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Automobile Industry between World wars

Before World War 1, usually, peoples of automobile industry used to talk about “the shape of things to come”, but that shape became everyone’s guess after the world war. This was a very great time for car manufacturers, manufacturing cheap and affordable cars. It was a time around 1920 when the designers working on the drawing board got success.

W.R. Morris, Henry Ford and Ettore Bugatti
Morris Cowley was built by the Englishman W.R. Morris. The car consists of the famous bull nose front. A cheap car was built by The American man Henry ford which was known to be a genius product with streamlined hood, large radiator and electric lighting and starting.

With passing time the new luxurious cars gained a shape which was more streamlined with long sleek bodywork. This elegant pattern was then followed by cars like Rolls-Royce, Bentley, and Sunbeam. With time the luxurious cars became fast also. The Bugatti Type 46 was a French designed car. It was regal every way and had a top speed of 90 mph.

In his young days, Buggati read sculptures. Buggati was also affectionate towards horses may this was the reason because of which his carriages looked like architectural masterpieces and the radiators also seemed to be the image of a horse hole. All we know about these vintage cars today is that they emerged as neither fast nor luxurious but distinctive. It was a very strange fact that in the development of the motor car, aeroplane played a major part.
flying machines was the main concentration of the designers during the time of world war 1 as they were able to move faster and stay in the air for a longer duration which could go faster and stay in the air longer. They learnt a lot from aeroplanes and applied that knowledge it on the car engines to improve them.

There was one more remarkable car named The Hispano-Suiza. It had an advanced engine which was actually built for an aeroplane during the war. One of their most outstanding cars was the 1925 Boulogne model. It was fitted with a six-cylinder engine and had a capacity of eight litres. This car was much ahead of its time with a top speed of 110 mph.

The motor cars got a variety of shapes in the starting of 1930s. That period had the most genuine designers and engineers. It was the time when most wealthy people wanted cars. There was needed a change and thanks to the new techniques which were introduced in the early thirties which made this change possible.

But at first, the changes were not satisfying and promising due to the pressure of mass production. The main focus was now on the production line and the designers and engineers forgot about the personality of the car. In other words, the focus was shifted from quality to quantity. Their products were like the tin boxes with wheels and nothing more than that.

Cars With Character
After mastering the technical problems of production, there was a return of cars with characters in the mid-thirties. There were new features in the car like Long hoods, large hubcaps, wide tapered windshields and sloping backs. After the end of second world war, practical production engineer and stylist began starting as one which results into quantity with quality.

Hitler’s Vintage Car?
There are many stories related to Vintage Cars all around the world and I am here telling you one of them and the most interesting fact is, it was Hitler’s vintage car.
How did the car from Hitler get the Maharaja of Patiala and then reached the collector?
The rare Maybach (now known as Mercedes-Benz) car gifted by Adolf Hitler in 1930 to Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala, it went in the other hands of a person who was a vintage car collector without any money transfer.
Likewise, very few people would know that there was a historic meeting at Patiala House located in India where it was decided that after every four years Asian Games will be organized. And the first Asian game was held in the national capital in 1951.
In the book ‘Princely Palaces in New Delhi’ written by Sumant K. Bhowmik and published by Niyogi Books, there are many stories related to palaces that people are unaware of. These palaces have been an integral part of the urban area of New Delhi, India. Writing in an article in 1957 of Patiala House, the author has written, ‘After a meeting in Germany in 1935, the rare Maybach car was given to Maharaja Bhupinder Singh by Adolf Hitler was lost. This car was one of the only six cars specially made in the world, and the last of these cars was lying unused in the garage at Motibagh Palace in Patiala.
Yuvraj Malvinder Singh (grandchildren of Bhupinder Singh) was sitting in the meeting room at Patiala House’s first floor and his father (Maharaja Yadvinder Singh) asked him to make drinks for some guests. Sardar Satyajit Singh of Bharolia came to join the party and during the conversation, he asked the Maharaja if he could buy the useless car Maybach, which is in Patiala House. The Maharaja said without any hesitation that he is not going to sell any of those cars, but his guests can take that car as a gift if they want it. So Sardar Satyajit unhesitant accepted the proposal.
In addition, he received a letter from the Patiala’s garage in charge, which directed the delivery of the car. The next day, the car went into the second hand of the non-money transaction, and later he went into the hands of a person collecting the vintage car.

Automobile Industry after World War

Automobile manufacturers were struggling to survive as they were not able to sell their product during the war. End of the world war brought hope to their business as there was once again the demand of automobiles in the market. Here we will talk about the most significant automobiles which belong to the time just after the war.

Bentley Continental as we know is known to be one of the best and most expensive luxury cars of the world – It’s a very fast car which was powered by a V8 aluminium engine of around 4.9 litres, which was the key reason making Bentley Continental reach an amazing top speed in excess of 125 miles per hour.

The Jaguar 3.4 litre combined with high performance and luxury. It appealed to the business’ man as a prestige car, as well as to the sportsman who likes to travel fast in comfort. It was the best choice for the businessmen as it appealed to them as a prestige car. It was also liked by sportsmen because of its comfort and speed. Also, it was much cheaper than Bentley continental.

If it was about comfort the Jensen 541/R was also in the race, streamlined and wind-cheating fibreglass bodywork was owned by this car which was the reason for its uniqueness. All four wheels were fitted with the disc brakes, which was very impressive at that time. But there was a mileage issue with these big cars.

1.5 litres Sunbeam Rapier was also one of the high-performance affordable cars at that time, which was very familiar to the well known Hillman Minx. The Rapier was an unusual combination of small size and high performance. In 25 seconds, it had the ability to accelerate up to 70 mph.

Precision engineering was the thing for which the Sweden manufactures were known, long before World War 2. Volvo 122S was one such example of that. A very high performance with respect to its engine size was offered by it. It had a 4 cylinder engine which gave the car a top speed of 95 mph. It is a little old-fashioned according to today’s time.

A car with a low streamlined body, named Lancia Appia was loaded with a high powered 4 cylinder engine of 1.1 litres, because of which it had a top speed of 82 mph. A pressed-steel hull was used in it with independent front suspension. For the first time, this kind of construction method was introduced. Aurelia, which was a larger model, had a 2-litre six-cylinder engine giving it a top speed of 115 mph.

Facel¬ Vega was one of the lavish, elegant and extremely fast French cars. It consists of a tubular frame and soft hide upholstery. It was a heavy car more than 35 cwt., it had a top speed of more than 130 mph. The eight-cylinder American engine was the source of this power.
Renault Dauphine-Gordini was one of the leaders amongst small cars which had a rear engine. Amedee Gordini, the famous racing car designer perfected the engine of this car.

United States
Big size and comfort were the qualities for which the American cars were known for. In my opinion, what Hollywood is to movies, Detroit is to cars. Desoto Fireflite, the two-ton monolith was able to reach 80 miles per hour in just 13 seconds, having a top speed of more than 115 mph.

If we talk about America’s fastest cars, the first name would be Ford Thunderbird. It had a 5 3/4 litre V8 engine with a long and sleek body. The Thunderbird consists of both power-assisted brakes and steering. It had a top speed of 115 mph.
Pontiac Bonneville was also a long, low and extremely wide car which was glamorous as well as comfortable. It was loaded with 8¬cylinder overhead valve engine.

325 horsepower engine with four-barrel carburettors were the specification of another giant car known as Buick Electra. It had an unusual but a great feature of automatic headlights.

Founding fathers of Automobile Industry in Pre World War

The time before the world war was the golden era for the automobile industry because this period brought most of the car inventers to the existence. The type of cars which were invented in this period gave an accelerating start to this industry by giving a vehicle which was new to this world and was going to be the major invention in the business automobiles. There is a long list of persons who contributed to this industry and here we will talk about some of them.


Richard Trevithick
If we go back to a few centuries, it was the time when the notion of a carriage was unthinkable without a horse. Cugnot’s 1770 “Fardier” is believed to be the very first car of this world but without the vision of Richard Trevithick who was a British inventor, it could not have become possible. Richard Trevithick thought of replacing the clip-clop of horse’s hooves with the chugging of the steam engine. Richard Trevithick built an engine to tow his carriage as he wanted to drive it to the distance of more than 50 miles, from Camborne in Cornwall to Plymouth.

Sir Goldsworthy Gurney
Twenty-five years later, Sir Goldsworthy Gurney who was chemist a chemist, in spite of using a horse, used a steam engine to pull his carriage from London to Bath which was a distance around 100 miles. The engine was not attached to the carriage that’s why it looks like a miniature train and not a car. It was comfortable as well as elegant.
It took 40 years when John Henry Knight came with an idea to combine the steam engine with the carriage.  It was the time when the horseless carriage finally arrived.

Siegfried Marcus
It is believed by some of the people that Siegfried Marcus, an Austrian was a man who built the very first car. he built a gas engine around 1864 which was designed to run on liquid fuel. He mounted the engine in a pushcart.  Marcus decided to run his invention on the street and one night with the help of one of his friend and a house-porter, he brought it to a quiet street near a cemetery. It was a magic moment when with some careful adjust¬ments and some troubles he was able to run it on the street.

Karl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler
In 1885, Karl Benz was a German engineer who gave the world, the first ever petrol-driven motor car. It was a car with 3 wheels in 1885. People were so much startled by it that at first Benz was not given permission to drive it on a public street. But if we talk about the present time, there is nothing that can reduce the interest of people in the car. A few years later, another German, Gottlieb Daimler, introduced the first-ever four-wheeled car designed to run on petrol.

There are a lot of engineers and designers like Emile Levassor, Renault brothers, Captain Harley Tarrant, Howard Lewis, Montague Napier and Herbert Austin who made a great contribution towards the car business. With the passing time cars have gone through a lot of changes in designs and engines and the changes are still going on.

1950s Vintage cars (Made by USA, loved by Sweden)

This article is all about the Scandinavian subculture of ‘greasers’ which was started near world war 2 in Sweden. Sweden imports around 4000-5000 classic American cars every year. This is why Sweden now has more American vintage cars than America. Swedish subculture likes to restore American vintage cars and use it in their own style. They just love these Hot rod cars and 1950s rocking pop theme.
Raggare subculture is very common in Sweden and some part of Norway, Finland, and Denmark. Raggare is nothing but a subculture which likes rock-n-roll music, drinking beer and immense love for hot rod cars (vintage American). It is very similar to the biker gangs and motorcycle clubs of America. Raggers like cars instead of bikes. And this is very popular in Sweden since the 50s mostly by the Greasers. It’s a youth subculture which was so popular in the late 1940s and 1950s mainly by working class and lower class teenagers and young American adults.
If we dig deep into the Swedish culture then we will find many junkyards full of these vintage cars all through the Swedish soil. All over the Sweden countryside, there are American cars piled up high and rusting & decaying. There are many junkyards which are large enough to be seen by Google Earth. Some of them labeled as “Eda junkyards”, “Osby junkyard”, “Toksfors junkyard” and “Local junkyards”. Most people say them graveyards of Vintages instead of junkyards. These junkyards are as easy to find a Ford Dealer in America. There are many tourists visits Sweden just to see these junkyards. The most popular junkyard famous between the tourists is Bastnas car graveyard.

There are thousands of cars decaying in the forests of Sweden. It is said that after the world war 2 many US servicemen in Sweden left their car behind there and that was one of the main reason of these junkyards. When it happened two brothers started the business of scrap yard as it was a good business to disassemble the car parts and sell it to Norway which was facing financial crisis. After world war 2 Norway became very poor and not able to get car parts at the market price but very soon Sweden realized that this is the time they can make good use of the cars left behind after WW2. Those brothers continued their business till 1980. There is another junkyard in Scandivanian woods, is Bloms Bilskrot which is so huge and if you want to see it completely it may take several days. There are many instances where we see that a car was manufactured in the 60s, used in 70s, wrecked in 80s and restored in 90s.

Now we need to talk about the Raggare counterculture. In the 1950s it was a very boring gang of people who drink and drive. Most people said that they were damaging the moral of Swedish culture but they continued. Ragga means “to pick up girls” in Swedish, they just visit town to town, pick up a new girl every time and have a great time at the backseat.
Many controversies are connected with this Raggare culture but they changed by the time and removed the Bad Boy tag. Now they are part of the Sweden culture and depicted as middle age men who put lots of effort to make their American vintage car a muscle hot rod. They like to participate in many cars shows to show off their passion in the restoration of vintage cars. They show how good care can anyone does of one’s car and this is the reason they have a huge fan following all over the world.

Why does Cuba have so many old cars?

Located at the apex of the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, Cuba is a beautiful island nation full of history and adventure. As the largest island (by area) in the Caribbean, Cuba was once a colony of Spain, until the Spanish-American war in 1898.

Wealthy Americans chose Cuba as a holiday destination during the 1950’s not only because of its gorgeous scenery but its proximity to the mainland. It is estimated that nearly 125,000 cars were imported to the tiny island nation. However, in 1959 the golden age of Cuba’s tourism industry came to a halt when Fidel Castro rose to power. Many Americans and wealthy Cuban exiles abandoned their vehicles upon Castro’s rise to power.

Though car ownership is relatively low in Cuba, an iconic image of the nation has become classic Fords, Chryslers, and Chevrolets, cruising through narrow streets decades later. Castro’s ban on imported foreign vehicles is only one reason why Cuba has so many old cars, here are a few others:

l The United States

Relations between Cuba and the U.S. have always been tenuous at best and downright hostile at worst. After Castro’s revolution, the relationship between the two nations soured for decades. The icy relationship was solidified when Cuba began trading sugar for oil with the Soviet Union in 1959.

In response, the U.S. imposed a strict trade embargo on the island nation. The embargo started with American companies then moved further to include foreign trade ships. This effectively isolated Cuba from a large portion of the world with two major exceptions; Canada and the Netherlands.

l The Soviet Union

Cuba and the Soviet Union’s friendly relationship during the 1950’s and 1960’s took place during the height of the Cold War further straining U.S./Cuba relations. In an attempt to alleviate the car crisis on the island the Soviet Union shipped vehicles to Cuba but they were primarily for state use. Private citizens allowed to purchase vehicles from foreign powers, such as Canada were forced to deal with strict guidelines. Car purchases were limited to government agents who completed service abroad or high ranking bureaucrats. Effectively car imports to Cuba were minuscule compared to what they had been during the 1950’s.

l Weak Economy

The Cuban economy has struggled for decades. Trade embargoes and self-imposed import/export restrictions have smothered growth and expansion in the country. Currently, it is estimated the median salary for average citizens is $22 a day. Further exacerbating the problem, in the 1990’s the U.S. government imposed penalties against companies doing business with Cuba. Thus Cuba lacks the resources to buy cars from places such as Europe, Japan or Canada and has them shipped to the nation. Instead, they maintain the cars leftover from decades ago.

l Car Maintenance

Purchasing vehicles in Cuba isn’t the only challenge facing the nation. Along with the ban on car imports, Castro also banned the importation of car parts. The effect of this ban can still be seen today. Many of these old cars have been maintained through the sheer ingenuity of the Cuban people. Car parts have been manufactured from common household items, reused from other cars that no longer work or using Soviet technology left over from the days when the Soviet Union had a strong relationship with Cuba.

Many of these classic cars have been modified to accept replacement engines. Replacement engines are mostly diesel fueled, creating an entirely new set of environmental problems. However, without these engines, the classic cars of Cuba wouldn’t exist today.


Cubans have put so much passion, commitment and time into maintaining these vehicles; it would be a waste to simply get rid of them because they’re outdated. The ban on foreign automobiles inevitably disrupted an entire industry in Cuba rendering it both old and innovative in today’s world.

The Difference between Classics, Vintage & Antique Cars

Many people might think that a car is just a machine for transportation. However, a car enthusiast knows they are much more than this. For many auto buffs, vehicles represent a way of life. This is especially true for the older vehicles that remain from the past. When it comes to older vehicles, knowing the difference between a classic, vintage and antique car is very useful. The following information will explain how they all vary.


General Information about Automobile Classification of Older Cars



Generally speaking, an older automobile is classified according to the year it was manufactured. Many states have laws which define the categorization of vehicles for insurance and DMV purposes. Car clubs even have their own rules for defining older automobiles.


While there is no set guideline for categorizing an automobile, there are some agreed-upon standards. Vehicles that are 20 years or older are usually called classic vehicles. An antique vehicle is older than 45-years-old. Vintage cars are vehicles that were built between 1919 and 1930. There are some gray areas to these standards. Also, some vehicles can be put within two of these categories.


Information about Antique Cars


Each state has their own set of laws which define an antique car. A person will have to check with their state’s DMV or insurance company to figure out the definition. Here are some more in-depth rules about antique vehicles:


  • They must be kept in their original condition or they must be as close to their original condition as possible. Modified vehicles beyond a certain point can longer be classified as an antique car.


  • Antique vehicles must have special license plates.


  • Owners will also have to order special parts for their vehicles. This means that vintage vehicle owners will have to have the parts special made and ordered.


  • Insurance rates for vintage vehicles will also be higher because the parts and cars are rare.


Information about Classic Cars


Classic cars are vehicles that have been manufactured between 20 and 40 years ago. These vehicles typically have spare parts and the insurance is not that high for them even though they might be discontinued models. Many car organizations, lawmakers and enthusiasts require that classic cars be kept close to their original condition to receive this classification.


Information about Vintage Cars


Generally speaking, a vintage car is one that has been among the first vehicles ever produced in the history of automobile manufacturing. Vehicles produced after 1930 tend to fall in the classic category because there was a shift in design at this point. Some lawmakers and organizations state that the cut off time was in 1925. Vintage cars typically have high insurance rates and owners will have a hard time finding spare parts for them in the event they break down. Also, these vehicles require special license plates.


Keep in mind that the standards presented here are general guidelines. Vintage, antique and classic vehicles can be trucks, vans, cars or even tractor machines. Each of these different vehicle types has their own unique style and their own unique look. Don’t forget, that these vehicles are rare and they will require money, knowledge, and upkeep to maintain them.


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5 Things You Need to Know Before Buying a Classic Car

Before Buying a Classic Car, here are the 5 things you need to know


Identify the dissimilarity between an old car and a classic one

Most of the classic cars frequently require a lot of attention, you may spend up to an entire fortune just to maintain rather than you could while driving it. So first buyers are advised to buy a car that will require less work, little or not at all because buying a car for restoration will cost them a higher budget and not to forget the unlimited treat of expertise.


So the old cars are sometimes called classic. They will cost you a lot of money and immense upkeep yet they are not even rare models. Ensure you that you purchase a car that will not require so much value immediately after taking it out from the shop



Pick the correct classic car

I know you might be interested in a specific example of a classic car, but kindly broaden your favorite style and outline your options as much as you can. It is very important. If you are a primarily time purchaser, you should know that these cars frequently need a certain amount of maintenance and can extremely be quite expensive to repair and maintain.


It is always better to choose from the budding car since it is something that isn’t tremendously rare and you can easily find some affordable parts. In any case, the safest bet happens to be classics that were in the 80s.


Review the insurance alternatives for a model car.

Insurance for a model car is much extra expensive than when insuring a brand new car. However, premiums differ widely according to the model and the brand. Go for an insurance corporation that focusses in old cars, and the one that comprises a package which will give you the protection you need, be it from damage or theft.

Luckily, insurance rates are quite lower than some people say it to be. Apparently, only a few people are using classic cars for everyday use hence making the insurance rates at cheap premiums.

Be aware of your mechanical bounds

When buying a model car, just put in to consider whatever it is that you know or your abilities and knowledge. If you can carry out the mechanical repairs and maintenance by yourself, then the better. This is because the mechanic that specializes only in vintage cars might not be available at the moment you need him or it might be a bit costly. So if you are confident in the knowledge you have, you might as well apply it.

By doing so, you won’t have to spend a lot of money on repairing or maintaining. The internet has made it quite easy so you can always google to find out more or maybe look for the missing parts.


Be cautious of rust

Make another offer once you spot any corrode on the car. The car might lead loosing its original bodywork character if not replaced or treated immediately.

This is normally a sign of poor maintenance or maybe years of neglect. So you can make an offer and have it repaired.


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5 Best Vintage Cars of All Time

Nowadays, there are many vintage cars available on the market. This is as a result of the many innovations which are being undertaken in the motor industry. Unfortunately, only a few people can afford the new vintage cars. The recent car brands available in the market are too expensive for the economy class to purchase. This results in an increase in demand for the all-time vintage cars. One can argue that vintage isn’t necessary; one only needs to move from one locality to the other. That is wrong, one should purchase a quality automotive- It is durable and reduces the maintenance costs.



The 5 best vintage cars of all time include the following:

The wagons

There is always an assumption that the older the model the greater the depreciation value. Surprisingly, the wagons never depreciate that much. For instance, the 1966 country squire and the 1967 sport-wagon are still in good condition and have strong engines. They can be purchased at an affordable price. They range between $8000 and $ 10000.

The Porsches

The Porsche 914 (1972- 1975 model) is an all-time vintage car. Unlike the newly available Porsches in the market, it is less automatic and elegant. However, it is cheap and hence affordable. It roughly goes for $8000 -$12000. The Porsche 914 has a good looking shape and an average speed to serve you well.


The TR6

The 1969-1973 TR6 models are examples of all-time vintage cars. Initially, they have considered sports cars but can be converted for other purposes. The TR6 costs approximately $15,000, an affordable price to many people. Additionally, the spare parts for this particular motor are readily available. TR6 has a 2.5litre engine cylinder. This is very advantageous for the economy class who can barely afford a decent car.

The Pontiac GTO

The Pontiac GTO (1964-1970 model) is still a strong automotive one can consider purchasing though, it is rare. It is not only cheap but also easy to maintain. The market price for this particular automotive is $30000 or less. It has a big engine with a manual transmission system.


The Ford Mustang

The Ford Mustang, a 1969-1970 car model is another example of an all-time classic car which is underrated. The automotive especially the 1429 cobra jet, has a strong engine which is as powerful as most of the modern cars. The Ford Mustang is cheaper than most of the new classic cars.

Lastly, all the all-time vintage cards above are cheaper than the modern cars. But, require one to maintain them well. This includes regular servicing and repairs. It’s only through this one will be assured of a quality car. Also, it makes the cars to remain durable and reduces the maintenance costs. When one opts to purchase an all-time vintage car instead of the modern cars, he/she ends up saving a lot of cash.



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