Jay Gatsby in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s wrote an amazing and iconic novel “The Great Gatsby“. The story of love and opulence has graced the big screens with adaptations in movies showing the unique lifestyle of New York’s Long Island high society in the Roaring Twenties.
This was the decade when motor cars became mainstream with better and safer engines that finally saw horse carts out of the US. Here’s a list of the Top 5 classic car models from the era that redefined cars as we know it.
1924 Chrysler Model B-70. Founded by Walter Chrysler, it quickly became one of the most premier car companies in the world. Walter launched the B-70, one of the most powerful and successful cars of the 20s. The B-70 could do 70 to 75 miles an hour and accelerated from five to 25 miles in seven seconds. Apart from this, it featured hydraulic brakes and unheard of features like an aluminum piston, air cleaner, and hydraulic shock absorbers. Suffice to say that the B-70 was one of the best-selling cars of the Roaring Twenties.
“Gold Bug” Speedsters, The company custom-built high-quality automobiles, hearses, fire trucks, taxicabs, and trucks from their plant at 123 Kissel Avenue. The car Kissel referred to as a “speedster” was widely known as the Gold Bug. They were popular among celebrities of the era, including pilot Amelia Earhart and boxer Jack Dempsey. There is an estimation that fewer than 40 cars survive today. The 1927 Kissel Gold Bug Coupe Roadster was used in the movie The Eddy Duchin Story in 1956.
1925 Renault 6 CV NN, This was the company’s first luxury tag that it had come to be known for in France. But this did not seem enough to convince the French and so in 1926, the small car ran for 203 straight hours. The next year, it became the first car to cross the Sahara desert and sales There is no doubt that the Renault 6 CV NN was one of the most premier cars to grace the era.
1923 Lincoln L-Series Sports Phaeton, Ford took over Lincoln Motor Co. in 1923, redesigning its cars and instantly making the brand the epitome of American luxury. The Sports Phaeton was especially popular because of its sporty look despite its ability to carry up to four passengers.
1925 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Piccadilly Roadster, represented the epitome of prestige and beauty back then, as they do now. Entirely hand-built, only 7,874 were produced, and they were owned almost exclusively by the very wealthy. Between 1921 to 1926, there were 1,703 Silver Ghosts produced in Springfield. Its power came from an L-head inline six-cylinder engine that offered 40/50 horsepower. This car has a three-speed manual transmission, four-wheel mechanical brakes, and a wheelbase the size of 143.5-inches.