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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The 1931 Cord L-29 Boattail Speedster was truly one of a kind. The car's dramatic appearance was enhanced by a bold color scheme of Chinese Red matched with bright yellow panels. See photos and read about why this classic model was years ahead of its time.

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The 1933 Pierce Silver Arrow competed with the luxury cars from Cadillac, Lincoln and Packard. Pierce-Arrow dubbed it 'The car of of 1940 -- in 1933.' See pictures and learn about the 1933 Pierce Silver Arrow.

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The 1936 Cord 810 Convertible was radical in its bold design and groundbreaking mechanics. It was literally was ahead of its time as it did not really suit the hardship of the day and was out of circulation by 1937. Read about the 1936 Cord 810 Convertible.

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The 1936 Dodge D2 Convertible Sedan was part of the newly designated Series D2 lineup, dubbed the "Beauty Winner" line by Chrysler and featured slightly revised styling carried over from 1935. See pictures and specs of this classic car.

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The machines produced by Louis Delage, including the 1933 Delage D8S Sports Coupe, exuded tasteful flair and quality. It was a luxurious passenger car that handled more like a sports car. Learn more about this collectible car.

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With its streamlined airplane-inspired design, the 1935-1940 Peugeot 402 caused quite a sensation in Europe. The design was mostly influenced by the principals that governed the young air travel industry. Follow the story of the Peugeot 402.

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A 1938 Buick Series 80 was the basis for a one-of-a-kind custom job by Howard "Dutch" Darin. The car featured an eight-cylinder engine capable of producing 141 horsepower, a 9 percent increase from the previous year. See photos of this 1938 Buick Series 80 Opera Brougham.

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The 1937-1938 Ford lineup caused quite a stir, beginning with the spectacular introduction of the 1937 models. The debut of the 1937 models was done in a flashy presentation. Ford needed the attention after slow 1936 sales. Follow the 1937-1938 Ford story.

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The 1932 Plymouth PA Rumble-Seat coupe included new safety features and was solidly built. Sales in the auto industry were low because of the Depression, but Plymouth moved up to third in sales in 1932. Learn more about the car that helped boost Plymouth sales.

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The 1938 Studebaker State President coupe was redesigned to increase sales, and many still regard the model as one of the best Studebakers of all time. The President offered magnificent motoring at bargain prices. Read more about this smooth ride.

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The 1930 Miller "91" Indy Car was designed by Harry A. Miller. Miller designed and built some of the finest racing engines in the world. Relatively few cars can boast of such a long and rich racing history. Read more about the 1930 Miller "91."

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The 1936 Singer Le Mans is a standout among the Singer line and the last year of this racing model. Although the Singer company started out with making bicycles, they made this roadster travel at speeds up to 90 mph. Learn more about this sleek car.

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The 1932 Hudson Greater Eight Standard Special Coupe entered the market at the height of the Great Depression. Despite its compelling features, prevailing economic conditions made for slow sales. Learn more about these handsomely styled cars.

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The restored Hupmobile K-321 Convertible Coupe in this article is one of just five models known to exist. Its curvy styling and powerful features made it one of the most popular cars in the Hupmobile line. Read more about the K-321 in this article.

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The new 1935-36 Pontiac line featured more streamlined Art Deco machines. These models ushered in a design cue destined to be a trademark for the division for more than 20 years: the famed "Silver Streak." Learn more about this curvy cruiser.

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The 1939 Buick Century had one more horsepower than a Cadillac and several industry innovations. This "first muscle car" combined a small body with a 120 horsepower straight eight-cylinder engine. Find out more about the 1939 Buick Century.

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