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

1917 Auburn 6-391917 Buick Series D
1917 Chevrolet Series 4901917 Ford Model T
1917 Hall-Scott The Four1917 Lincoln Model L
1917 Locomobile Model 48 Healey1917 Marmon Model 34
1917 Mercer 22-731917 Moon Model 6-45
1917 Oldsmobile Model 45 Light Eight1917 Owen Magnetic M-25
1917 Packard Twin-Six1917 Pierce Arrow Model 38
1917 Pierce Arrow Model 481917 Pierce Arrow Model 66
1917 Standard Steel Model E1917 Stutz Bearcat
1917 Templar Four1917 Winton Model 33
1918 Biddle Model H1918 Buick Model E-49
1918 Cadillac Type 571918 Chevrolet Series 490
1918 Mercer Series 41918 Milburn Electric Model 27
1918 Oldsmobile Model 45-A1918 Overland Light Four 90
1918 Packard Twin Six1918 Pierce Arrow Model 48
1918 Pierce Arrow Model 66 A-41918 Roamer Model C
1918 Stutz Series G1918 Stutz Series S
1919 Auburn Beauty-SIX1919 Cadillac Type 57
1919 Cole Model 870 Aero Eight1919 Dodge Model 30
1919 Ford Model T1919 Ford Model TT Type C
1919 Locomobile Type 48 Series 51919 Meisenhelder 6-55
1919 Mercer Series 51919 Oldsmobile Model T
1919 Overland Model 90 Country Club1919 Pierce Arrow Intercity Coach
1919 Pierce Arrow Model 311919 Pierce Arrow Model 38 Series 5
1919 Pierce Arrow Model 481919 Pierce Arrow Series 51
1919 Sayers and Scovill Hearse1919 Studebaker Big Six
1919 Vim Type S21
1920 Cadillac Model 59
1920 Carroll Six1920 Chalmers Model 35-C
1920 Cleveland Model 40 Roadster1920 Dodge Model 30
1920 Duesenberg 183 Grand Prix1920 Ford Model T
1920 Ford Model T Racer1920 HCS Series 2
1920 Jordan Motor Model M Playboy1920 Kissel Model 45
1920 Lexington Series S1920 Locomobile Model 48
1920 Marmon Model 34B1920 Mason Traveler
1920 Mercer Series 51920 Milburn Electric
1920 Milton-Durant Special Race Car1920 Packard Twin-Six 3-35
1920 Pierce Arrow Model 321920 Pierce Arrow Model 38
1920 Pierce Arrow Model 481920 Revere Model A
1920 Roamer 6-54-E1920 Stutz Series H
1921 Cadillac Type 591921 Chevrolet Series 490
1921 Dodge Model 301921 Duesenberg Grand Prix Racer
1921 Duesenberg Model A1921 Ford Model T
1921 Kissel Model 6-451921 Lexington Series T
1921 Lincoln Model L1921 Marmon Model 34B
1921 Mercer Series 51921 Milburn Opera Coupe
1921 Oldsmobile Model 461921 Packard Single Six 116
1921 Pierce Arrow Model 321921 Roamer Model 4-75
1921 Roamer Model 6-541921 Stutz Series K

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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