Make Your Car A Gatsby Style
Throwback to the Roaring 20’sStyle trends often repeat themselves. In our time we have seen the resurgence of everything from bellbottom jeans to polyester disco-style shirts. This trend of regurgitation is not exclusive to apparel however.
More and more we are seeing trends that harken back to the roaring 20’s. The recent film adaptation of F.Scott Fitzgerald’s lost generation masterpiece The Great Gatsby has really sparked an interest in the automobiles of that era of excess we call the roaring 20’s.
Driving Like The Great Gatsby.
So now that people are itching to mimic the style of The Great Gatsby, how is one to drive like him? You can find some details in Great Gatsby book review. The bad news is that unless you have a time machine or a bankroll that is equal in depth to the character himself, you will not be able to reenact the automotive tendencies of yesteryear with full authenticity.
This is because many of the vehicles driven in the film, The Great Gatsby, like Duesenbergs, Bentleys and Rolls Royces, are no longer in production and are extremely rare today. The good news is that at aesthetic appeal is an ever-evolving animal and there are many ways to drive an automobile that has the distinct flair of the 1920’s even if your own car is modern.
- Conversion Kits
One of the most price effective ways to ride like they did back in the Hoover era is to invest in a conversion kit. Conversion kits are stylized, aftermarket, auto body parts (fenders, grills, bumpers, etc.) that are designed specifically to make one car look like another. If you already own a Chrysler 300 C, a 70’s era BMW or Mercedez Benz, or an older classic car, you will find a plethora of Bentley and Rolls-Royce conversion kits for these types of vehicles.
If you want to pay homage to the automotive style of the 20’s there are a lot of parts that you can acquire for your own car that will do the era justice. One of the most iconic nuances of vehicles from that period were the wheels. You will notice in the film, The Great Gatsby, many of the vehicles had wheels that were bordered by white trim. These are now known as white-wall wheels. A set of white-wall wheels are easy to come by for most common vehicles and they are reasonably priced for the most part.
You don’t have to rebuild your car from the ground up in order to pull of vintage pre-depression area style. A few key accessories here and there will do the trick for your vehicle. For example, acquiring parts like headlights, shifter knobs, interior seats, and gages from actual classic cars will lend an air of the decadence that pervaded that time to your current vehicle.
It’s All About StyleRemember that the most important part about recalling any bygone fashion is paying attention to the details.
To truly make your car a Gatsby style car you must pay attention to the details.
Upholstery is one good way to nail down the automotive fashion of the time. Many Duesenbergs, Bentleys, and Rolls Royces were built custom in that time. Take a look at some images online of some of your favorite Gatsby-esque vehicles and find a good auto upholsterer in your area that can match the style.
In the end, it is not all about making your car look exactly like Gatsby’s car. Unless you’re a billionaire, that will be next to impossible. But if you embrace the spirit of the 20’s and can get creative, you can adopt the same style that defined that generation and make it work today.
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