Popular Cars in the 1930s

by Alexander Sam

The 1930s were an important time for cars in the United States with the introduction of four-wheel hydraulic brakes, radio and heaters. Models began being characterized as more aerodynamic and taking on a smoother shape. This decade of car ingenuity also marked the beginning of V-8, the V-12, and the V-16 engines. Despite the depression of the 1930s and the decline of auto purchases, there were a few models of car that were quite popular.

Buick Series 40

The Series 40 car produced by Buick in the 1930s was one of the company's most successful cars of the decade. The company released new models of the Series 40 in 1934, 1936, 1937, 1939 and 1940. One of the most popular models of the Series 40 was the 1934 model, which was powered by a rear-wheel drive and an eight-cylinder engine, with a max horsepower of 87. The 1934 model was quite large weighing 3,700 lb. The popularity of the vehicle was its styling and eight-cylinder engine performance.

1932 Ford V-8 Cabriolet

The 1932 Ford V-8 Cabriolet was made famous for its one-piece V-8 engine (65 hp), which improved on the previous V4 engine. The V-8 engine was fabricated from one piece and containing a down draft carburetor, which allowed the vehicle to outperform all other popular car competitors in 1932, states The Henry Ford Organization. The car was differently styled with improved proportions, reflecting Edsel Ford's unique design sense. The 1932 model of V-8 Cabriolet weighed around 2,400 lb. The car was popular because it was smaller than other cars and had unique exterior styling. It also had a powerful engine for its size.

Plymouth Model 30U

The Plymouth Model 30U made its debut in 1930, replacing the Plymouth U. The vehicle enjoyed one of the most successful production runs in the company's history lasting for 14 months. Unlike many of the other cars in the 1930s, the Plymouth was only four-cylinders and 48 hp. It came in a number of styles including a four-door model, a business coupe and a true convertible coupe. The car also came with a unique Klaxon 16 horn, which the car became characterized by.

About the Author

Alexander Sam is an avid photographer/traveler. After completing a trip across India, Thailand and Laos he decided that he wasn't made for the cubicle job. Presently he is backpacking across South America and hopes to find himself in another part of the world at this time next year. Sam studied sociology at York University.

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