AUTOMOBILES

Karl Benz, Creator of the Gasoline Automobile
Karl Benz, Creator of the Gasoline Automobile

To understand the Great Depression era you need to understand the automobile industry. The first gasoline automobile was created by Karl Benz in 1885. Ransom Olds took this creation and debuted it in an affordable way. This resulted in Henry Ford opening a car factory on Mack Avenue in Detroit. Henry Ford was the first to tackle the task of producing a car that was affordable, reliable, and efficient. This was the Model T. Most cars in the 1930s, including the Model T, consisted of four-wheel hydraulic brakes and low-pressure balloon tires. Then, In October of 1929 the Stock Market took a tumble and so did the car industry. If Cadillac were not part of General Motors it would have tumbled with the nation's economy. Cadillacs were too expensive and people could hardly afford to put food on their table. The Plymouth debuted in the 1930s, but not a lot of people purchased them because they thought they were confusing since they were a new type of car. European companies affected the Americans economy greatly. BMW, Volvo, and Mercedes Benz were European Automobile leaders who sold foreign cars to the United States

1932 Ford V-8 Cabriolet
1932 Ford V-8 Cabriolet