“When one realises that the motor car has been with us for more than 90 years (now more than a hundred years), and that the accepted “Vintage’ car era occupies a mere 12 of them, it becomes truly remarkable that it can have so much apparent significance and arouse so much interest” Cyril Posthumus - 1970.
The advancement in engine and design technology was and still is a driving force behind motoring, while is also matched the sophistication of those that could afford them. Vehicles became more of a household discussion point after the World War I. A higher availability, more familiarity and a passion for the capability was setting the scene for the future. Some of the more familiar names that come to mind include Mercedes Benz, Daimler, Bugatti, Rolls Royce, Bentley, Maserati, Volvo, Vulcan, Humber, Citroen, Renault, Clyno, Talbot, Scania-Vabis, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Stutz, Packard, Lorraine-Dietrich, Delage, Alfa Romeo, Lancia. And there are many more. Motor vehicles became the show piece for power, wealth, and prosperity being mucho and they opened the world to those that could afford it at that stage.Henry Ford and the Model T made cars a more affordable commodity leading to mass production and rivals hitting the market.
“Save ten steps a day for each of twelve thousand employees, and you will have saved fifty miles of wasted motion and misspent energy” Henry Ford.
Many car makers that entered the market, some with one or two actual cars, a short model range or those that became house hold names, even today. Of course these big ticket makers, both in Europe and the USA were up and running and producing general and interesting models that again mapped the affordability utilisation needs of the buyers’ market.