The Allure of the Automobile

3,658 views

Published on

The Allure of the Automobile

In the decades leading up to and immediately following the Great Depression and World War II, luxury automakers worldwide reached new heights in engineering, aerodynamics, styling, and performance. Considered the Golden Age in the history of the automobile, the artistry and craftsmanship achieved from the 1930s through the 1960s remains remarkable.

Created for the privileged few, these luxurious, custom-built automobiles embodied style, speed, and elegance. American luxury automakers such as Packard, Pierce-Arrow, and Duesenberg vied for business with such storied British automakers and older European firms as Aston Martin, Mercedes-Benz, and Bugatti through striking innovation in engine configurations and an emphasis on elegant, streamlined shapes that pioneered the advanced designs to come.

Post-war European cars reflect the intense competition heritage that dictated their functionality and design. Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Aston Martin, Jaguar, and Ferrari all established their credentials on racetracks, and used road-going models to help finance their competitive efforts while ensuring their survival as automakers. By 1950s and 1960s, American cars made by General Motors, Chrysler, and Tucker came to illustrate the unbridled exuberance of the post-war era, influenced by aircraft, rocketry, and futuristic inventiveness.

These eighteen spectacular examples of pre- and post-war luxury vehicles illustrate the creativity of a group of design visionaries whose artistry remains unparalleled.

Published in: Automotive, Business
0 Comments
3 Likes
Statistics
Notes
  • Be the first to comment

No Downloads
Views
Total views
3,658
On SlideShare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
42
Actions
Shares
0
Downloads
48
Comments
0
Likes
3
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide
  • Dimensional Design
  • Allure of the Automobile Exhibit
  • Photos by the designers of Dimensional Design
  • Classic Automobile Pictures
  • Model Car Poster
  • Packard Twelve Automobile
  • Antique Automobile Backgrounds
  • Car Backgrounds
  • Automobile Screensavers
  • Antique Automobile posters
  • Classic car models
  • Modern Classic Automobiles
  • Classic Bugatti Screensaver
  • Bugatti Background
  • T Model Car photo
  • Antique Automobile Engine
  • Caminos Race Car Photo
  • Antique Car Interior
  • Mustang Race Car
  • Mercedes T Model Car
  • Mercedes Classic Automobile
  • Antique Corvettes
  • Old Corvettes
  • Corvette Stingray photo
  • Stingray automobile screensavers
  • Corvette Stingray screensaver
  • Classic Automobile Photos
  • Old Classical Car photos by Dimensional Design
  • ×