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The ten Most Beautiful cars of the 1930s

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  1. Jive-Bomber
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    I can't argue against any of those choices. I agree 100%.
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    Good list!

    I would only add:

    '39 Delahaye 165

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    1938 Bugatti Type 57SC

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    And how about a race car? 1938 Type D Auto Union

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    Great choices, and there are so many more that captured the art deco look in the late 30s. Maybe I'm a little bias toward the fat fender cars.;)

    Here is one I think is worth mentioning - 37 Nash Lafayette 400. Amazing lines for an "everyman's " car.

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    Good choices , I feel lucky to have owned 3 from that list . I got this 35 Desoto airflow coupe right here on the HAMB classifieds .

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    to me the most stylish 30's car was the 33-34 Ford.
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    This is a great post...It's tough to pick just 10 but I agree with the list. There's a couple of them on there that I'd forgot about. The cars from this era were so great for so many reasons. I think it was the sweet-spot in time. art Deco and vehicle design are just so right together. I don't know too many folks that wouldn't do a double-take if they saw any one of those cars motoring down the street. They are just PERFECT.

    I have a secret fetish for three window Zephers. I'd probably sell all I have left for one. Love them!
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    Sorry guys,... but I love those classics !!!

    1931 Duesenberg
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    1933 Packard Conv. Coupe
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    1932 Packard 900 series (Shovel Nose)
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    1933 Lincoln
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    1933 Auburn B/T Speedster
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    1936 Auburn B/T Speedster.
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    1932 Nash Ambassador.
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    Here's 5 of some of my favorites.

    1938 Talbot Lago
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    1930's Phantom Corsair
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    Auto Union D Type
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    1935 Ford Phaeton
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    1937 Ford Sedan Delivery...
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    I know it's not a car but I have to add the 1930 KJ Henderson...
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    Kinda pretty too... '39 Studebaker
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    Question is - is this US designed and built cars only or world wide? The 1930s are my all time favorite era and Europeans had the most beautiful designs, but do they belong here?

    Here's another U.S. homegrown contender - even if designed by Raymond Loewy, a French Russian immigrant as his first full automotive design - the Hupmobile Aero Dynamic (sic). teardrop styling through and through....


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    I'm partial to the first half of the '30's. But in the last few years I find myself drifting toward the '35 Fords.

    1935 Roadster (Stole this from somewhere on the net)


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  13. Great list. My favorites are the
    1932 Ford Sedan
    1933 Duesenberg SSJ
    1935 Auburn 851 Supercharged Speedster(tho all Auburn speedsters are stunning)
    1936 Cord 810 conv.

    and I'd add to that the 1932 Chrysler Imperial CH Speedster (body by LeBaron)
    Walter P.'s personal car...

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    The '37 Mercedes 570 Roadster:

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    And the '37 Talbot Lago(s)

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    Great choices. @38zephyr, any chance you can repost photos of your car that are capable of being enlarged?

    I'd really like to drool over it some more.

    Thanks!
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    I'm with Harms on the classics. Still, you can't pick just 10 stunning designs, classic or mass production. I also have a tendancy toward the car's engineering having an effect on how I view it. Indivdual customs from the likes of Murphy, Judkins, LeBaron and Dietrich are absolute rulers in the ways of style. Many of the elements found on the customs became standard fare, sort of a peek at the future. One specific example, the "false hood" design used on the 34 Deitrich and LeBaron customs became a Packard standard through 1947. The Chrysler Imperial and it's siblings had that for quite a while too from 31 to at least 33 that I'm sure of, even the 32 Plymouth used it. By false hood, I mean the rear portion covering a substantial amount of cowl. The 40-41 Lincoln Continental is one of the sexiest body designs of it's time. While still having it's Model T inspired chassis engineering, the looks made up for what it lacked in that dept. I could on and on with this topic...
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    1934 Ford Roadster

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    great list...
    would add the 1937 zephyr coupe
    and the 1938 studebaker commander coupe (another Loewy job - in this case only a brush up of an existing design, but those headlight pods are just plain cool - in my world)

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    "ALL BEAUTIFUL"!!!!!!!!!---When styling was the utmost importance!
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    And that's what I expected to see in there as well. Just awesome - even moreso in person.
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    No Buick, Olds, Pontiac, Cadillac love?

    '36 Cadillac V16 Series 90:
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    '35 Buick Special Convertible Coupe:
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    Such style back then. I'll take one of each please.... including the ones listed in this thread! :)
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    Ugly F-O-R-D's shouldn't be along side those beautiful cars, it spoils the batch.
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    That has a sililar shape to the Labatts tractor (from the semi-rig) that always pops up when Art Deco is mentioned.
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    the 33-34 fords have a timeless style and the 37s have the art deco down perfect
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    I have a 36 and 39 Ford but they are only sedans. But I like them.
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    The 30's Lincolns and Fords are amongst the most beautiful designs to ever emerge from
    Detroit and as such I can't argue with the handful of choice body styles you brought forward,
    except maybe the
    Airflow designs from the Chrysler group. -I find them to be a hodge podge of parts in that the
    grille and headlight trim just doesn't match the flowing lines of the bodies.


    One car that you did bring to my attention is the '33 Lincoln KB Victoria Coupe.
    I had never really looked at the early 30's Lincolns as anything other than a Average/Classic
    Luxury car
    but your pic of the '33 shows a graceful and flowing body accented by a nice rack to the roof line,
    I like it!


    One 'Custom' that I would include here is the original 37 Lincoln Zephyr from the 1940 movie serial,
    'The Green Hornet'


    -Nicknamed "Black Beauty"


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    There has been some discussions as to whether the car still exists and this recent photo would
    suggest that is *it just might, or at the very least that someone has gone to the trouble to make
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    The Boat tail Auburns have always been the favorite here.
    If I won the lotto..............
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    What 49ratfink Said!
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    The most magnificent period in automotive design -ever-unfortunately never to be repeated! I would love to drive any one of these cars every day. I still like 40 Ford Deluxe coupes. Oh well-dream on---

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