Friday, August 7, 2015

I swear, I'm not a car guy: Rolls Royce Phantom I Jonckheere Coupe

Holy smokes.  This is a cool car.

Before you ask, no... I've never seen this car in person.  I stumbled across it online.

But I like a good car museum.  The evolution of cars over the years is a fascinating thing to walk through, and to try to imagine the cars as new and modern during the time when they rolled off the assembly line and to wonder what our cars will look like in 50 years always sets me back a little.

Luxury cars of the 1920's - 1940's are a firm reminder of not just the amazing engineering of the period, but the importance of style in detail that's not part of the conversation in my circles in the modern era, and which doesn't exist in quite the same way in the modern luxury cars, including the $350K Ferrari I walked past in Chicago.  But it's also a reminder of the class divide of the eras in which cars were built.

The automobiles of the 20's and 30's could often reflect the art deco stylings of architecture and visual art (and clothing, let's be honest).

After doing some Googling, I believe this is a one-of-a-kind, custom outfitted car.

It has a round door.

I feel like this should have belonged to a young Lamont Cranston, but maybe I'm over thinking all this.

That, my friends, is one hell out of a car.

For a full article and complete car porn, here you go.


Sound Affects said...

Did that come out of Batman: TAS?

The League said...

Yeah, you can tell Timm and Co. had a hell of an eye for the art-deco style. It'd be interesting to know what cars they were looking at. What was that, '92? So they were down in the WB library somewhere, cause you couldn't just Google it.