The 1930s was a period of massive expansion in the auto industry. Learn about the Bugatti, Fords, Packards and other classic cars from the the 1930s in this section.
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The 1926-1932 Bugatti Type 41 Royales were ultra-exclusive cars that cost the equivalent of half a million dollars by today's standards. This car featured a massive engine that displaced 12.8 liters, which is big even by today's standards. Learn more.
The 1928-1934 Duesenberg J-Series automobiles were beautiful, well-built machines that were made in low numbers during the Depression. This car stood out above all others when it was introduced at the New York Salon on December 1, 1928. Learn more.
The 1931-1933 Marmon Sixteens were exciting automobiles that were fast, light, and good at climbing hills. The car weighed about 500 pounds less than the rival Cadillac models because of the extensive use of aluminum. Learn about the 1931-1933 Marmon Sixteen.
Only three 1933 Packard Twelve Sport Phaetons were built, all for auto shows. The 160-horsepower V-12 engine is so quiet that one almost needs to see the fan running to know it's running. Find a profile and pictures of the 1933 Twelve Sport Phaeton.
The 1931 Chevrolet Series AE Station Wagon was Chevrolet's first factory-authorized "woody" station wagon. The AE chassis also served as the basis for a series of light-commercial vehicles. Read more about the 1931 Chevrolet Series AE Station Wagon.
The 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Touring Limousine was known as the most innovative and mechanically lavish of prewar Rolls-Royce cars. The Phantom III debuted at the Olympia Motor Show in London with a price tag around $20,000. Learn more about this classic.
The 1932-1935 Graham Blue Streak was a trend setter for the American auto industry during the Depression-era. Its cutting-edge design and performance made the Blue Streak one of the most popular cars at the time. Learn more about the Graham Blue Streak.
When Cadillac introduced its V-16 for 1930 and V-12 in 1931, Packard had no choice but to offer a new multi-cylinder engine. Packard came up with one of its most elegant efforts. Learn more about the 1934 Packard Twelve Sport Phaeton by LeBaron.
Duesenberg advertised its Model J, introduced on December 1,1928, as "The World's Finest Motor Car." The 1936 Duesenberg SSJ Speedster was a sight to behold and so special that only two were built. Check out the rare 1936 Duesenberg SSJ Speedster.
The 1931-1945 Volkswagen Beetle designs never saw high-volume production because they were interrupted by World War II. But they did lead to the reliable low-cost cars that spread worldwide. Read the story of the 1931-1945 Volkswagen Beetle.
Most old-car enthusiasts know of the mighty Duesenberg line of vehicles, "The World's Finest Motor Car." Learn how the gorgeous, luxurious, and expensive 1930 Duesenberg Torpedo Convertible Berline stood out above all the other cars of the era.
The story of the 1932 Plymouth PB Sport Roadster starts with Walter Chrysler who, like Charles Nash, learned about the business at General Motors. Not until 1924 did Chrysler have a car under his name. Check out the 1932 Plymouth PB Sport Roadster.
The 1936 Stout Scarab came about in the early 1930s when William B. Stout, head of the Stout Engineering Laboratories in Dearborn, Michigan, dreamed of a rear-engine, rear-wheel drive combination. Read about the unusual, pioneering 1936 Stout Scarab.
If ever a car was appropriately named, it was the 1939 Studebaker Champion. The Depression had taken its toll, and the very survival of America's oldest automaker depended on this budget-price entry for 1939. Check out the 1939 Studebaker Champion.
Introduced in early 1932, the 1932 Packard Light Eight was the first newly designed Packard since 1923. It was the first medium-price Packard, a "junior edition" intended to help weather the Depression. Learn about the 1932 Packard Light Eight.