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.

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.

A car for "every purse and purpose" was the aim of General Motors chief Alfred Sloan in the 1920s, which inspired the company to make the 1930 Pontiac 6-30-8.

The DeSoto was a successful mid-priced car that was produced by a division of Chrysler. This mid-priced car was meant to bridge the gap between the cheap Plymouth division and Chrysler. Find history pictures and prices for 1929-1933 DeSotos.

The 1938 Cadillac Sixty-Special was one of the great designs of Thirties and a milestone for Cadillac styling. Power was provided by an L-head V-8 putting out 135 bhp. Learn the history of the 1938 Cadillac.

The 1931-1933 Chrysler Imperial Eight cemented Chrysler's luxury-car credentials. Unfortunately for Chrysler, their introduction coincided with the depths of the Great Depression. Check out this profile, pictures, and specs for the Imperial Eight.

The 1930 Chrysler 70 Roadster was the result of an instinct that saved the Chrysler Company. Walter Chrysler had an instinct to revamp his product line in 1930. It was an instinct that paid off. Learn more about the dreamy 1930 Chrysler 70 Roadster.

The 1930 Lincoln Model L was the last in the Model L line, a fast car popular with both cops and crooks. It featured strong acceleration and and engine that was capable of reaching a top speed of 90 miles per hour. Check out the speedy 1930 Lincoln Model L.

Kings, tycoons, Popes and movie stars rode in Isotta Fraschinis. The Flying Star Roadster sold for an exorbitant $20,000, but it could top 80 mph, almost unheard of at the time.

The 1936 Packard One Twenty was affordable, so those who had always dreamed of owning a Packard now could. Because of declining sales of luxury cars during the Depression, Packard designed this affordable mass-produced car.

The 1935-1936 Plymouth models were a solid success that advanced style and engineering of cars for the common man. A stronger chassis and revised suspension system improved the overall ride and handling of the '35 Plymouth. Learn more about these Plymouths.

The 1939 Chevrolet lineup included the Master 85 and Master DeLuxe series station wagons. These cars were the most expensive cars Chevy produced for the 1939 line of cars. Get detailed information on these distinctive Chevy models.

The streamlined 1935 Fiat 508 S MM was meant for racing and inspired by the Italian race Mille Miglia. The engine utilized Zenith downdraft carburetion that was capable of producing 36 horsepower at 4400 rpm. Learn about the 1935 Fiat S MM.

The 1939 Ford Deluxe featuring new hydraulic brakes was the carmaker's most popular model of the year. Ford reluctantly adopted the hydraulic brake system after rivals Plymouth and Chevrolet adopted the innovation. Learn about the 1939 Ford Deluxe.

In 1931 Buick began powering its cars with straight-eight engines. Updraft carburetors, "V" belts for driving the fans, and aluminum oil pans were new features on these engines. Learn about the year's vehicles, including the 1931 Buick 95.

The 1932 Buick Series 90s were made on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border. The designer owned a family carriage business that was located in Oshawa, Ontario. He later became interested in cars. Learn more about the 1932 Buick Series 90s.

Nash Motors president George Mason intended to fight the Great Depression with innovation. These cars featured fresh styling that was appealing to the eyes of Depression-weary buyers. Learn about the 1939-1940 Nash Ambassador.

The 1931 Chevrolet Series AE Independence had Chevy's lowest price ever. This model received a series of modifications such as a new vibration damper and a stouter engine block. Learn about the 1931 Chevrolet Series AE including pictures and prices.

The 1932 Chevrolet Series BA Confederate was called the "baby Cadillac." Chrome-plated headlamps and a unique radiator shell imitated Cadillac's design. The car also featured an engine that produced 60 horsepower. Learn more about the 1932 Chevrolet Series BA.

The 1933 Chevrolet Eagle and Mercury presented buyers two distinct series. The Eagle served as the upscale model and the Mercury was meant for buyers with a much lower budget. Learn about the 1933 Eagle and Mercury, including pictures and prices.

The 1934 Chevrolet Master had Knee-action front suspension. This model carried on Chevy's tradition of building two distinctly different cars with different wheel bases. Learn about the 1934 Master and Standard, including pictures, prices and weight.

The 1935 Chevrolet Master DeLuxe got all-steel construction. The Master DeLuxe model featured a steel "Turret-Top" design. A two piece windshield was also included. Learn more about the 1935 Chevy Master DeLuxe and Standard models.

The 1936 Chevrolet Standard and Master DeLuxe now used the same engine. The engine was capable of producing 79 horsepower which was a bonus of five extra horsepower for the Standard. Learn more about the 1936 Chevy, including pictures, prices and weight.

The 1937 Chevrolet Master and Master DeLuxe had stunning new styling. The new design was the first time Chevrolet completely altered cars since the 1929 model year. Learn about the 1937 Chevrolet Master, including pictures, prices and weight.

The 1938 Chevrolet Master and Master DeLuxe got minor refinements. The only alteration was a new grille that featured horizontal rather than vertical bars. Learn more about the 1938 Chevrolet Master.

The 1939 Chevrolet Master DeLuxe dropped its Knee-Action suspension. The new suspension featured coils and wishbones which were featured on most of GM's other cars. Learn about the 1939 Chevrolet Master.