Vintage Cars of ‘The Great Gatsby’ – Winton Six

1919 Winton Six 48 Limousine

What Cars Would Jay Gatsby Have Really Bought? A 1919-1921 Shopping List by Igor Spajic Cars from car-makers on the way out – WINTON Six Another also-ran by 1920 was Winton. Again, a pioneer of the auto trade in America, Alexander Winton’s imperfect product led to the Packard brothers building their own car in 1899 [...]

Vintage Cars of ‘The Great Gatsby’ – Stevens-Duryea Model E

1921 Stevens-Duryea touring

What Cars Would Jay Gatsby Have Really Bought? A 1919-1921 Shopping List by Igor Spajic Cars from car-makers on the way out – STEVENS-DURYEA Model E This company was founded upon the Stevens Arms and Tools Company and the engineering of J. Frank Duryea, one of the Duryea brothers who had built and run the [...]

Vintage Cars of ‘The Great Gatsby’ – Singer Series 20

1917 Singer cape top tourer

What Cars Would Jay Gatsby Have Really Bought? A 1919-1921 Shopping List by Igor Spajic SINGER SERIES 20 1920 was effectively the last year that Singer was offered. Built in New York and certainly marketed there, the Singer would have been a convenient buy for Gatsby, had he wanted something a little different. With its [...]

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’ – 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 [...]