Vehicles from the veteran, brass and vintage eras, ranging up to the 1930s, are generally regarded as antiques. The automobile era began in the United States with the first official patent for an automobile, filed in 1895. The Ford A Runabout, an early 1900s car, benefited from major advances in automotive technology, and was followed by the Model T Ford in 1908, and the Ford Model A in 1927. Many of the automobile innovations that we enjoy today were in fact introduced for the first time in the 1920s, including front-wheel drive and electric-powered cars. During this era independent car makers Packard, Hudson, Nash and Studebaker saw success. The Auburn Automobile Company also saw success after the addition of Cord and its sleek, reliable and expensive vehicles.