One of the things I enjoyed during the Art Deco Festival in Napier, New Zealand, was the huge number of vintage cars. The vintage cars always draw my eye. The muted colors – hunter green, burgundy and cream. The gleaming paintwork and proud owners. They are reminders of an earlier age, and with my love of history, I like that.
Some facts about Vintage Cars:
- The serious collector or enthusiast considers any car from the period 1919 – 1930 to be a vintage car.
- The Ford Model T was the first mass-produced automobile and dates back to 1913. The Model T was the first affordable car for the average man.
- Vehicles from the pre-vintage period are often referred to as Horseless carriages.
- Francois Isaac de Rivaz designed the first car in 1807. It was powered by an internal combustion engine and ran on fuel gas.
- Automobile trips were normally short, but in August 1888, Carl Benz’s wife, Bertha Benz, became the first person to drive a car over a long distance. She set off with her sons without telling her husband. Girl power!
Here is a selection of vintage cars photographed during the 2017 Art Deco Festival in Napier.
And this is the car we went for a ride in around Napier.
Are you a fan of vintage cars?
Vintage cars are neat to look at. Loved the pictures.
I’m glad you enjoyed them, Mary.