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’ – 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’ – LaFayette Type 134

1921 LaFayette ad with a profile of the French revolutionary hero.

What Cars Would Jay Gatsby Have Really Bought? A 1919-1921 Shopping List by Igor Spajic LA FAYETTE Type 134 Starting out with backing from Charles Nash of Nash Motors, nevertheless, LaFayette suffered from lack of capital in its short lifetime. The automaker, named for a famous French nobleman who fought in the American Revolution against [...]

Vintage Cars of ‘The Great Gatsby’ – Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost

Visit the Springfield factory on your holiday and buy a car - 1921 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost advert.

What Cars Would Jay Gatsby Have Really Bought? A 1919-1921 Shopping List by Igor Spajic ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER GHOST We know that Gatsby had a Rolls-Royce open car and this would have been a Silver Ghost. Almost certainly, it would have been a ‘Springfield’ Silver Ghost, built in a factory not that far from Gatsby’s upstate [...]