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Classic Cars


Classic Cars E-H
1933 Hispano-Suiza J12 cabriolet front-three-quarter view
The 1931-1938 Hispano-Suiza J12 vied for title of the world's best car in the 1930s. See more pictures of classic cars.

Classic cars E-H, like any true classics, must be judged though the lens of time. The magic comes when some shunned when they were new emerge later as objects of desire. Discover some of that magic by exploring the links in the chart below.

Find out why cars like the 1958 Edsel Ranger, that poster child of automotive ugliness, is today a collectible.

The list of sought-after Fords is long, and you're invited to explore 17 of the best, including the 1949 Ford Custom V-8 models that revived the marque and the flashy 1957-1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner with its clear roof panel.

Find out why the late-1930s cars from Graham are among the most underrated classic cars of the era. The radical 1938-1940 Graham Supercharger is included here as ample evidence of this low-volume American automaker's unusual approach.

It's the mid 1930s. What is the best car in the world? Learn why some would pick the 1931-1938 Hispano-Suiza J12. This grand automobile drew on international talent to create a bona fide classic.

For profiles, pictures, specs and more on these and other great classic cars, check out:

1958-1959 Edsel Corsair 1958 Edsel Pacer 1958 Edsel Ranger 1959 Edsel Ranger Hardtops
1960 Edsel Villager Wagons 1957-1964 Facel Vega Excellence 1954-1959 Facel Vega FV 1953-1962 Fiat 1100TV
1961-1968 Fiat 2300S 1965-1974 Fiat 850 Coupe & Spider 1952-1954 Fiat 8V 1967-1973 Fiat Dino Spyder & Coupe
1963-1970 Ford (GB) Lotus-Cortina 1949 Ford Custom V-8 (exc. Sedans) 1951 Ford Custom Victoria 1953-1956 Ford F-100 Pickup
1957-1958 Ford Fairlane 500 (exc. Skyliner) 1957-1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner 1962-1964 Ford Galaxie 500XL 1965-1966 Ford Galaxie 500XL
1960-1961 Ford Galaxie Starliner & Sunliner 1992-1995 Ford Taurus SHO 1996-1999 Ford Taurus SHO 1962-1963 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster
1989-1990 Ford Thunderbird Super Coupe 1969 Ford Torino Cobra & Talladega 1968-1969 Ford Torino GT 1932-1938 Ford V-8 Open Models & Wagons
1946-1948 Ford V-8 Super DeLuxe Sportsman 1947-1948 Frazer Manhattan 1949-1950 Frazer Manhattan 1948-1956 Frazer Nash
1930-1939 Frazer Nash Chain-Drive Models 1947 Frazer Standard 1951 Frazer Standard 1963-1968 Glas 1300/1700/1600GT
1965-1968 Glas 2600/3000 GT 1955-57 GMC Suburban 1964-1966 Gordon-Keeble GK1 & GKIT 1938-1940 Graham Supercharger
1952-1954 Henry J Corsair 1952-1954 Henry J Corsair DeLuxe 1951 Henry J DeLuxe 1951 Henry J Standard
1952 Henry J Vangabond 1930-1934 Hispano-Suiza H6C 1931-1938 Hispano-Suiza J12 1984-1987 Honda Civic CRX
1979-1982 Honda Prelude 1983-1987 Honda Prelude 1988-1991 Honda Prelude 1992-1995 Honda Prelude
1935-1956 HRG 1100/1500 1946-1947 Hudson Commodore Eight 1948-1949 Hudson Commodore Eight 1948-1949 Hudson Commodore Six
1935-1938 Hudson Custom Eight 1951-1953 Hudson Hornet 1955-1957 Hudson Hornet 1954 Hudson Jet-Liner
1948-1949 Hudson Super Eight 1953-1954 Hudson Super Jet 1946-1947 Hudson Super Six 1948-1949 Hudson Super Six
1953-1954 Hudson Super Wasp 1952-1954 Hudson Wasp


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