The 1920s is making a comeback in a major way with the upcoming release of the big budget adaptation of The Great Gatsby.
Directed by the iconic Baz Luhrmann and boasting a star-studded cast which includes the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan the 1925 novel is given another coat of paint by Hollywood's glitzy brush. It tells the story of millionaire Jay Gatsby during the Roaring Twenties where sustained economic prosperity sparked a cultural boom around the world. The likes of New York, Chicago, Paris, Berlin and London were becoming fashion hotspots and it was deemed as being a great time to be alive.
The vehicles were also iconic to this era and have been depicted in a host of films including the John Dillinger biopic Public Enemies, starring Johnny Depp, and the unforgettable 1968 British musical film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The latter saw Dick Van Dyke and Sally Ann Howes travel around in the loveable flying car attempting to avoid the grasp of the Child Catcher, portrayed by Robert Helpmann.
These cars are gracious beasts and synonymous with the turn of the century and thanks to Mamod, collectors can bring invoke the spirit of this by purchasing one of its limousine models. The company's 1403 Silver Limousine is one of the more elegant products within the Mamod range and can be purchased as a pre-assembled model or for the more adventurous can be bought as a kit in the 1407 Four-seated Limousine Kit SA1LK – Silver.
As with all Mamod items, they have been created to the highest possible standard and all materials have been sourced from within the UK. The company has a strong commitment of only buying British when it comes to their parts and then they are assembled at its manufacturing facility in Smethwick, West Midlands.
Collectors just after the model version will be getting a fine vehicle representing the finest styles that the Roaring Twenties had to offer. It measures 198 x 160 x 410 mm and weighs in at 2,750g and buyers can choose between either silver or burgundy. For the more advanced enthusiasts, they can purchase the car in a kit version.
Mamod describes the kit as being a product that "enables the user to build a unique and realistic working model, which captures the realism of years gone by" and also gives that unmistakable sense of satisfaction once it is complete. It is slightly heavier than the ready made product at 3,455g while it measures up at 585 x 540 x 100 mm. Buyers will have the option of a green colour aside from the normal silver and burgundy.
The imminent release of the latest remake of The Great Gatsby is no doubt going to invoke memories of the glorious 1920s but while all eyes will be on the fashion trends that will be purveyed to endless extents, the vehicles are some of the most majestic aspects of this decade. Picking up one of Mamod's limousines will be a great way to honour this great time of life.
The 1403 Silver Limousine is priced at £259.00 while the 1407 Four-seated Limousine Kit SA1LK – Silver is available for £236.00.