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 [...]

Vintage Cars of ‘The Great Gatsby’ – McFarlan Six

The Great Gatsby - Daisy falls in love again with Gatsby, or does she?

What Cars Would Jay Gatsby Have Really Bought? A 1919-1921 Shopping List by Igor Spajic MCFARLAN SIX Another conservative luxury car also referred to as an ‘American Rolls-Royce’ was McFarlan. Built in Connersville, Indiana from 1909 to 1928, McFarlan cars were the product of an old carriage company founded in 1856 by John B. McFarlan. [...]

Vintage Cars of ‘The Great Gatsby’ – Cadillac Type 59

1919 Cadillac Type 57 7-passenger Touring

What Cars Would Jay Gatsby Have Really Bought? A 1919-1921 Shopping List by Igor Spajic CADILLAC Type 59 Cadillac began with a modest series of single-cylinder models in the 1900s before graduating to a 30hp four, which established the marque as a quality car, if not in the luxury category. That changed in 1915 when [...]

Vintage Cars of ‘The Great Gatsby’ – Cunningham Series V-3

Among the sportier models available from Cunningham in 1919 was this 4-passenger Roadster.

What Cars Would Jay Gatsby Have Really Bought? A 1919-21 Shopping List by Igor Spajic CUNNINGHAM Series V-3 A likely candidate for Gatsby’s attention was the Cunningham, built on the East Coast by an old carriage making firm. James Cunnigham Son & Co. first built electric automobiles from 1900 before moving over to gasoline-powered cars. [...]