Veteran/Antique/Brass and Edwardian Era
   Classic Era
   Muscle Car Era
   Modern Era
   Future Cars
   1917 - 1921
   1922 - 1926
   1927 - 1930
   1931 - 1933
   1934 - 1936
   1937 - 1939
  1940 - 1942

1940 American Bantam Riviera1940 Buick Limited Series 80
1940 Buick Series 501940 Buick Series 60 Century
1940 Buick Series 701940 Buick Special Series 40
1940 Cadillac Model 621940 Cadillac Series 72
1940 Cadillac Series 751940 Cadillac Series 90 Sixteen
1940 Cadillac Series Sixty1940 Chrysler New Yorker
1940 Chrysler Newport Concept1940 Chrysler Windsor
1940 Dodge Pickup1940 Dodge Series D14 Deluxe Six
1940 Duesenberg Model SJ1940 Ford Coupe Reproduction
1940 Ford Deluxe1940 Ford Lloyd Rockey Special
1940 Graham-Paige Hollywood1940 Graham-Paige Model 107
1940 Jeep Bantam BRC1940 Kurtis Kraft Midget
1940 Lincoln Continental1940 Lincoln Zephyr
1940 Mercury Eight Series 09A1940 Nash Ambassador 8
1940 Nash Ambassador Six-Series 40201940 Oldsmobile Series 60
1940 Oldsmobile Series 701940 Packard 110
1940 Packard 1201940 Packard Custom Super 8 180
1940 Packard Super 8 1601940 Plymouth Model P10 Deluxe
1940 Pontiac DeLuxe1940 Pontiac Series 25 Special
1940 Studebaker Champion1940 Studebaker President
1941 American Bantam Model 651941 Buick Series 40 Special
1941 Buick Series 50 Super1941 Buick Series 70 Roadmaster
1941 Buick Series 90 Limited1941 Cadillac Custom Limousine
1941 Cadillac Series 60 Special1941 Cadillac Series 61
1941 Cadillac Series 621941 Cadillac Series 63
1941 Cadillac Series 751941 Chevrolet Series AK
1941 Chevrolet Special Deluxe1941 Chrysler New Yorker
1941 Chrysler Newport Concept1941 Chrysler Royal
1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt1941 Chrysler Town and Country
1941 Chrysler Windsor1941 Chrysler Windsor Highlander
1941 Crosley Station Wagon1941 Dodge Series WC Half-Ton
1941 Ford Deluxe1941 Ford Model 11A Business Coupe
1941 Ford Pappy Wood Sprint Car1941 Ford Pickup
1941 Ford Super Deluxe1941 GMC Suburban
1941 Graham-Paige Hollywood Custom1941 Lincoln Continental
1941 Lincoln Custom Twelve1941 Lincoln Zephyr
1941 Lincoln Zephyr Ambulance1941 Mercury Model 19A
1941 Mercury Sedanca deVille1941 Nash Ambassador Six Series 4160
1941 Oldsmobile 981941 Oldsmobile Series 60 Special
1941 Packard 110 Series 19001941 Packard 120
1941 Packard Clipper1941 Packard Super 8 160
1941 Packard Super 8 1801941 Plymouth P12 Special DeLuxe
1941 Plymouth T1251941 Studebaker Champion
1941 Studebaker Commander1941 Studebaker President
1942 Buick Century Series 601942 Buick Series 40B
1942 Buick Series 501942 Buick Series 70 Roadmaster
1942 Cadillac Series 601942 Cadillac Series 61
1942 Cadillac Series 621942 Cadillac Series 75
1942 Chevrolet Fleetline Series BH1942 Chrysler Windsor Town and Country
1942 Crosley CB-421942 Dodge 3/4 Ton
1942 Ford Super Deluxe1942 Lincoln Continental
1942 Lincoln Custom1942 Lincoln Zephyr
1942 Mercury Series 29A1942 Oldsmobile B-44 Special Series 68
1942 Oldsmobile Series 981942 Packard Clipper Eight
1942 Packard Special Clipper 1101942 Packard Super-8 One-Eighty
1942 Packard Super-8 One-Sixty1942 Pontiac Streamliner
1942 Studebaker Champion

Commonly defined as a vehicle built at the beginning of 1919 until the end of 1930, this Era was dubbed the Vintage or Prewar Car Era. The start date of the vintage period was the end of WWI, but the end date was slightly debatable, as the British are quite strict about 1930 being the cut-off while the American sources prefer the year 1925 as the cut-off since it is the pre-classic car period as defined by the Classic Car Club of America. Several enthusiasts consider the classic period as overlapping the vintage period, since the vintage designation covers all vehicles produced in the period. Even more consider the start of WWII to be the end date of the vintage period.

The automotive period was in a state of transition at the time when the Vintage Era began. Beginning as a rarity in 1919, by the 1930’s it had become some quite universal. At the end of this period, automobile production was not matched again until the 1950s. Most industrialized states had constructed nationwide road systems in the intermediate years with the result, that the ability to negotiate through unpaved roads was no longer a large concern of automotive design anymore towards the end of the period.

The front-engined vehicle came to dominate during this Vintage Era, with closed bodies and standardized controls becoming the norm for auto enthusiasts. 90% of vehicle sold in 1919 were open, and by 1929, 90% were closed.

During this period, vehicles were much more convenient and comfortable. Little luxuries like an in-car radio and heating were introduced, along with antifreeze which allowed water-cooled cars to be used year-round. A common foot pedal was introduced, along with four-wheel braking and hydraulically actuated brakes. During this era, the biggest innovation to be introduced was power steering. Near the end of the vintage era, the system of octane rating of fuel was introduced which allowed the comparison between fuels. At a rapid pace, development of the internal combustion engine continued with multi-valve and overhead cam engines produced at the high end, while the V8, V12 and even V16 engines were produced for the super-rich. Society began gravitating heavily towards the vintage cars during this era.

Examples of the Vintage Car Era included the 122 Austin 7 which was one of the most widely copied vehicles ever and served as a template for vehicles worldwide. In 1924 an example of a Vintage car was the Bugatti Type 35, which was one of the ‘most successful racing vehicles of all times, with over 1,000 victories in five years’.

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