When it comes to a mixture of cool and classy from a bygone era, it’s hard to beat a DeSoto. The DeSoto Six first hit the market in 1929, available for an affordable $845 for two-door choices and $955 for the top model, called the DeLujo Sedan. The cheaper price helped it to set record sales and become one of the most popular American cars after its introduction.
It also helped that Chrysler entered the DeSoto into the 1929 24 Hours of Le Mans, an endurance race that was incredibly hard to complete just because driving for that long is hard on any engine. However, the DeSoto completed, even if it didn’t win the race. The buying public was still interested in a car that wouldn’t break down as much, however.
1933 Cadillac V-16
We aren’t sure exactly what kind of 1933 Cadillac it is that we see here, but it’s most likely a V-16, which was a top-of-the-line model for ten years. The “Cadillac Sixteen,” as it was known at the time, was the first V16-powered car in the United States, which made it not only extremely powerful but also really expensive, an odd choice for the difficult years of the Great Depression.
Every one of them was built-to-order, with a total of a little over four thousand built. However, it was much cheaper than the Bugatti Royale, of which only six were made. Announcing the costliest Cadillac right after the Great Depression is certainly a move, but nobody can deny these cars had a memorable style.
1939 Chevrolet Master Coupe
If you like your imported Toyota, you can thank the Chevrolet Master, which was one of the more expensive models that Chevrolet was selling at the time. Before the Imperial Japanese Government appropriated the Chevy factories in Japan, they were sold in knock-down kits and assembled in Osaka.
Once the war ended, Toyota took apart a Chevy Master to see how they should start building their cars. These cars are made to cruise, and the bright, cheery colors that they show off are made to get people looking their way. It might not be the belle of the car show ball, but it still looks like it’s a great little unit to drive around within your dame.
1936 Packard Super Eight Coupe
This is the larger of the two eight-cylinder luxury automobiles that the Packard Motor Car Company made. It was a big, weighty design; the version we see here was before they trimmed it down to a lighter size. If it looks like this is the kind of thing that only movie stars or politicians could drive, well, that’s just how cars looked back then.
Blame whoever is in charge of designing them now if you don’t like it. The coupe design doesn’t have a lot of space in the back for your extras, but it has more than enough flair while tooling down a rainy avenue. This series eventually got renamed to the 400 in 1951 when Packard went through a style change.
1932 Bucciali TAV8-32 V12 ‘Fléche d’Or’
From 1922 until 1933, the automotive world had an amazing piece, the Bucciali. Just take a look at that swanky ride – it doesn’t matter where you happen to take that thing; it’s going to draw attention. It’s going to draw a whole lot of attention since there’s a whole lot of cars to look at. That thing could contain a whole additional car inside of the engine compartment.
It was one of the first cars to feature front-wheel drive, creating a sensation at the October 1928 22nd Paris Motor Show. In addition, it had a Sensaud de Lavaud infinitely variable transmission, which sounds really, really cool, even if we can’t exactly figure out what it does. The name Fléche d’Or came from a luxury boat train in France.