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Route 66

  • Unlike the 1920s, in which car manufacturers focused mainly on aesthetics, cars of the 1930s were more function oriented
  • The 1930s had many new innovations when it came to cars including hydraulic brakes and V16 engines
  • Cars also became smoother and more aerodynamic reducing wind resistance and increasing performance
  • Low pressure balloon tires took the place of hard-riding high-pressure tires, thus improving stability
  • The 1930s also saw the rise of the "Big 3" automakers: Ford, GM, and Chrysler
  • A list of many cars produced in the 1930s:

The video below shows many cars made in the 1930s. In the 1930s, it is unlikely that this many cars would have been on the road given the depression, however this video was made by the U.K. Commercial Travelers Association to increase awareness of the usefulness of cars.

  • Because of the amount of cars created in the 1920s, junk yards were made a popular place to send worn out cars
  • The rise of junk yards was also because automotive technology progressed so quickly that many old cars became obsolete
  • Before being placed in junk yards, cars were scrapped for their parts to make new, better cars

Below is a junk yard filled with cars from the 1920s

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