Roaring Twenties Cars

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Vintage Cars of ‘The Great Gatsby’ – Hispano-Suiza H6

1923 Hispano-Suiza Ad1

What Cars Would Jay Gatsby Have Really Bought? A 1919-1921 Shopping List by Igor Spajic HISPANO-SUIZA H6 Perhaps the most successful vintage luxury car to come out of Europe, the Hispano-Suiza H6 was the result of extensive experience building aero engines for France and her World War I allies. Hispano-Suiza could have been expected to [...]

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’ – 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’ – 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’ – Lincoln Model L

1922 Lincoln.Model L sedan - a fine car but boring.

What Cars Would Jay Gatsby Have Really Bought? A 1919-1921 Shopping List by Igor Spajic LINCOLN MODEL L A quality car built to Henry Leland’s famously fine tolerances, the Lincoln Model L was nevertheless a boring car. Despite a reasonably strong 81 bhp from its unusual 60° V8 engine, the debut cars were hobbled by [...]

Vintage Cars of ‘The Great Gatsby’ – Fiat 520 ‘Super Fiat’

Exotic high-tech and luxury for Jay Gatsby - 1921 Fiat 520 V12 d'Orsay Coupe deVille.

What Cars Would Jay Gatsby Have Really Bought? A 1919-1921 Shopping List by Igor Spajic FIAT 520 ‘SUPER FIAT’ Fiat already had a presence in America with a massive four-cylinder model locally assembled and bodied as the ‘American Fiat’. A 7-passenger Touring Car and 7-passenger Limousine, priced at $6,000 to $7,000 could be purchased from [...]