The next notable period in the car industry was called the vintage era. This lasted from the end of the Second World War in 1918 to the major financial crash of Wall Street at the end of 1929. The most popular type of car in this period was the front engine vehicle.
One of the notable changes which occurred was the covering of cars. At the end of the First World War in 1919, 90% of the cars which were operational had no room. 10 years later, by the end of 1929 /90% of cars were closed. The development of the combustion engine was another crucial development during this period.
Despite the rapid growth which had taken place the expansion of the industry wasn’t quite as prolific as industry experts have predicted. For example, American companies thought that they would be selling 6 million cars are yellow during the 1920s but, this did not occur in till 1950s. The demand for cars was still high in the vintage era but the economic fallout from the war had left people with little extra money to be spending on what was at the time considered a great luxury.
Despite the slowdown in market growth and huge developments were still made in the technology. For examples, hydraulic brakes were introduced into vehicles by Malcolm Lougheed and were fully operational by the end of 1921.
Notable vehicles which were on the roads on this era included the Austin 7, which proved to be one of the most successful cars of all time and the Ford Model A. This was a huge breakthrough for the Ford company who had, until lagged. In the end, the car proved so popular that they produced over 4 million Model As.