‘Great Gatsby’ A Scavenger Hunt for Car Spotters
26 Avril 2013 - Wall Street Journal
Director Baz Luhrmann’s remake of “The Great Gatsby” promises Roaring 20s glamor, excess and excitement — especially the four-wheeled kind. From Jay Gatsby’s yellow Duesenberg Model J to the rickety jalopies of the less-fortunate, the movie’s vehicles are sure to keep car fans busy whether or not the film itself is engaging.
And yes, you heard correctly — Gatsby has switched from the British Rolls-Royce he drove in the book to American iron in the latest film version. This breach of faith to Fitzgerald’s original work has caused a stir in literary circles and among classic-car enthusiasts who think the Rolls is really a better fit for the character.
While Duesenbergs, especially the big, powerful Model Js, are arguably more coveted by collectors today than old Rolls-Royces, weren’t they a bit nouveau riche in the 1920s — sort of like a Hummer 10 years ago? Perhaps it just seems more like the kind of car that would run down Myrtle Wilson.
The automotively inclined will no doubt have a good time trying to spot models that were manufactured after the period of the story, and finding other alleged problems with car casting.
I imagine viewing parties years from now at which classic-car geeks will compete to see who can identify and write down more makes and models, especially the now-defunct ones. Was that an Essex parked over there? A Franklin? Or maybe a Duryea?