As one browses through the following collection of Kelowna Classics member's cars, one can't help but reminisce about the "good old days". Car photographs taken by a variety of  VCCC members.

Thanks to '100 Years of the American Auto - Millennium Edition' by James M. Flamming and the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide. Published in 1999 by Publications International, Ltd.. for information gleaned to enhance our collection of TIN.


1903 - 1919

Taking a spin in this era car wasn't exactly easy. Gearboxes were bulky; steering required muscles. Drivers had to manage hand throttles, spark levers, drip-oilers - each a task in itself. Carbide and kerosene lamps gave poor illumination at night.


Some of the automobiles built during this period include: A.B.C. High-Wheeler; American (Underslung); Austin; Blackhawk; Buckmobile; Buick; Cadillac; Chevrolet; Cincinnati Steam; Columbus Electric; Eagle Air Cooled; Ford; Franklin; Graham Electric; Hudson; Kissel; Marble-Swift; Maxwell; Oldsmobile; Overland; Packard; Rambler; Studebaker; Willis-Knights; just to name a few.


1915 Mini Ford Model T Huckster. (1970 MANCO Products Kart)



1918 Chevrolet 490 Touring

1918 Chevrolet 490 Touring

1918 Chevrolet 490 Touring

A picture showing this May Tour Winner in action!

1919 Ford Model T has a new owners . . . . .

. . . .Introducing Cathryn & Andrew the new owner's of the Model T.

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1920 - 1929


Automotive technology was moving forward. closed bodies were displacing the open roadster and touring car, using less wood and more steel. Hydraulic brakes began to replace mechanical units, stopping four wheels instead of two. Introduction of synchromesh soon make gear clashing a distant memory. Driving was becoming easier and safer.


 Production figures for top 8 in1929 were: (1) Ford 1,507,132 -- (2) Chevrolet 1.328,605 -- (3) Hudson/Essex 300,962 -- (4) Willys-Overland/Whippet 242,000 -- (5) Pontiac/Overland 211,054 -- (6) Buick 196,104 -- (7) Dodge 124,557 -- (8) Nash 116,622.


1922 McLaughlin 22-34 Touring

1927 Essex Modified

1927 Ford Model T

1928 Ford Model AR  

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1929 Roosevelt 70

1929 Ford Model A 78B


1930 - 1941

1930 Ford Model A 50

During this era the number of significant car makers slimmed from about 60 in 1929 to 18 in 1941. A brief stab at minicars started with the American Austin and its Bantam successor; later called the Crosley. Pave roads more than doubled in a decade (U.S.A.), as the automobile culture grew. Drive-ins lured moviegoers and tourist courts dotted the landscape. At the New York World's Fair of 1939m GM's Futurama predicted the world of the Sixties, including 100 mph superhighways. The modern age was imminent, but North America had to face another world war before enjoying all its fruits.


1930 Ford Model A  50 B - Sport Coupe


1930 Ford Model A 76B

1930 Chevrolet Universal AD Roadster

1930 Ford Model A 40B Std.

1930 OAKLAND 101 . . .

. . . and what an 'ELEGANT' radiator ornament.

1930 Ford Model A Standard Coupe.


1930 Ford Model A 40B Std.

1931 Ford Model A  82B

1931 Ford Model A 40B

1932 Ford Roadster


1934 Ford Coupe

1935 Ford Cabriolet



1936 Chevrolet Low Cab

1936 Packard 120B


1939 Oldsmobile 60 Club Coupe

1939 Buick 40 Special

1940 Ford

1941 HARLEY Service Car

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1942 - 1945


"Blackout" 1942 automobiles - those produced after January 1 - get government-ordered painted parts instead of chrome trim: most cars look lower, longer, and more massive. 


The end of hostilities found many Americans with stuffed wallets from war-time work, and hungry for civilian products - especially automobiles they'd been deprived of. Postwar would be a new world.



1946 - 1948

With pockets stuffed with money , car-starved American's eagerly snapped up the warmed-over '42s as they slowly began to trickle off Detroit's assembly lines.



1947 DeSoto Custom

1947 Willys Jeep CJ2A

1947 Harley "U" 74" Flat head

1948 Oldsmobile Club Coupe

1948 Fleetmaster

1948 Ford 89A 730



Industry production hits a record high 6,253,651 vehicles rolling off American assembly lines. All Big Three makes display modern postwar styling, two years after Studebaker's "radical" totally new redesign. New-car prices continue their postwar upward spiral.

1949 Willys Jeep Station Wagon 4x463

1949 English Ford PREFECT

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1950 - 1952

1950 Hudson Pacemaker

The American auto industry might have been expected to pause after its frantic product pace of 1948-1949, and it did. Yet there was still plenty to keep buyers interested in 1950-1952. 1950 Model Year USA Production figures include: 1. Chevrolet - 1,498,590; 2. Ford - 1,208,912; 3. Plymouth - 610,954; 4. Buick - 588,439; 5. Pontiac - 446,429; 6. Oldsmobile - 408,060; 7. Dodge - 341,797; 8. Studebaker - 320,884; 9. Mercury - 293,658; 10. Chrysler - 179,299; 11. Nash - 171,782; 12. DeSoto - 136,203; 13. Hudson - 121,408; 14. Cadillac - 103,857; 15. Packard - 42,627; 16. Lincoln - 28,190; 17. Kaiser - 15,228; 18. Crosley - 6,792; 19. Frazer - 3,700.

1950 Studebaker R5

1950 Monarch Club Coupe

1951 Cadillac @ Rutland May Day Parade

1952 GMC 9300


1953 - 1959

Detroit reflected the American national bent for good times and free spending by spewing forth a dazzling array of cars. Each yearly crop was seemingly more colourful, complex, and contrived than the last - as well as longer, lower, wider, heavier, and more powerful. Alas, there were fewer makes to chose from by decade's end. Throughout these years, Detroit waged a "horsepower race". Sadly, handling and braking were anything but ideal (ditto for fuel efficiency - gas was around a quarter a gallon), yet a few automakers timidly tried selling safety features like seat belts and padded dashboards.


1953 Mercury Monterey

1953 Morris Minor

1953 Chevrolet Bel Air

1953 Mercury

1954 Dodge Regent


1954 Lincoln Capri

1955 Chevrolet Step Side

1955 Ford Thunderbird

1956 Chevrolet 3200 

1956 Chevrolet Bel Air

1956 Ford Victoria

1956 Ford Crown Victoria

1957 Dodge Custom Royal D500

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air

1957 Pontiac Pathfinder

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air

1958 Mercury M100


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1960 - 1971

1960 Mercury Parklane

Suddenly it was 1960, an the times began changing as never before. Cold War, possible nuclear Armageddon, and the beginning of Civil Rights, and the space program has finally gotten off the ground. Compact cars may have been on Detroit's collective minds, but performance was still closest to the heart. The Fifties "horsepower race" had not really abated - it had merely gone underground with the June 1957 manufactures' agreement to abandon racing and performance advertising. In 1961, however, the race came aboveground when Chevrolet unleashed its "real fine" 409 big-block V-8, along with a sporty new big car, the Impala SS. Ford replied for '62 with a burly 406, and Chrysler kept pace with a husky 413 wedge-head. At the performance pinnacle in these years were two 1963 stunners, Studebaker's singular (and unexpected) Avanti and the first all-new Corvette since 1953, the Sting Ray.



1960 FORD Thunderbird

1960 CHEVROLET Corvette

1962 Plymouth - Valiant V200

1962 Pontiac Parisienne

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1963 HARLEY Service Car

1963 Plymouth - Valiant V200

1963 Chevrolet Nova SS

1964 Plymouth Valiant - Signet

1964 Pontiac Parisienne

1964 Meteor

1964 Ford Fairlane


1965 Ford Victoria

1965 Plymouth Barracuda 


1965 Pontiac Grand Prix

1965 Plymouth Valiant 100

1965 Rambler Ambassador . . .

. . . Model 990. 



1965 Sunbeam Alpine

1965 Vauxhall Viva

1966 Buick Skylark

1969 Plymouth Sport Satellite

1966 VW Beetle 1300

1968 Cadillac deVille

1968 Chevrolet Nova


1968 Buick Skylark

1969 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu

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1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme

1971 Opel GT


1972 - 1979

1973 GMC 1500

The United States Congress had long since decided to make automakers answer for the social responsibility of their products, and the legislative hand became increasingly heavier in these years. The Clean Air Act of 1970 mandated ever-tighter limits on exhaust emissions that sapped horsepower; combined with soaring insurance premiums, they all but eliminated performance cars by 1973. That same year brought more required safety features, including bumpers able to endure five-mph impacts without damage, plus the diabolical ignition interlocks that prevented starting up unless the front-seat occupants were buckled up. The latter proved so irksome that the public got it repealed after a single year. 


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1974 Karmann Ghia

1974 Dodge - Charger

1976 International Harvester Scout II


1980 -1990

  Ford emerged as Detroit's big Eighties winner, with strong sellers like Taurus and the most cost-effective manufacturing operation around. Significantly, Ford became America's most profitable automaker in 1986, out earning giant GM for the first time in 42 years. That remarkable achievement only underscored how GM had delayed making the kind of wrenching, fundamental changes demanded by the new world automotive order.

The CAFE requirements rises to 20 mpg; automakers cut weights, adopt smaller engines, improve aerodynamics, push diesels.

1980 Mercedes Benz 280 SLC

1980 Chevrolet Camaro

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1985 Buick Regal



1994  Ford Mustang


1996 BMW 328i Cabriolet

1996 Chevrolet Cheyenne 1500


1998 GMC 2500 Suburban