Image Gallery: Classic Cars

1935 Auburn Supercharged 851 front view
The 1935 Auburn 851 Speedsteris among classic cars profiled in these articles. See more pictures of classic cars.

Classic cars captivate us with their beauty, rarity and engineering, with the memories they evoke, the history they capture. The articles collected here present concise, authoritative profiles of more than 400 American and import classic cars built from 1930 to 2000.

The grandest Imperials, Lincolns, and Packards are just some of the unquestioned American classics represented.

Bentley, Bugatti, and Rolls Royce are among the many import-brand immortals featured.

These articles also embrace great cars that hover just outside the most-exalted circles. So you'll read about the 1954 Kaiser-Darrin DKF161, 1955 Chrysler C300, 1959 Studebaker Silver Hawk, and other bona fide collectibles.

Classic cars can be modern favorites, too, and can even be cars celebrated for their quirky individuality.

That's why we've included articles on such recent gems as the 1990-2000 Acura NSX, 1987-1990 BMW M3, and 1992-1995 Ford Taurus SHO. It's also why we acknowledge such delightful eccentrics as the 1958 Edsel Pacer, 1951 Henry J DeLuxe, and 1954 -1956 Nash Metropolitan.

Each article places the subject car in its historical context, and outlines the qualities that make it a classic. Attributes such as its performance or styling are included in a list of "Pluses." Deficits like build quality or propensity to rust are counted among its "Minuses."

A vital key to classic and collectible status -- the number of each car built -- is listed in a "Production" roundup, while handy charts list vehicle dimensions, weights, and price when new.

Details about engines, their horsepower, and the years in which they were available are provided, as well.

To make your journey easier, we've divided these classic cars alphabetically by manufacturer, and separately by decade.

Begin your ride into the world of classic cars on the next page.

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