Anytime you look into the ways cars were made in the prewar era, you get amazed by the captivating inventiveness of the engineers and designers of the day. They took their time, they spent unsurmountable resources and did whatever they needed to do for their dreams to come alive.
It was also a time when affluence was easily expressed through the acquisition of the most exquisite automotive. The Packard, the Delahaye, the Duesenberg among several others were all part of this important equation of the ecosystem. Even back in the days the rich and famous still picked something that was extremely unique, perhaps peculiar even.
The Rolls-Royce Jonckheere Phantom I was one of the esteemed coupes of back in the days that made it to first-class rating. Custom coachbuilding of the 1920s and 1930s was the ultimate form of self-expression for the rich and famous.
Whether it was a Waterhouse-bodied Packard, a Figoni & Falaschi-bodied Delahaye or a Murphy-bodied Duesenberg, the affluent could essentially own a one-of-a-kind vehicle. Each of these famous coachbuilders was known for their specialized workmanship and was commissioned to build custom bodies over the years. But it was upon Belgium’s Jonckheere to do the Phantom I and it turned out to be the right pick.
Indeed, there are lots of great lessons to learn about several vehicles of the days gone by. They have preserved history and continue to contribute awesomely to modern motoring.
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