Video of the Day: Great coachbuilt classic cars during the 1920s and ’30s

The era of fine custom luxury machines flourished between the world war years

1
classic
This custom Isotta Fraschini was ordered by silent-film star Rudolph Valentino

The Video of the Day is a comprehensive look at the great classic cars of the 1920s and ‘30s, coachbuilt luxury craft from such automakers as Duesenberg, Packard, Cadillac, Rolls-Royce, Isotta Fraschini and Hispano Suiza, and owned by the highest echelon of wealth and celebrity.

“It was a time when the finest automobiles in the world were built – the era of the custom-bodied, luxury car,” according to the GreatcarsTV.com description with the video. “Some feel that this 20-year period from about 1920 to roughly 1940 was an Olympian Age of automotive design, much like the flourishing of Greek culture in Athens in the 5th Century BC.”

These cars were priced in their day way out of reach of regular people, which contributes to their rarity and value today.  They’re still out of reach for normal folk, many priced well into the millions.

This 25-minute video is informative and well-worth watching, telling the stories of the rise of history’s great classic cars during the flush times and their decline as the Great Depression took hold. 

Advertisement
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

1 COMMENT

  1. Loved this video. My dad who was born in 1908 grew up during this period and knew all about a lot of these brands and models. Although he wasn’t able to leave an inheritance, one of his legacies to me was much more valuable – his love for fine cars like these. Thanks!

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here