Vintage cars are usually cars that were manufactured for use between 1919 and 1930. The features and qualities of the vintage cars can be explained using the history and development of the vintage cars .The horseless carriage was the earliest type of the vintage cars ever made .It had parts that were commonly hand crafted and its mobility was made possible by a steam powered engine. They had low horse power, poor mechanicals and were considered to be inefficient later on. Advancements in automobiles saw a major transformation of the horseless carriage to make it better in its mechanical and horse power together with a better and efficient performance. In addition the technology allowed for comfort for the passengers and their driver and also boosted safety measures.
During the vintage period, electric self starters were introduced on automobiles to do away with the hand cranks that were very dangerous. From the use of kerosene lanterns that were used to light when one was driving in the night or whenever there was an unclear vision of the road ,electric lighting was incorporated on the automobiles to provide better and clear illumination during night driving situations. The vintage cars became more stylish with their enclosed bodies which add adjustable windows that could be lowered or raised if one wanted to. The enclosed bodies also came in handy when there rose a need block off elements from the people within the car.
The vintage automobiles were at this time becoming cheaper and many people could afford them. Moreover its new features made it become more durable. Automobile manufacturers like Chrysler, Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, Dodge, Plymouth, Ford, Studebaker and Buick were now able to produce vintage cars in mass assemble lines making it easier for people to travel easily and cheaply. The building of car components also began at this time bringing a rise in sustainability and growth in the automotive industry. The engines of the vintage cars were characterized either by steam or electrical powering to facilitate its mobility. However this situation was gradually overtaken by the combustion engines which were internally placed on the cars. These configurations of engines made the cars faster than the steam or electrical powered vintage cars and they included v-8?s, v-12, v-8?s, and v-16?s.
The latest versions of the vintage cars became more comfortable, practical and comfortable. It included more luxurious features such as the car radio and an in?built car heating system. In addition the antifreeze feature was introduced in the vintage cars to give room to the cars that were water cooled to be used throughout the year. Another characteristic of the vintage cars then was the four wheel braking and brakes that were actuated to replace the foot pedal feature . This made driving become easier. The cars also had a power steered system and later on there was the introduction of fuel octane rating which not only made it possible for the cars to use fuel but also allowed for the distinguishing of the fuels.