1930s Classic Cars
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.
1930 Buick Series 40 Phaeton
1938 Buick Series 80
1939 Buick Century
1933 Cadillac V-16 Convertible Victoria
1938 Cadillac Sixty-Special
1931 Chevrolet Series AE Station Wagon
1934 Ford DeLuxe Roadster
1934 Ford DeLuxe Five-Window Coupe
1934 Ford DeLuxe Fordor
1938-1988 Jaguar Sedans
1933 Packard Twelve Sport Phaeton
1937-1942 Packard Darrin
1934 Packard Twelve Sport Phaeton by LeBaron
1934 Plymouth PE Deluxe
1932 Plymouth PB Sport Roadster
1932 Plymouth PA Rumble-Seat Coupe
1930 Pontiac 6-30-8
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Touring Limousine
1939 Studebaker Champion
1938 Studebaker State President Coupe
The Crazy Story of Borgward, the German Carmaker You've Never Heard Of
1934-1937 Chrysler Airflow
1928-1934 Duesenberg J-Series
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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.
The 1932 Austin-Swallow classic car was born out of a collaboration between two rival British automakers. The Seven debuted as a "tourer" with room for two adults and two children and also featured four-wheel brakes. Explore this classic car.
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.
The 1929-1931 Cord L-29 was intended to fill the price gap between the Auburn Eight and the mighty J in Cord's miniature automotive empire. Read how the Cord L-29 was engineered along principles patented by famed race-car designer Harry Miller.