The American Car Industry: The American car market started around the beginning of the 20th century with the advent of motors powered by steam, electricity and gasoline and the assembly line. It is commonly thought of as the Antique Car Era, a time when hundreds of "backyard mechanics" were competing at a feverish pace to dominate the all new automotive marketplace.
In 1914 World War I brought a new focus to many automobile makers, eliminating many who could not afford the loss of sales and prompting others to retool for making weapons and military vehicles. But by 1920 the race for supremacy in the automotive world was back on and a more innovative and sophisticated style of vehicle emerged. This was the Vintage Car Era and it lasted until the Great Depression eliminated much of the capital needed for automobile manufacturing, and the war drew heavily from the industry's men and resources.
In 1945 the end of World War II brought a new level of hope and prosperity to the American public that the surviving automobile companies quickly capitalized on. A new interstate highway system called for bigger, faster, more comfortable cars which led to new levels of technology and innovation. It was the Classic Car Era and lasted until the fuel embargo and pollution control laws of the 1970s redirected the industry towards smaller and more economical cars.
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