Choice Pre-War Cruisers
There is something magical about the cars that were sold between World War I and World War II. The “pre-war” look was heavy, but aerodynamic, masculine, but rather sexy, too. This art-deco look also known as the “coffin cars” will never be replicated and the rock-solid construction was and still is, second-to-none. There were some pre-war styles that did reappear during the post-war era, but as soon as the automakers got their production capabilities back to normal, their cars began to take on a different look. These are a few of the choice pre-war cars that define the era:
Lincoln Zephyr: This car had everything. The shape. The pontoon fenders. The option of a convertible. The ornate grill. The Lincoln Zephyr was available in 1936 and 1942 and it came with a powerful V-12. This car had a low windscreen, bold headlights, and the first streamlined shape that made buyers forget about the Chrysler Airflow. The Lincoln Zephyr pre-war models were 80% of the Lincoln sales. The name disappeared after World War II until the Lincoln Zephyr saw a brief reprise in 2006 before the name changed to the MKZ.
Ford Deluxe Coupe: If you can find a 1939 Ford Deluxe, you will be pleasantly surprised by the ventilating windscreen. You will also enjoy the tear-drop shape headlights that stood apart from the round or oval ones normally seen on cars from this era.
Packard Super 8: High style and the Packard name are synonymous. Even though the automaker is no longer in business, having folded operations in 1958, there were plenty of beautiful cars that would make any collector proud to own. The top pre-war model is the Super Eight, which look like they should all be made into limousines. You will feel like putting on your top hat and tails in one of these beauties.
Buick Century 60: The Buick Century name lasted for many decades, but the Century 60 lasted from 1936 to 1942. There are plenty of car clubs that support this model and the elegant styling makes this car a continual collectible. The tall grill made the car look fit for a very important person and the pontoon fenders made it look like glided down the road.