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Pre-war cars carry a sense of forgotten class. Their smooth sexy curves harken back to a time long since past, showing us how vehicle design has developed over the decades. In order to remind ourselves of all achievements of the golden age of motoring, we at Nationwide Vehicle Contracts are looking back at some of the classiest cars ever created. While the list is by no means complete, the vehicles on it are without a doubt some of most classic around. So sit back, relax, and let us take you on a journey.

#5- Mercedes-Benz 500K


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Starting off our list is the unforgettable 500K. Built between 1934 and 1936 it became one of the most opulent Mercedes of its age. Wealthy customers demanded greater luxury and perfromance, and company obliged, creating a vehicle unlike any other. If you’re looking for a classic car, this one has to be on your list.

#4- Phantom Corsair


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The Phantom Corsair is so beautiful that it deserves to be in its own category. The prototype vehicle was built in 1938 by Bonham & Schwartz company in California. Designed by Rust Heinz the car has been considered by many as being futuristic for its time due to its stylish flair and low profile. While the vehicle was often dismissed a failure as it never entered production, it certainly one of the most wonderful cars ever created.

#3- Bugatti Type 57


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Next on our list is the unforgettable Bugatti Type 57. A name that is today synonymous with astonishing speed, the stylish vehicle was entirely new when it was introduced in 1934. Heavily modified and truly beloved, the car came in two impressive variants: the original Type 57 and the lowered Type 57S. While you may find one of these cars around today, buying one may be a problem as a recently unearth model was sold for a whopping €3.4 million.

#2- Duesenberg SJ


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While today Dusenberg may be a forgotten company, in the past they created some of the most memorable cars around. In particular, the SJ manufactured between 1932 and 1937 in Indiana was a car in its own league. A supercharge version of the Model J, it had a massive 320bhp engine that could achieve over 135mph. Only 36 of these beauties were produced, making this one of the rarest vehicles on our list.

#1- Rolls-Royce Phantom II


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At the top of our list is the phenomenal Rolls-Royce Phantom II. Last of the 40/50bhp models, it replaced the previous phantom with an improved engine and chassis. The ‘continental’ model was particularly impressive with its short wheelbase and stiffer spring. While Rolls-Royce may still be pumping out amazing cars, this one is one of their best, setting itself apart from the rest.