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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The Ford Model A, seen in the two images below, superceded the Model T in 1927.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.

Ford Model A Fordor

Ford Model A Fordor: Image courtesy of Wikipedia, 2006

Ford Model A

Ford Model A: Image courtesy of Wikipedia, 2006

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.

1920 Centerdoor Sedan

1920 Centerdoor Sedan: Image courtesy of "The Henry Ford", 2006

1920 Coupe

1920 Coupe: Image courtesy of "The Henry Ford", 2006

1920s Limousine

1920s Limousine: Image courtesy of Philip Van Doren Stern, A Pictorial History of the Automobile, 1953.

1924 Fordor Sedan

1924 Fordor Sedan: Image courtesy of "The Henry Ford", 2006

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