A beautiful example of pre-war streamline:
Meet the Jawa 700 Coupe - a little red wonder from Prague. It was built by Jawa Motors using a standard Model 700 platform and a custom body designed along Jaray principles. Well, Paul Jaray and his legacy are featured in…Continue
Originally intended for mass production, the KIM-10 is an extreme rarity - of 500 built, only half a dozen survived.
It was the first Soviet economy class car, a distant cousin of the Volkswagen and Fiat Topolino. Its story is different from the German and Italian "people's cars":…Continue
Another all-but-forgotten American car make - the Hupmobile.
Here is its story, brought us by HowStuffWorks:
Robert C. Hupp was an engineer who worked with Ransom Eli Olds and Henry Ford before setting up his own car company in…Continue
Perhaps not as well known as later models, the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 is one of the quintessential Alfa Romeos of its era.
First introduced as a replacement for the 6C 1500 in 1929, the 6C 1750 evolved from a relatively simple road car to a very sophisticated racing machine in the five years it was produced. One of the key elements in the progress was designer Vittorio Jano, lured to Alfa Romeo from his former employer Fiat by Enzo Ferrari.…Continue
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Meet the most luxurious Italian car of the Roaring Twenties:
Established as an automaker in 1902 by Cesare Isotta and the brothers Fraschini (Oreste, Vincenzo and Antonio), from around 1920 to the early 1930s Isottas were more popular in the United States than any other foreign marque except for Rolls-Royce. One of the world's most innovative…Continue
You know that postwar cars are not this garage's specialty. But this two-door Austin is here as a close cousin of prewar streamliners.
Nothing revolutionary in its layout, although: no front drive or rear engine. Everything's conventional - save the appearance, quite revolutionary for a 1940s British automobile.
Would you believe that the…Continue
The one and only endurance record-breaker, built by Citroën.
It was very different in the early 1930s, when human error meant that few cars — and roads — could be entirely depended upon. In…Continue
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What would you do with an aging luxury car? Don't think twice - streamline it!
That's exactly what Edsel Ford did with the Lincoln K, company's flagship and status symbol. Introduced in 1931, it was aimed at the highest price segment. The original Model K had a 145 in (3683 mm) wheelbase. Available as a dual cowl model, factory bodies were…Continue
The Garage is proud to present: the MG T-Series!
The MG TA Midget appeared in the spring of 1936 as a replacement for the MG PB. It featured many components borrowed from Morris. Channel sections replaced the tubular cross-members making the vehicles ride more comfortable. The suspension was provided by leaf springs and beam-axle in the front and rear. The brakes…Continue
The only 1.5-liter Adler to race at LeMans:
The Trumpf Rennlimousine was designed in 1936-1937 by an outstanding German aerodynamics expert Baron Reinhard von Koenig-Fachsenfeld (his other creations, the BMW Wendler Coupe and…Continue
Here is its story told by Bill Vance @ Motoring Memories (May 2005):
Graham-Paige Motors called the styling of its new…Continue
The Auto Avio Costruzioni 815 was the first car to be fully designed and built by Enzo Ferrari.
In 1938, Ferrari left Alfa Romeo after running Scuderia Ferrari as their racing division. The agreement ending their association forbade Ferrari from restarting Scuderia Ferrari within the next four years. Ferrari then…Continue
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One of France's most impressive and highly successful cars - the Renault 40CV Type NM des Records aka the Montlhéry Coupe:
In the 1920s, vehicle manufacturers were locked in an all-out race to set new records, a fashion encouraged by the construction of speed rings. In France, the Montlhéry ring built in 1924 set the stage for many a confrontation, with the last word going to…Continue
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Long before the terms "SUV" and "crossover" were coined, Volvo started to build off-road vehicles.
The TPV (Terrängpersonvagn m/43, i.e. Off-road Passenger Vehicle, M1943) was a crossbreed between a light truck and a taxicab. The platform and some mechanical parts were borrowed from the LV-series light truck, and the body from the…Continue
This not-so-famous car make is related to at least two great names in automotive history - Reid Railton and Richard Seaman.
British Motorracing was at an all-time low in 1933, Bentley's Le Mans domination seemed ages away and Britain's last international single seater success dated back to the early 1920s. A wealthy amateur racer felt something had to be done…Continue
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Here is a story of one of the most successful 1930s racing car types - the Mercedes-Benz W25.
For Mercedes-Benz the arrival of a new German government in 1933 and a thoroughly revised rule-book for the 1934 season provided the final push to build a Grand Prix car for the first time the Daimler and Benz merger. Appalled by the defeat at Avus in May of 1933 to the French…Continue
A great little car for a lovely sunny day:
4CS was Maserati's first sports car intended for the 1100cc class at the Mille Miglia. These little endurance racers were designed from the successful straight-eight grand prix cars which the Maserati brothers used to found their company. They continued the firm's success by winning class victories at…Continue
The Stout Scarab was an aerodynamic masterpiece that featured a rear-engine layout, flow through ventilation, concealed running boards, and modular seating.
Not only did it have a unit construction body made out of light aluminum, it featured the famous Ford flathead V8 engine placed at the rear driving the rear wheels via a Stout-built three-speed manual transaxle. It has a…Continue
Searching for an affordable'n'compact European streamliner with a touch of Art Deco? Call your time travel agent, book the tickets for 1938. Destination: France.
The 1930's were great years for French automobile design. Bugatti were building amazing art deco inspired coach built…Continue
The Ford Model T aka Tin Lizzie or simply the T is a Diesel Era icon. Everybody knows it but just a few speak about it. Well, a picture is worth a thousand words, isn't it?
The T, produced since 1908, was envisioned by Henry Ford as an affordable car to "be constructed of the best materials, by the best men to be hired, after the simplest designs that modern engineering can…Continue