When we think of the automobile era, we think of the 1920s. Whereas the car had been the plaything of the wealthy in the first two decades of the 20th century, in the 1920s it became widely available to the general population. More modest pricing and improved roads and highways systems launched the automobile into the daily lives of Americans. Many post-WWI design changes help to distinguish this new era of driving. In 1922, enclosed vehicles were finally affordable and becoming more standard, especially in colder climates. Smoother contours made a more aesthetically pleasing form. Fender lines ran continuously from front to rear, squat hoods blended with front fenders, fender aprons partially concealed wheels, and a curved one-piece windshield replaced the old straight design.
The Ford Model A, seen in the two images below, superceded the Model T in 1927. Note the enclosed body, longer hood, softer curves, one-piece windshields, and wider tires.
A number of body types became available in the 1920s. The following images represent a few of the popular automobile styles.
View a chart of 1920s body types.