Automobiles and Classic Cars

From Karl Benz in 1885 to Elon Musk's Tesla, cars have always been a passion for some. See the evolution of car technology and the types of cars that caught our fancy in the past.
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In the 1880's, in an effort to invent an automobile that could be used every day - rather than just a fire pumper or a locomotive for special use - inventors tried steam, gasoline, or electricity as a means of power. We all know that gasoline, or sometimes diesel, eventually became the most common use of fuel. Now we are trying to use other types of fuel but the vintage cars that you find on these pages are mainly gasoline powered so you can find photos of gas stations in this collection as well.

Vintage cars can still be found on the road because many people still have a passion for them - and it's always a thrill when you see a well-restored old car driving by. From an early Mercedes-Benz to a model T to a Corvair, classic cars have varied sizes, shapes, and capabilities. Wealthy people mainly had cars before 1910 but when Henry Ford introduced the Model T in 1908, every middle class home could afford a car due to the assembly line and mass production. The "automobile age" was born!

Did you know?

- Ford's widely available 1908 Model T is often misidentified as the first automobile. However, Karl Benz created the modern automobile many years earlier in 1886 with the Benz Patent-Motorwagen.

- The Model T was created before the Model A - the "T" or "tin lizzy" cost $825 in 1908, the equivalent of $21,123.52 today, and came only in black. But by 1916, the price had dropped to $360 - $8,616.37. The last model year of the Model T was 1927, when the Model A was introduced.

- The Smithsonian Museum has a car collection of about 80 automobiles. The museum began collecting cars in 1899.

- More VW Beetles have been made than any other car. Designed by Ferdinand Porsche in the 1930's, the car went on sale in 1945 - production was delayed because of WW2. 21 million "Bugs" were made.
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A photo of Thelma Strickland with friend Bonnie Ward in Roswell,Georgia circa 1944
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Aug 29, 1924 - Apr 1, 2013
Added Jan 24, 2016 by: Zoobin Zales
Zoobin Zales
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A photo of Carl Axel Alfredson
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Jun 10, 1890 - Sep 16, 1940
Added Jan 14, 2016 by: Matthew Ryan McNeil
Matthew Ryan McNeil
159 favorites
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A photo of an unknown couple - 87 - Front
Added Dec 29, 2015 by: Drenda Medina
Drenda Medina
341 favorites
A photo of Arlene Gallagher
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Unknown - Nov 11, 2014
Added May 25, 2015 by: Brenda Wagner
Brenda Wagner
266 favorites
A photo of Heather Agnes (Bell) Wilson
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Oct 6, 1919 - Feb 3, 2005
A photo of Lockport, NY Locks and vintage vehicle: Written on the back of this photo say "FREDDY AND HIS NEW CAR 1933" John J. Rynkiewicz (JJRynk@hotmail.com)
Added Feb 11, 2015 by: John J. Rynkiewicz
John J. Rynkiewicz
190 favorites
A photo of Margaret Clara Pilcher and Maud Mary Pilcher
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Added Jan 25, 2015 by: Cathie Allen
Cathie Allen
108 favorites
A photo of Orno Sloan
People in this photo:
Nov 21, 1891 - Oct 3, 1964
Mrs Hough in auto is the caption on this photo but you can see where the term horseless carriage comes from - this truly looks like a carriage where someone forgot the horse! There's no date on the photo (just a date range - 1905 through 1945) but it has to truly be on the very early end of this range. It's a lovely neighborhood and the streets are paved . . . nice life she has! Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Harris and Ewing.
People in this photo:
Unknown - Unknown
Added Oct 4, 2011 by: Kathy Pinna
Kathy Pinna
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Joe Trepina (Standing), Anton Rybica (front seat) and Sylvia Trepina waving from back seat. c.1940
People in this photo:
Unknown - Unknown
Added Jul 24 by: Robert Boyd
Robert Boyd
120 favorites
George Rybica and Joe Trepina 1933.
People in this photo:
Jul 30, 1909 - Aug 12, 1979
Added Jul 24 by: Robert Boyd
Robert Boyd
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This is a photo of Elmer Ray Tyler added by Brigette Meeker on July 14, 2020.
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Mar 24, 1918 - Jul 16, 2010
Added Jul 14 by: Brigette Meeker
Brigette Meeker
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Marvin in his blue Ford in front of their house.
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May 9, 1907 - Mar 25, 1980
Added Jul 9 by: Grace Brewer
Grace Brewer
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This is a photo of Thomas Sylvia Trexler added by Melissa Trexler Kirchner on July 1, 2020.
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Mar 12, 1921 - Apr 24, 1980
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Denning Family Group Eugowra NSW Australia Beared man James Denning 1866 Orange NSW Australia
People in this photo:
Unknown - Unknown
Added May 19 by: Nat Wood
Nat Wood
34 favorites
This is a photo of Campgrounds Custer South Dakota added by Kat Schwartz on May 15, 2020.
Added May 15 by: Kat Schwartz
Kat Schwartz
313 favorites
This is a photo of James Isaac Reed Sr. added by Jim Reed on May 9, 2020. Automobile is a 1946 or 1947 Nash 600.
People in this photo:
1892 - 1969
Added May 9 by: Jim Reed
Jim Reed
24 favorites
This is a photo of Arthur (Born Adolph) John Sprenzel Sr. added on May 5, 2020.
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Oct 14, 1904 - Jan 29, 1980
Added May 5 by: S Sprenzel
S Sprenzel
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This is a photo of Grandpa Al added by Kathleen L Sapienza on May 5, 2020.
Added May 5 by: Kathleen L Sapienza
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Marked May 1921 and the initials B.J. Other photos found with this one marked 1920s/1940s Iowa
Added May 5 by: Kat Schwartz
Kat Schwartz
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Other photos found with this one marked 1920s/1940s Iowa
Added May 5 by: Kat Schwartz
Kat Schwartz
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This is a photo of Floyd Lockhart added by Michelle Lockhart on April 4, 2020.
People in this photo:
Sep 18, 1910 - May 1987
Added Apr 4 by: Michelle Lockhart
Michelle Lockhart
5 favorites
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This is a photo of Myron E.Maple added by Linda Carson Rvt on April 3, 2020.
People in this photo:
around 1927 - Unknown
Added Apr 3 by: Linda Carson Rvt
Linda Carson Rvt
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This is a photo of Frank Benda added by Petr Zenkl on April 2, 2020.
People in this photo:
Jan 12, 1895 - September 1977
Added Apr 2 by: Petr Zenkl
Petr Zenkl
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This is a photo of Cecilia Benda added by Petr Zenkl on April 2, 2020.
People in this photo:
Dec 21, 1903 - October 1979
Added Apr 2 by: Petr Zenkl
Petr Zenkl
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This is a photo of Pearl H Fosnaugh added by Mark Stafford on March 19, 2020.
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Nov 7, 1908 - Nov 20, 1995
Added Mar 19 by: Mark Stafford
Mark Stafford
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This is a photo of Curtis F Mcclain 1943 added by Diane Wallace on March 14, 2020.
People in this photo:
Mar 30, 1913 - June 1989
Added Mar 14 by: Diane Wallace
Diane Wallace
12 favorites
A photo of Steve and his beloved 1936/1937 Cord Card. It wasn't racing; it was an antique car show.
People in this photo:
Sep 7, 1927 - Nov 25, 1985
Added Jan 26 by: Sandi Soresso
Sandi Soresso
12 favorites
A photo of Lewis G Silkman
People in this photo:
around 1920 - Unknown
Added Nov 4, 2019 by: Richard Hughes
Richard Hughes
3 favorites
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A photo of Harry Herbert Whitney
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Jun 21, 1917 - Feb 23, 2003
Added Oct 30, 2019 by: Don Whitney
Don Whitney
15 favorites
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A photo of Harry Herbert Whitney
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Jun 21, 1917 - Feb 23, 2003
Added Oct 30, 2019 by: Don Whitney
Don Whitney
15 favorites
A photo of Fred Wittman in the 1940s
People in this photo:
Unknown - Unknown
Added Oct 23, 2019 by: Thomas Brett
Thomas Brett
80 favorites
A photo of Quintin D Labarinto
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Sep 30, 1908 - Mar 30, 2005
Added Oct 13, 2019 by: Ethel Labarinto
Ethel Labarinto
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A photo of John Boseak
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Nov 26, 1921 - Mar 30, 1974
Added Oct 12, 2019 by: Mary Boseak
Mary Boseak
5 favorites
A photo of Thomas and Mary Ashenden with their car. Found at a Texas antique store with other photos of the Ashenden family of Massachusetts. Written on the back "Uncle Tom Newby + Aunt Mary + their car". This photo was probably taken in England
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Oct 6, 1838 - Unknown
Added Sep 6, 2019 by: Roxy Triebel
Roxy Triebel
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Postcard found at an antique show. Handwriting on the back is addressed to Mr. Floyd Ball, 810 W. Pine St., Independence, Kansas. "Dear Brother, I will send you a picture we had taken the 22 of Oct. Is it very cold there now and do you go very much in your chair or is it to [sic] cold roll over and see me some day. Bye Bye now." Very annoying that none of the people IN the photo are named. They sure are proud of that nice car.
Added Aug 24, 2019 by: Roxy Triebel
Roxy Triebel
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A photo of Frieda Berta (Enderwitz) Welz
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Mar 22, 1905 - Mar 31, 1973
Added Aug 11, 2019 by: Brian Enderwitz
Brian Enderwitz
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A photo of Edward Hurlbut
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Dec 19, 1929 - January 1987
Added Jul 25, 2019 by: Taunji Hurlbut
Taunji Hurlbut
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A photo of Earl Edward Smith with an unidentified lady friend in 1923. Grandpa is being silly and wearing her hat.
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May 1, 1900 - May 22, 1982
Added May 19, 2019 by: Roxy Triebel
Roxy Triebel
1.25k+ favorites
A photo of the Schulcz Family, Car and Dog - Taken at the Elias LÜBECK farm house in Sânnicolau Mare, Romania. In the background, the farmhouse backyard and garage door. The man sited on the cars doorstem is Ludovic Schulcz, standing behind him is his wife Ana (born Ehrenreich, the step doubter of Elias LÜBECK), in the passenger seat their daughter Lenka (Markovits by marriage), behind the wheel is Katrina Schulcz, Ludovic's sister. The family's dog is there too :)
People in this photo:
Unknown - Unknown
Dad's best and most favorite, a TR-3. After the arrival of child #3, it was sold. Helping daddy wash the car.
People in this photo:
Apr 20, 1928 - Jan 20, 1977
Added Jan 19, 2019 by: Gaye Thomas
Gaye Thomas
341 favorites
A photo of Reb Cleveland Newkirk
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Nov 28, 1893 - Oct 24, 1962
Added Jan 2, 2019 by: Keith O
Keith O
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A photo of Edward Lovelady Holmes
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1834 - Unknown
Added Oct 23, 2018 by: Rebekah Ramsey
Rebekah Ramsey
27 favorites
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A photo of George Winston Rymer
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May 8, 1895 - Dec 29, 1946
Added Aug 28, 2018 by: Rheia Marino
Rheia Marino
26 favorites
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A photo of Henry Schwarting
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Oct 27, 1893 - 1985
Added Aug 13, 2018 by: Sharon Beay
Sharon Beay
11 favorites
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A photo of Francis E. " Dusty" Miller
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1923 - Unknown
Added Jul 16, 2018 by: Donna Miller Trivinia
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A photo of Earl W Dearborn
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Aug 8, 1890 - Dec 7, 1969
Added Jun 5, 2018 by: Connie Dearborn-Tubbs
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A photo of Eldred Eugene Hughes
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Jun 16, 1929 - Mar 6, 2001
Added Mar 24, 2018 by: Teddy Hughes
Teddy Hughes
4 favorites
A photo of Donna Mae (Morgan) Wolner
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Aug 31, 1933 - Nov 15, 2016
Added Mar 8, 2018 by: Patricia Walling
Patricia Walling
425 favorites
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