Art Deco Cars – IOTW Report

Art Deco Cars

BrakeForIt: When it comes to art, most of the time we reserve it for museums and prestigious libraries and universities, but the cars on this list were designed by people who thought different. The cars on this list are some of the most decorative cars that you have ever seen.

These decorative cars are the culmination of what it means to ride in style. Some of these cars are classy, sleek and sophisticated and others are outlandish and loud and full of color and personality. Either way, if you appreciate art, you will appreciate the cars on this list. h/t NAAC.

30 Comments on Art Deco Cars

  1. Cars weren’t enough for my Dad…He didn’t have any money so he brought a partner in and they bought the 10 decommishened passenger cars for 10K…then they bought the Nebraska zephyr’s 5 cars….They never hit the big one, but did always make some money….He was a very big dreamer and I miss him very much…

  2. For me the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS is a timeless classic.
    The Ford Model 40 is the timeless hot rod, but that 1937 Delahaye 145 Chapron Coupe
    is a real head-turner!

    On the other hand, I realize that “Art is in the eye of the beholder”, but the 1935 Stout Scarab is just AFU!

  3. Why is the first art deco car a Nash Ambassador? Those behemoth fugly cars we called bathtub bombers because they looked like upside-down bathtubs. Nash/Ramblers should never be considered to be an art deco style car. Mitt Romneys dad was the chairman of AMC (formed out of the ruins of Hudson, Nash, Rambler and what was left of Packard and Studebaker in the late 50’s) Nash which never produced anything but fugly and cars most Americans hated and didn’t want. Case in point Gremlins, Pacers, Hornets, the ugliest fastback ever made was the AMC Marlin and etc. Nash was also a subsidiary of Kelvinator which made refrigerators back in the 40’s and 50’s. Hell, even Kaiser/Frazer cars were better looking than any Nash/Rambler/AMC ever built.

  4. @willysgoatgruff the first and only
    Your dad had really good taste and judgment.
    One of our neighbors and an early 50s Nash. I’d sit on the steps of our porch when I was a kid and watch that poor guy take a 5 or even 7-point turn to get into his driveway. I think aircraft carriers have a tighter turning radius.

  5. Glad to see the Chrysler Airflow on the list. It revolutionized American auto design.
    I saw a Desoto version sitting in the parking lot of a car repair shop in rural Virginia. Actually, it was just the shell, and completely full of old hubcaps…

  6. F4UCorsair NOVEMBER 29, 2022 AT 1:18 PM….Yep, He never cashed in in a big way, but he would live large for awhile always scouting for another one. Of course the chicks on the side ate up a lot of his profits LOL….I think he enjoyed the thrill of the chase and the negotiating most of all….

    I wince when I think of all the classic cars that I’ve owned and sold for small profits…59 cadillac convertible, 5 1958 buicks, 56 buick convertible, 60 cadillac coupe, 37 chevy coupe 1960’s street rod, 40 ford two door sedan 1960’s street rod….Holy crap I’m stupid!…

  7. We rarely see creativity or artful designs on the Road anymore.
    We have moved toward little 4 cylinder box cars that nearly all look alike. Unless you possess the big bucks.

  8. @cato
    I hear they are selling at quite the markdown right now.
    I also hear there are a lot less crypto grifters breathing, at all

    Ain’t that some funny shit?

  9. I loved pictures of old cars, but that has to be one of the most pathetically written articles I have ever read. Did anybody proof read?

    A car designed by Ford Edsel?

    12 of those busses were made but only 9 still exists? That sounds like a pretty good survival rate if you ask me — unless there were 12 made in 1939 but out of the entire run only 9 remain.

    The Lancia car was made by Lancia? Who would have ever guessed. Oh, in one place it is called the Astura and in another it is call the Asura.

    Lincoln started making cars again in 1942?

    The Rolls Royce Phantom looks more like 1935 than 1925.

    The designers of the Chrysler Airflow want a car that had an efficient shape AND be aerodynamic? Isn’t the idea behind an aerodynamic shape is that it IS efficient? Maybe the writer meant that the designers wanted a practical car with lots of passenger room and luggage space, but like much in this article it was clear as mud.

    I know I have made blog posts with typos and awkwardly written sentences, but I am not a professional writer writing things to be used a click bait and I don’t have an editorial staff behind me.

  10. The Airflow was the first “unibody” design, and specifically engineered to be robust against collision impacts. They advertised the Airflow design by pushing it off a cliff and driving it away after it rested at the bottom.

  11. I sometimes wonder how we stepped backwards regarding beauty in the public square.

    Yeah, Marxism, I know.

    But it just doesn’t make sense when it comes to the common people constantly accepting trash over beauty.

    Common sense should rule.

  12. Jethro

    Some years ago I was looking for one. I had a budget of around 60K. That was about half as much as I needed. Ended up buying a 1969 number matching Z28. At the end of that ordeal I don’t know that I would by another collector car. I think I’d rather find a rolling chassis and build one up.

  13. @Brad
    That’s why I bought my 69 Mach1, 351W.
    It’s not perfect, but looks great on the outside from 5 feet away. You really have to search for the cosmetic flaws.
    An equivalent 390 is 50% more than what mine is worth, and a 428 is twice.

  14. Jethro

    I’m casually looking for a 69 Dart. I’d like to build up another 340 and have some fun. Hard to find one with a clutch in it though.

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