Elegant Classics

Sporting huge bodies and even bigger engines, these cars were made for the opulent and the wealthy. In a day and age where elegance went with wealth, they were all about style and finesse.

Built in the early twenties the H6 was a luxury car and was powered by a aluminium straight 6. An interesting fact about this motor is that it was machined from a single billet and the water passages were coated with enamel to prevent corrosion. Another feature was its overhead camshaft. It had a cubic capacity of 6.5 litres. Another design feature where the power assisted drum brakes that were made of aluminium as well. The power assistance feature was implemented through a propshaft, using deceleration momentum to drive the brake servo to provide extra boost. A design feature that was later licensed to Rolls Royce and other manufacturers. The H6 received a larger motor in 1924. It was now an 8.0 liter straight 6.

Hispano Suiza H6

A symbol of status by in the USA and Europe, Duesenberg’s were associated with luxury and status. The cars were well engineered and featured advanced design like overhead cams, multivalve cylinder heads and hydraulic braking systems. To give an idea of what set them apart, the “Straight Eight Model J" had a power output of 198kw and could reach 151km/h in second gear, being the fastest and most expensive car on the American market at the time. Duesenberg’s were expensive and production numbers were never what were anticipated. A lot of these cars had bodies built by coachwork companies in the USA and Europe. Two SSJ versions were built, these were supercharged and had a power output of 298 kw.

Duesenberg

Manufactured between 1929 and 1936.Powered by a 7.7 liter Straight 6 motor and a 4 speed gearbox with semi elliptical springs suspension at the front and rear. 281 Continental versions were built, of those 2 extremely rare Phantom II Roadsters were made, one of which had coachwork by  Thrupp and Maberly.  At the time and being the norm in those days as far as luxury cars went, Rolls Royce only made the engine and chassis. A coachbuilder of the customer’s choice like Park Ward, Thrupp & Maberly, Mulliner and Hooper were selected to manufacture and fit the body.

Rolls Royce Phantom II