Automobiles in the Great Depression

Great Depression Automobiles

Automobiles were a great invention in the 1920's. Many people liked the idea of having a shorter commuting time, and not having to walk or take a horse and buggie. However, once the Great Depression hit in the early 1930's people no longer bought as many cars. They figured that it would be better to have food, water and clothing for the year. Therefore, many cars went out of production. In 1929, automobiles went for about $73 and in 1932, they were about $8.

Throughout all of the complications during the Great Depression, cars were still perfected to the max. For example, cars became equipped with heaters, radios and sunshades. Low pressure balloon tires took the places of high pressure tires. Also, cars had built- in trunks, synchromesh transmissions

used for smooth shifting, automatic chokes and hydraulic brakes. A new car that was manufactured during the depression was the Cadillac V- 16.

It set a new standard for power, performance and luxury.

Cadillac V- 16

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The 1934 Chevy ran on E85 Ethanol and had a 500 horsepower engine. This car definately made the standards higher, making other competitors work harder to produce a car that Americans would go out and buy. The car looked very similar to a speed racing car.