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

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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 [...]

Vintage Cars of ‘The Great Gatsby’ – Crane-Simplex Model 5

1919 Crane-Simplex Model 5 Limousine. High prices and engineering frozen in time.

What Cars Would Jay Gatsby Have Really Bought? A 1919-1921 Shopping List by Igor Spajic CRANE-SIMPLEX Model 5 A maker of some of the largest six-cylinder engines in any production car, (563.8 cid) the Simplex was an outgrowth of Mercedes copies in the 1900s. With its L-head arrangement and 110 bhp outputs, a marriage with [...]

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 [...]