The 1930s were a tough time for all involved. The Great Depression brought the world economy crashing down and millions of workers were forced to live a back-to-basics lifestyle, with few of the daily luxuries that we now take for granted. However, this didn’t stop car manufacturers from pushing the boat out and the period gave birth to some iconic designs that were ahead of their time.
1939 DELAHAYE TYPE 165 CABRIOLET
Only five of these French beauties were ever made and it’s unknown how many are still on the roads today. Its swooping lines give it a suitable futuristic feel and its fast too, with a 4.5 litre V12 engine. Just imagine seeing one drive past in 1939.
1931 DUESENBERG MODEL J DERHAM TOURSTER
This stately machine is one of only eight left in the world. It’s rare, gorgeous and preposterously large and features a 265bhp straight eight powerplant.
1935 AUBURN B/T SPEEDSTER
This stunning little sports car can boast the title of one of the most attractively designed American coupes ever. It’s most powerful iteration featured a 4.5 litre supercharged engine, providing around 125bhp.
1938 BUGATTI TYPE 57SC
This is one of the most recognisable Bugattis ever, thanks in no small part to its curvaceous front fenders and rear split window. The Type 57SC’s supercharged engine pumped out an impressive 200bhp, making it one of the quickest cars of the era.
1932 DAIMLER DOUBLE-SIX
Its striking road presence was matched by its huge V12 engine, which was about as un-refined as the view from the cabin.
1937 TALBOT LAGO T150 SS FIGONI & FALASCHI TEARDROP COUPE
Many cars were influenced by the Art Deco movement during the 1930s, but the T150 SS was arguably the best looking – it’s essential a rolling work of art.
1935 MERCEDES-BENZ 500K ROADSTER
In this combination of candy red paint and pale cream leather, we can’t think of a car in the world we want more than the Mercedes 500K Roadster.
1938 PHANTOM CORSAIR
The Phantom Corsair was the Batmobile of the 1930s. It also has the best name of any car. Ever.
1938 ALFA ROMEO 8C 2900B
Alfa Romeo are known for producing some of the most aesthetically pleasing cars of today, but their automobiles of yesteryear weren’t so bad either. The 8C is right up there with the best, featuring those curved fenders that were so popular during the era.
1930 MERCEDES-BENZ SSK ‘COUNT TROSSI’
This one-off Mercedes features a redesigned exterior, specially constructed for the famous Italian race-driver Carlo Felice Trossi. It is, quite simply, stunning.