The ten most advanced cars of their decades
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1911-1920:Cadillac Type 53
Suggested By: bassumarus
Why it was state of the art: Early automobile controls were a jumbled hodgepodge of levers, pedals, cranks, slides and indicators that varied wildly from vehicle to vehicle. The Type 53 rationalized the entire mess and implemented the standard vehicle-control layout that persists to this day. Other significant features included such advances as an early V-8 engine and an electric starter.
1921-1930: Lancia Lambda
Suggested By: Mack Totally Board 41
Why it was state of the art: Vincenzo Lancia deserves far more recognition than he gets for the technical prowess of the products that bear his name. The Lambda pioneered two major technical breakthroughs: the car's structure was a monocoque/unibody, extraordinarily stiff for its time, and the wheels were sprung independently. The oddly sleek machines were a major step forward in handling and roadworthiness.