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Automotive History: Popular Cars Across the Decades!

on July 6, 2021

Automotive History: Popular Cars Across the Decades!

on July 6, 2021

Through the years, we have had many different vehicles that are cool, sleek, and amazing to drive. With every line of cars coming out, there are new innovations and more ways to enjoy the open road.

Let’s take a deep dive into which cars were the most popular in the last 90 years. Some of these may surprise you!

The 1920’s: Ford Model T

The Ford Model T was built between the years 1908 and 1927. This vehicle took so long to develop but ended up being the vehicle everyone wanted in the 1920s. With popular nicknames such as “Tin Lizzie” and “Flivver”, the model T was the industry standard of her time. 

This car cost about $850 at the time it had its first debut. In today’s money, this would be equal to around $11,350. Once the production line was founded, this was able to cut the cost down to about $300, or $4,000 in today’s time. 

This vehicle constituted over 40% of the vehicles sold in the United States. The Model T was offered in a few different body types, and the body was mounted onto the 100-Inch chassis for the wheels. 

The car was able to exude about 20 horsepower, making its top speed to be around 40-45 mph. All in all, for the first car on this list, it sets a pretty good bar for the other vehicles. 

The 1930’s: Buick Series 40

This car was considered Buick’s lowest-priced model of the car they produced. They began their selling as a full-sized car but returned 2 years later as a midsized vehicle. 

They cost about $925 in the 1930s, which would equate to around $14,800 today. This car came with 6 different body styles. This car was predominantly a 4 door vehicle, made for the families of its time. 

The 1940’s: Cadillac Series 62

In the 1940s, Cadillac came out with the Series 62, which is known for its long front end. It was also innovative with its slanted windows and a curved rear window. This vehicle came as a normal vehicle, as well as a convertible. 

This vehicle was priced between $1,745 and $2,200. This is around $33,300 to $42,000 in 2021. This vehicle came with 2 different door options, a 2 door and a 4 door vehicle. 

The 1950’s: Chevrolet Bel-Air

The Chevrolet Bel-Air was also known as the Bel Air Sport Coupe. This term was known for the 2 doors hardtop type of this vehicle, which was manufactured between 1950 and 1952. 

This vehicle cost around $1,741 during the time it was actively being manufactured and sold. This equates to about $19,300 in 2021. 

This vehicle evolved in 1953 to phase out the pre-war tech. This means that the torque tube drive, knee action suspension, and split windshields, among other things, were removed and replaced. 

The 1960’s: Pontiac GTO

Pontiac was one of the front runners of the street performance world. There was a voluntary ban on car races in 1957, which was instituted by the Automobile Manufacturers Association. Due to this, Pontiac focused their marketing on the street performance of their cars, especially the GTO. 

The GTO was marketed at $4,500, which was expensive for its time. This means the car cost about $40,600 in today’s money. However, this car was marketed to be a casual street racing car, so it had a lot of “junk in the truck” per se.

The 1970’s: Cadillac Coupe DeVille

The Cadillac Coupe DeVille is also known as the Cadillac Series 6300, alongside their counterpart the Eldorados. The DeVille made up 37% of the Cadillacs on the road in the 1970s. 

This vehicle averaged cost about $5,884, which in today’s coin would cost around $40,500. In the first year of this beauty being manufactured, the vehicle only sold around 2,150 units. The third generation is the one that was most popular in the 1970s. 

The 1980’s: Ford Fiesta

This vehicle was incredibly box-like and was known as the family car of the 1980s. Originally only available in Europe, the Ford Fiesta sold in America is the result of keeping up to date on cars in an attempt to out-sell the Austin Metro in 1982. 

During the time that it was sold in America, it averaged to have cost about $5,032. This cost about $16,300 in 2021. This means that the Ford Fiesta of the 1980’s cost more than the average ford fiesta in 2014, which cost about $14,895. 

The 1990’s: Honda Accord

The Honda Accord, also known as the Honda Inspire (for certain generations in Japan), was most popular in the 1990s as a compact family vehicle. It replaced the elongated family caravan with a sleek and modernized compact sedan. 

This car normally costs an average of $3,995, which totals about $8,200 in today’s currency. This was a cheap family option that checked off all the boxes when it comes to necessities. 

The 2000’s: Ford Explorer

The Ford Explorer is a name that many people know to this day. It is the basic form of a compact SUV with the rugged look and feel of a truck. 

This vehicle was a large jump in price considering when we have gone over already. This vehicle generally costs around $28,800. This is the point where the conversions wouldn’t mean much, so from here on out we will just mention the prices when the vehicle debut. 

The 2010’s: Dodge Challenger Hellcat

We welcome Dodge to the stand! This is the first Dodge to be on this line-up, but it is for a great reason, This vehicle may not have been the most owned of the 2010s, but it sure was a vehicle everyone dreamed of having!

This car was a late response to the Ford Mustang. This was a customizable vehicle with so many options of trim, color, engine size, and more.

The 2020s are still new and have so much potential for what could come out next. We can’t wait to see what the car of the decade is going to be!

Blog By Brooke Lazar

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