Classic Cars of the ‘Great Gatsby’ Era

The film The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio featured another star: the Duesenburg Model J, in a stunning shade of yellow. The roaring ‘20’s was a unique era 1920 Kissel speedsterwith many other classic cars deserving of screen time. Hagerty Insurance, based in Michigan, took the time to put together a list of cars, one for each year of the decade that certainly would have captured the Great Gatsby’s eye.

The 1920 Kissel Model 6-45 Gold Bug Speedster was an early style of sports cars in the United States loved by the likes of Fatty Arbuckle, Amelia Earhart and Jack Dempsey. Fewer than 40 of these models still exist, so it’s no surprise that they are sold very quickly when they appear on the market.

The 1921 Mercer Series 5 Raceabout is another classic example, boasting a 70 horsepower engine, while the 1922 Packard Twin Six Model 3-35 Special Runabout featured a 90 horsepower engine. The 1923 Lincoln L-Series Sports Phaeton had a 90 horsepower engine and was available in over twenty different body styles, one of which could hold up to four passengers without losing its sporty appeal.

1920s cadillacThe 1924 Cadillac Series V-63 Phaeton was the first Cadillac to feature four wheel brakes. During 1924, there were over 18,000 Cadillac’s that were produced and could be purchased at a price of $3,000.00 to $4,600.00. The 1925 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost Piccadilly Roadster was mainly reserved for the wealthy and only 7,874 of these classic cars were ever produced.

The 1926 Pierce-Arrow Series 33 Runabout was a stylish and elegant model. There are approximately 50 of these models left today and can fetch very high prices when they’re found on the market. The 1927 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A is a prolific Italian model that was designed for high class Europeans and Americans and featured an incredibly 135 horsepower engine.

The 1928 Stutz BB Blackhawk Boattail Speedster was the fastest American production car in 1928 and could reach speeds over 105 miles per hour. The 1929 Duesenberg Model J had an unbelievable 265 horsepower engine and was sold exclusively to the wealthiest of individuals.

These classic cars are all unique in their own right and are certainly worthy of their own screen time. They are reminiscent of an era when the music was loud, entertainment was booming and cars were without question a symbol of status.

Source: Chicago Tribune

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