Generally, Vintage Era autos are more technically
advanced; therefore, styling became more flowing, enclosed bodies afforded more weather protection with windows that raised
and lowered, radiator shapes became more rounded, and fender shapes were longer and more sculpted. Several new styles of wheels
were introduced including steel disc wheels; and, great advancements in tire designs also prevailed
The Vintage Era was a period of great technology
and development. By the end of the Vintage Era, thousands of different names of automobiles were listed in the United States
alone; however, in many cases, only one car was ever produced. As more and more manufacturers entered the industry, components
were built by smaller specialty manufacturers, thereby adding immensely to the economy. By 1916, 96% of all American autos
were equipped with a self-starter.
Engine development continued and Packard, one of
the world's highest quality manufacturers, developed their V-12 engine in 1915 calling it the "Twin-Six." Other manufacturers
in America and Europe followed suit and during the 1930s V-8, V-12 and V-16 configurations prevailed. This era offered car
buyers a wide range of automobiles: motor buggies, electrics, cycle-cars, steam cars, touring cars, experimental cars, and,
of course, the luxury cars.
The Vintage Era could be characterized as a time
of choice. Nearly all earlier automobiles exposed the occupants to the elements, but with better roads, higher speeds and
greater use, enclosed coachwork became more common. The automobile body developed together with the mechanicals. Greater luxury,
more comfort, increased horsepower and efficiency were available to the auto buyer during the Vintage Era.