The Fast and the Formal:
Pre-war high speed Luxury
Automobiles performed a wide range of functions from early on. They were absolutely ideal for routine, everyday service. Uncomplainingly, they provided transport for people and goods. But they generated the greatest enthusiasm when they combined speed and luxury in a magnificently holistic experience. The era between the two World Wars was the first time when a fascinating melange was created between aesthetic design and speed. Pace itself had been transformed into a facet of luxury. After all, travelling fast in everyday life was a completely new experience. While conceiving and building a body exuding elegance was already regarded as a lofty aspiration, a powerful drivetrain imposed additional sophisticated demands on designers. Travelling quickly and comfortably all at the same time remained the preserve of a select elite during that era. The vehicles in this class are living proof of that privilege.