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.
1938 DeSoto Six Series S-5 Coupe Convertible
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.
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.
1941 Buick Eight Coupe
You might be familiar with this car if you’re a fan of Stephen King, but thankfully, these cars aren’t really as evil and twisted as his novel makes them seem. While this car did eventually become known as the Buick Super, it went as the Buick Eight or “Super Eight” due to the pairing of the engravement on the grille and the installation of the Buick Straight-8 engine.
The Coupe styling on this deep blue example of classic Buick construction makes it look ready to soar through space like a torpedo. In fact, that’s exactly what the body was called: Torpedo. It’s a classic example of Art Deco design – and it even offered plenty of bonus hip and shoulder room.
1937 Delahaye Type 145 V-12 Grand Prix
This Delahaye car came about because the French Government and the Automobile Club of France wanted to encourage local manufacturers, offering a million francs to the company that could beat an Italian speed record with 1938 Grand Prix regulations. This ready-to-race vehicle was Delahaye’s first purpose-built racer, and it’s the one that took the prize.
It features a 4.5 liter V12 with three camshafts in the distinct valvetrain. It used a crude aluminum bodywork, and racer Rene Dreyfus got up to 146.6 kph in the car, winning the money and plenty of accolades. However, he ended up racing again and managed to get an even faster time. A mere four 145s were made in all, with two being re-made into road supercars.