In 20th Century historical fiction, automobiles can powerfully evoke the times. Who can see a beat-up olive-drab jeep without thinking of World War II? Here are some of the cars mentioned in my novels:
In An Owl’s Whisper, Stan Chandler calls his Ford “a fliver.” This 1935 coupe is what his car looked like when it rolled off the Ford assembly line in Dearborn. Of course, Stan, being a practical guy, brought it used when it probably looked considerably more broken in.
Who wouldn’t like to go for a ride in a chauffeur-driven phaeton? (Other than Eva, who hated sharing the back seat with her uncle.) Here’s a 1938 Mercedes model, just like Henri’s. A phaeton is a convertible touring motorcar with front and back seats. They were favored by the wealthy in the 1930s.