Vintage Cars of ‘The Great Gatsby’ – Marmon 34

1918 Marmon34 Ad

What Cars Would Jay Gatsby Have Really Bought? A 1919-1921 Shopping List by Igor Spajic MARMON 34 Always an innovator, Howard C. Marmon led his company into realms of engineering where few American carmakers dared to go. The Nordyke & Marmon Co. of Indianapolis, Indiana, USA started with air-cooled automobiles in 1902 before moving into [...]

Vintage Cars of ‘The Great Gatsby’ – Isotta-Fraschini Tipo 8, 8A

1923 Isotta-Fraschini American ad.

What Cars Would Jay Gatsby Have Really Bought? A 1919-1921 Shopping List by Igor Spajic ISOTTA-FRASCHINI TIPO 8 Having first used 4-wheel brakes on a model in 1910, Isotta-Fraschini was not a newcomer with this feature when it appeared on the new Tipo 8 of 1919. Apart from this almost unique feature, Isotta introduced the [...]

Vintage Cars of ‘The Great Gatsby’ – Lanchester Forty

1922 Lanchester 40 Ad referring to the London Motor Show.

What Cars Would Jay Gatsby Have Really Bought? A 1919-1921 Shopping List by Igor Spajic LANCHESTER SPORTING FORTY People forget (or never knew) that before Lanchester was swallowed by Daimler in 1931, it was an independent manufacturer of luxury cars in Great Britain. Passing over the genius of engineer Frederick Lanchester who had built the [...]

Vintage Cars of ‘The Great Gatsby’ – Austin Highway King Twelve

A 1916 Austin Highway King 36-66 4-passenger roadster. Designs changed little by 1920.

What Cars Would Jay Gatsby Have Really Bought? A 1919-1921 Shopping List by Igor Spajic AUSTIN HIGHWAY KING TWELVE Basically defunct by 1920, Austin (no relation to the British car maker) of Grand Rapids, Michigan had been a pioneer automaker which had always offered the largest proprietary engines available. Firmly in the fine car market, [...]

Vintage Cars of ‘The Great Gatsby’ – Locomobile Model 48

1919 Locomobile 48 7-pass Touring.- a quality conveyance for The Great Gatsby.

What Cars Would Jay Gatsby Have Really Bought? A 1919-1921 Shopping List by Igor Spajic LOCOMOBILE MODEL 48 Another old American maker of fine cars, Locomobile had started in 1899 with a steam runabout built to the designs of the Stanley brothers. The company quickly abandoned steam for internal combustion engines and embarked on building [...]

Vintage Cars of ‘The Great Gatsby’ – Peerless Eight

1919 Peerless Model 56 Sedan. Fitting transport for The Great Gatsby.

What Cars Would Jay Gatsby Have Really Bought? A 1919-1921 Shopping List by Igor Spajic PEERLESS Eight – Model 56 Peerless, together with Pierce-Arrow and Packard made up the ‘three P’s’ of the American luxury car motordom. Peerless had built powerful, expensive touring cars almost from the start in the early 1900s. The displacements of [...]

Vintage Cars of ‘The Great Gatsby’ – Packard Twin-Six

1919 Packard Twin-Six Touring 3-35. An example of the most successful V12 car.

What Cars Would Jay Gatsby Have Really Bought? A 1919-1921 Shopping List by Igor Spajic PACKARD TWIN-SIX The king of American luxury cars (though not undisputed), Packard was successfully marketing its Twin-Six, an extraordinary achievement in every way. Like the Cadillac V8 introduced late the previous year, the 1915 Twin-Six was a first – the [...]

Vintage Cars of ‘The Great Gatsby’ – Pierce-Arrow Dual-Valve Six

Still among the peak of prestige - 1919 Pierce-Arrow Suburban Landau, model 48-B-5.

What Cars Would Jay Gatsby Have Really Bought? A 1919-1921 Shopping List by Igor Spajic PIERCE-ARROW DUAL-VALVE SIX A luxury car maker from the turn of the Twentieth Century, Pierce-Arrow found its forte early with the Great Arrow touring cars of 1903. Known for fine craftsmanship and conservative engineering, Pierce-Arrow was at its peak in [...]

Vintage Cars of ‘The Great Gatsby’ – Duesenberg Model A

1922 Duesenberg Model A Touring Car

What Cars Would Jay Gatsby Have Really Bought? A 1919-1921 Shopping List by Igor Spajic DUESENBERG MODEL A Jay Gatsby runs around in a 1932 Duesenberg SJ in Baz Luhrman’s remake of ‘The Great Gatsby’ which is of course, a story set very firmly in the Roaring Twenties. (In fact, 1922 according to F. Scott [...]

Vintage Cars of ‘The Great Gatsby’ – National Sextet, Series BB

21National Sextet Ad2

What Cars Would Jay Gatsby Have Really Bought? A 1919-1921 Shopping List by Igor Spajic NATIONAL SEXTET Series BB Had Gatsby moved quickly to buy a fine car in 1919, he could have bought the last year’s worth of the excellent Highway Twelve, perhaps the sportiest V12-engined car then made by an American automaker. National [...]