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.

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1932 Austin-Swallow

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.

1937 Pontiac DeLuxe Eight Convertible Sedan

The 1937 Pontiac DeLuxe Eight Convertible Sedan, with an all-steel body, was an impressive option in the medium-priced automobile market. They were rare when new and are rarely seen today. Learn about the 1937 Pontiac DeLuxe Eight Convertible Sedan.

1932-1934 Franklin V-12

The years of the Great Depression were desperate times. In those circumstances, Franklin, the plucky little carmaker from Syracuse, New York, produced about 200 air-cooled V-12s, then quietly passed away. Read about the 1932-1934 Franklin V-12 cars.

1938-1941 Sixty-Special Cadillac

The luxury 1938-1941 Sixty-Special Cadillac was known as "The Standard of the World" in the late Thirties for its crisp, timeless lines based on its V-8 series. Read the story of the 1938-1941 Sixty-Special Cadillac and the designer who created it.

1930 Duesenberg Torpedo Convertible Berline

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.

1932 Plymouth PB Sport Roadster

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.

1936 Stout Scarab

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.

1939 Studebaker Champion

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.

1932 Packard Light Eight

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.

1932 DeSoto SC Custom

The 1932 DeSoto SC Custom was considered dramatic for its time; all 1932s are somewhat rare today. Read about the rise and fall of DeSoto over its short history, its slow decline during the Depression, and the details of the 1932 DeSoto SC Custom.

1929-1931 Cord L-29

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.

1934 Ford DeLuxe Five-Window Coupe

The 1934 Ford Deluxe Coupe more going for it than just power and economy. It was also stylish, thanks to Henry Ford's son Edsel. Fancy styling details along with 90 horsepower quickly set it apart. Check out the 1934 Ford DeLuxe Five-Window Coupe.

1930-1939 Pierce-Arrow

Of all the great American marques -- Stutz, Lincoln, Duesenberg, Packard, and the rest -- none was more synonymous with meticulous craftsmanship and refined luxury than the noble Pierce-Arrow. Read on for a detailed history of Pierce-Arrow vehicles.

1938-1988 Jaguar Sedans

Jaguar is more than 80 years old and has long been celebrated for its magnificent sports and GT cars. But sedans have loomed equally large in this British automaker's fortunes, each a fast and stylish creation. Read about the 1938-1988 Jaguar Sedans.

1936-1992 Buick Roadmaster

Roadmaster! The very name conjures up images of a big, powerful highway locomotive -- which is just what Buick intended. Learn about the Buick Roadmaster's historic reign from 1936-1958 and its recent impressive reappearance in 1991 and 1992.

1937 Packard 1507 Dietrich Convertible Victoria

Packard once boasted that more than 1,000 families had driven Packards for 21 years or more. If you "asked the man who owned one," you too would have chosen a Packard Twelve. Read more about the 1937 Packard 1507 Dietrich Convertible Victoria.

1933 Cadillac V-16 Convertible Victoria

The 1933 Cadillac V-16 Convertible Victoria represented extreme luxury in the depths of the Depression. Despite tough times, Cadillac fielded a revamped lineup of V-8s, V-12s, and V-16s for 1933. Check out the 1933 Cadillac V-16 Convertible Victoria.

1930 Buick Series 40 Phaeton

The 1930 Buicks deserved increased popularity, but they came at the wrong time. Dealers found they could only move two cars for even three they'd sold the year before. Read how the 1930 Buicks fell on hard times during the Great Depression.

1935 Duesenberg Speedster-Roadster

The 1935 Duesenberg Speedster-Roadster was a custom car for the Maharajah Holkar of India. The speedster sported a concealed top, built-in license plate holder, dual fuel tanks and single-bar bumpers. Learn more about this classic car.

1934 Packard Eight

The 1934 Packard Eight may have been the low-level series, but during the Depression it was popular. The excellence of these cars has long been recognized -- they carry full Classic status with the Classic Car Club of America. Discover this classic car.

1934 Ford DeLuxe Fordor

The 1934 Ford DeLuxe Fordor sported classy styling and a sharp hood ornament after a minor facelift. Its V-8 also boasted 10 more horsepower, up now to 85. See pictures and learn more about the 1934 Ford DeLuxe Fordor.

1934-1937 Chrysler/DeSoto Airflow

The 1934-1937 Chrysler/DeSoto Airflow was a revolutionary styling sensation, but unfortunately failed to sell. It was a failure so complete that it would cast a pall over Chrysler Corporation design for the next 20 years. Read about the Airflow.

1939-1940 Studebaker Champion

The 1939-1940 Studebaker Champion was a huge commercial success and helped put the one-time struggling carmaker back at the forefront. Read about this innovative passenger car in the low-price field and see pictures of this classic.

1936-1948 Lincoln Zephyr

Cars heralded as "ahead of their time" have usually disappeared before their time. Not the 1936-1948 Lincoln Zephyr. It was the most saleable and longest-lived of the streamlined cars arriving in the 1930s. Read about the 1936-1948 Lincoln Zephyr.

1930-1940 Cadillac V-16

The Cadillac V-16 lasted for 11 years, a longer production run than any other car with more than eight cylinders. The first models offered a broad choice of V-16 body styles. Follow the story of the Sixteen and see pictures of this classic.