10 Facts about Vintage Cars!
The subject of vintage cars has interested many automobile and automobile history fans for years. So what makes vintage cars so interesting? How come many automobile experts are attracted to this specific area of interest? We hope to find out with these 10 facts about vintage cars. Scroll down to get your knowledge on everything related to vintage cars.
- The time period during which vintage cars were manufactured is known as the Vintage Era. The Era lasted from 1918 (after World War I) to 1930 (around the time of the American Great Depression).
- Front-engine cars were becoming popular along with closed bodies and standardised controls. By 1929, 90% of cars manufactured had closed bodies.
- Malcolm Loughead, co-founder of Lockheed, invented hydraulic brakes in the year 1919. The breaks were adopted for Dusenberg’s 1921 Model A.
- Internal combustion engine development continued at a fast rate along with overhead camshaft and multi-valve engines. V8, V12 and V16 engines were produced for the elite and uber-rich.
- The first automatic transmission was invented by Hermann Rieseler in 1921. It had a torque converter, a lock-up box and a two-speed planetary gearbox. However, it never made it to production.
- The Austin 7 was produced from 1922 to 1939. It was one of the most widely copied cars ever. Many automobile companies like Nissan and BMW have taken inspiration from this car for some of their models.
- The ponton design of cars was introduced in small units during this period. The design was without articulated fenders, running boards and other ledge elements that were not compact.
- The Cadillac V-16 was developed in 1930. It joined the Bugatti Royale as the vintage era’s most legendary ultra-luxury cars.
- The Lancia Lambda was the first car to have a load-bearing monocoque and independent front suspension. It was produced from 1922 to 1931.
- The Ford Model A was the best-selling model of the era- more than 4 million were sold. It was produced from 1927 to 1931. The Ford Model A was actually a prototype model for the beginning of mass car production by the Soviet Union.
These are some interesting facts about vintage cars that will have definitely got your attention. These facts won’t turn you into an expert overnight but it’s a good place to start. If you and your friends happen to be huge vintage car enthusiasts, you can head to Forum Sujana Mall to check out some amazing vintage cars at the Exclusive Vintage & Classic Car Show that’s happening from 26th to 28th January. Head to Forum Sujana Mall this weekend to get your dose of vintage automobiles!