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
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A photo of an unknown couple - 87 - Front
Added Dec 29, 2015 by: Drenda Medina
Drenda Medina
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A photo of Arlene Gallagher
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Unknown - Nov 11, 2014
Added May 25, 2015 by: Brenda Wagner
Brenda Wagner
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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
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A photo of Margaret Clara Pilcher and Maud Mary Pilcher
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Added Jan 25, 2015 by: Cathie Allen
Cathie Allen
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A photo of Orno Sloan
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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.
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Unknown - Unknown
Added Oct 4, 2011 by: Kathy Pinna
Kathy Pinna
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This is a photo of Lenore Evelyn (Edin) Anderson added by Wyatt Juelson on January 13, 2021.
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Nov 1, 1944 - Unknown
Added Jan 13 by: Wyatt Juelson
Wyatt Juelson
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This is a photo of Helen Vitek added by Katherine Klein on November 24, 2020.
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Jan 5, 1917 - Aug 15, 2000
Added Nov 24, 2020 by: Katherine Klein
Katherine Klein
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This is a photo of Wilbur Bregg added by Michele Weeder on November 12, 2020.
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Mar 26, 1918 - Nov 12, 1989
Added Nov 12, 2020 by: Michele Weeder
Michele Weeder
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This is a photo of Thomas W Parry added by Paul Williams on September 6, 2020.
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Mar 28, 1887 - Nov 15, 1965
Added Sep 6, 2020 by: Paul Williams
Paul Williams
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This is a photo of July 1958 added by Jesse Dean Williams on September 4, 2020.
This is a photo of Selva Eugene McGinty added by Jesse Dean Williams on September 4, 2020.
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Jul 2, 1923 - Feb 14, 1996
Added Sep 4, 2020 by: Jesse Dean Williams
Jesse Dean Williams
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This is a photo of Girl with her Car added by Jesse Dean Williams on September 3, 2020.
Added Sep 3, 2020 by: Jesse Dean Williams
Jesse Dean Williams
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This is a photo of Unknown Men and a Car added by Jesse Dean Williams on September 3, 2020.
This is a photo of Unknown man with Car added by Jesse Dean Williams on September 3, 2020.
Added Sep 3, 2020 by: Jesse Dean Williams
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This is a photo of Possibly 1950's Girl and Parked Cars added by Jesse Dean Williams on September 3, 2020.
Added Sep 3, 2020 by: Jesse Dean Williams
Jesse Dean Williams
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This is a photo of Unknown Man and Car added by Jesse Dean Williams on September 3, 2020.
Added Sep 3, 2020 by: Jesse Dean Williams
Jesse Dean Williams
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This is a photo of Road Trip added by Jesse Dean Williams on September 3, 2020.
This is a photo of Jeep full to capacity added by Jesse Dean Williams on September 3, 2020.
This is a photo of Car Trouble added by Jesse Dean Williams on September 3, 2020.
Added Sep 3, 2020 by: Jesse Dean Williams
Jesse Dean Williams
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This is a photo of Unknown Person with 1940's Ford Sedan added by Jesse Dean Williams on September 3, 2020.
Added Sep 3, 2020 by: Jesse Dean Williams
Jesse Dean Williams
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Bert's first car.
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Oct 31, 1902 - Jan 30, 2000
Joe Trepina (Standing), Anton Rybica (front seat) and Sylvia Trepina waving from back seat. c.1940
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Jul 30, 1909 - Aug 12, 1979
Added Jul 24, 2020 by: Robert Boyd
Robert Boyd
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George Rybica and Joe Trepina 1933.
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Jul 30, 1909 - Aug 12, 1979
Added Jul 24, 2020 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, 2020 by: 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, 2020 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
Added Jul 1, 2020 by: Melissa Trexler Kirchner
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Denning Family Group Eugowra NSW Australia Beared man James Denning 1866 Orange NSW Australia
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Unknown - Unknown
Added May 19, 2020 by: Nat Wood
Nat Wood
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This is a photo of Campgrounds Custer South Dakota added by Kat Schwartz on May 15, 2020.
Added May 15, 2020 by: Kat Schwartz
Kat Schwartz
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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.
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1892 - 1969
Added May 9, 2020 by: Jim Reed
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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, 2020 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, 2020 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, 2020 by: Kat Schwartz
Kat Schwartz
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Other photos found with this one marked 1920s/1940s Iowa
Added May 5, 2020 by: Kat Schwartz
Kat Schwartz
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This is a photo of Floyd Lockhart added by Michelle Lockhart on April 4, 2020.
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Sep 18, 1910 - May 1987
Added Apr 4, 2020 by: Michelle Lockhart
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This is a photo of Myron E.Maple added by Linda Carson Rvt on April 3, 2020.
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c. 1927 - Unknown
Added Apr 3, 2020 by: Linda Carson Rvt
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This is a photo of Frank Benda added by Petr Zenkl on April 2, 2020.
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Jan 12, 1895 - September 1977
Added Apr 2, 2020 by: Petr Zenkl
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This is a photo of Cecilia Benda added by Petr Zenkl on April 2, 2020.
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Dec 21, 1903 - October 1979
Added Apr 2, 2020 by: 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, 2020 by: Mark Stafford
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This is a photo of Curtis F Mcclain 1943 added by Diane Wallace on March 14, 2020.
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Mar 30, 1913 - June 1989
Added Mar 14, 2020 by: Diane Wallace
Diane Wallace
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A photo of Steve and his beloved 1936/1937 Cord Card. It wasn't racing; it was an antique car show.
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Sep 7, 1927 - Nov 25, 1985
Added Jan 26, 2020 by: Sandi Soresso
Sandi Soresso
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A photo of Lewis G Silkman
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c. 1920 - Unknown
Added Nov 4, 2019 by: Richard Hughes
Richard Hughes
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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
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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
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A photo of Fred Wittman in the 1940s
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Unknown - Unknown
Added Oct 23, 2019 by: Thomas Brett
Thomas Brett
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