front fenders.

Plymouth

Plymouth 6 1933 prices range from $445 to $545

Plymouth 6 made in the following models 2 door sedan, 4 door sedan, rumble coupe,

Plymouth Roadking 5 passenger sedan 1938

$685

New Riding comfort with airplane style shock absorbers an all steel body , double action hydraulic brakes. Plymouth Deluxe 4 door touring Sedan 1936 50 new improvements for the new Plymouth , from the sweeping radiator and the built in trunk in the rear , and have been made much more roomier and more luxurious

Plymouth 1934

The Worlds lowest priced car with individual springing four rings per piston an engine oil filter for better lubrication and an independent hand brake operating independently for extra safety

Plymouth 5 passenger sedan 1932

Vibrations less floating power four cylinder with the smoothness of an 8 completely insulated

Plymouth changes and models for each year

1930 ----- Model U prices are cut by $65.00 to compete with lower priced market
1932 ----- The Roadsters end production
1933 ----- Plymouth introduces the Model PJ as the only Model line with Standard, Business and Deluxe models

Pontiac

Pontiac straight 8 1936

Prices from $615

The Pontiac straight 8 available in 6 body styles more beautifully than ever built to last 100,000 miles with improved hydraulic brakes synchromesh transmission

1932 Pontiac

Prices From $875

Get a kick out of driving and let a Pontiac show you how to enjoy life

1936 Pontiac

prices range from $675

The big economy Pontiac 6 with the best value in cars

Pontiac changes and models for each year

1933 ----- Prices are reduced drastically to compete in depressed market
1937 ----- A Woody Station Wagon joins the Lineup of models
1938 ----- Column mounted gearshift is offered as an option
1939 ----- Sunroof option offered

Riley

Riley 15/6

Riley Brooklands

Rolls Royce

Singer

Skoda

Stout

Stout Scarab

Studebaker

Studebaker Dictator Sedan 1936

Engine: Straight 6, 3364cc, 90hp Capacity: 4 seats Prices from $665 ($395 used)

New automatic hill holder and new automatic gas overdrive helping you to save gas on the Dictator and President models

Studebaker President 4 door sedan 1935

Prices From $1330

President 4 door sedan with planar suspension

Studebaker Truck 1934

prices range from $625

Studebaker trucks power and performance handsome brutes

Studebaker Champion 1939

The result of two years extended research to provide the best value for money and engineering in a car that will keep you going in the 40's

Studebaker changes and models for each year

1930 ----- Studebaker Buys Pierce Arrow
1932 ----- Slanted windshields are introduced
1934 ----- New body styles with swoopy fenders and model line is reduced to 28 different models
1935 ----- Hydraulic brakes and independent front suspension
1936 ----- Continued streamlining of cars with new grille and split windshield
1937 ----- One piece alligator hinged hood is introduced and sleek new grille
1939 ----- New Champion line introduced at $600 dollars to compete with Chevy Ford and Plymouth

Stutz

Sunbeam

Talbot

In the mid-1920s, Swiss-born Georges Roesch began transforming British-built Talbots with a splendid series of overhead-valve sixes, including the 1930-1935 Talbot 90/105.

By the '30s, mechanical reliability had turned into sporting prowess. The 2.3-liter Talbot 90 raced with honor at Le Mans, and the 3.0-liter Talbot 105 that followed it proved to be a great rally car and endurance racer.

Both were marked by sturdy rather than advanced engineering, with simple carburetion for their deep-breathing power units. Some think of these as "vintage" cars, with a Twenties character, which is confirmed by their hard ride and lack of independent front suspension.

After the French parent company went belly-up in 1935, the British subsidiary was acquired by Lord Rootes and its cars became much more pedestrian.

Production of the 1930-1933 Talbot 90: 216 Production of the 1931-1935 Talbot 105: 335

Specifications of the 1930-1935 Talbot 90/105: Wheelbase, inches: 111.0/114.0 (90/105) Length, inches: 182.0 (average) Weight, pounds: 3,900-4,100 Price, new: NA

Engines for the 1930-1935 Talbot 90/105:

Type Size Horsepower Years ohv I-6 2,276 cc (139 cid) 90* 1930-1933 ohv I-6 2,969 cc (181 cid) 105* 1931-1935

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Talbot Lago T150

Tatra

Terraplane

Top Speed: 82 mph Engine: 3474cc, 80-102hp Capacity: 5 seats Price: $695-$845 The 1934-1937 Terraplane Open Models replaced the Essex Terraplane as a make in its own right for four years, after which it briefly became a Hudson series before the name was retired. These years saw the most interesting styling, a major powerplant change (a new, larger six), longer wheelbases, sleeker body styling, and more performance.

A 1936 sedan tested in Britain did 0-60 mph in 26.6 seconds and delivered 82 mph top speed -- highly creditable for a 2,800-pound car at that time. Open body styles are, as usual, the most desirable. Convertible models numbered two per year except in 1935, when there was only the DeLuxe Six convertible. A six-passenger convertible brougham was added to the DeLuxe and Super lines in 1937, independent front suspension in 1934.

Production of the 1934 Terraplane Open Models: Approximately 2,000 (out of 51,084 total Terraplane production)

Production of the 1935 Terraplane Open Models: Approximately 2,000 (out of 51,134 total Terraplane production)

Production of the 1936 Terraplane Open Models: Approximately 2,000 (out of 86,791 total Terraplane production)

Production of the 1937 Terraplane Open Models: Approximately 2,000 (out of 90,253 total Terraplane production)

Specifications of the 1934-1937 Terraplane Open Models: Wheelbase, inches: 112.0 (1934-35); 115.0 (1936); 116.0 (1934); 117.0 (1937) Length, inches: NA Weight, pounds: 2,590-2,915 Price, new: $695-$845

Engines for the 1934-1937 Terraplane Open Models:

Type Size Horsepower Years sv I-6 212.0 cid 80-102 1934-1937

Volvo

PV36 "Carioca"

Willys

Willys 6 Sedan 1931

Prices from $753

Willys 6 Sedan fully equipped with bumpers, extra tyre, rear view mirror, automatic windshield wiper, this price includes delivery

Willys 2 passenger coupe 1931

prices range from $673

Cars of Luxury and brilliant action, one button on the steering wheel starts the car, provides the horn and lights for finger tip action where you need it

Willys 77 1933

The new Willys 77 has many new unique features and is streamlined through out

Willys 77 4 door sedan 1934

prices range from $450 Model 77 4 door sedan

Willys 1937

Drive the new Willys, the low price, style sensation over 30 MPG

Willys 1936

prices range from $395

Willys 77 the best value car in production starting below $400 for the Coupe

Willys 2 passenger roadster 1931

prices range from $573

Willys 2 passenger roadster with non shattering safety glass and big four wheel brakes . and comfort provided by 4 hydraulic shock eliminators

Willys changes and models for each year

1930 ----- The Whippetts are sold for the last year
1931 ----- Prices cut on all Willys cars to try and gain market share and calls its new 1931 models Silver Streaks
1932 ----- The Willys Overland Name is bought back
1933 ----- Willys introduce the Model 77 as the second cheapest car in America
1934 ----- Willys now only makes one model car the 77
1935 ----- The 77 receives a major facelift with smoother lines
1936 ----- Prices are reduced to $395 for the Coupe and $415 for the four door sedan
1937 ----- The 77 is replaced by the Model 37
1938 ----- Model 37 is changed to Model 38
1939 ----- Prices range from $590 to $689