Cars & Racing | 29 July 20161930 Jordan Model Z Speedway Ace Roadster Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Have you ever dreamed of owning the type of car that adorns the lawns of the world’s most famous car shows? The 1930 Jordan Model Z Speedway Ace Roadster would surely be the perfect model. Art of the Classic Car takes you behind the wheel of this gorgeous convertible. Photographer: Peter Harholdt One of the last Jordan model cars ever built is also the only one of its kind known to exist—the Model Z Speedway Ace Roadster, of which only 14 were made. Like many companies, automotive and otherwise, Jordan failed to make it out of the Great Depression, but not before making some cars of remarkable quality and uniquely American style. Photographer: Peter Harholdt The Cleveland, Ohio-based Jordan Automobile Company, was founded in 1916. During the 1920s, Jordan made its mark on automotive culture and advertising through a popular ad campaign for its Playboy roadster and Blueboy sedan; their tagline was, “Somewhere West of Laramie.” At one point Jordan had 85 dealers in the United States, and during its history more than 43,000 Jordan cars were built. Photographer: Peter Harholdt The Model Z Ace was introduced in 1930. It had a low mounted body on a long 145-inch wheelbase frame. Its body was built by another Cleveland firm, the Facto Auto Body Company. It had a large 5.3-liter, straight-eight engine (mated to a four speed gearbox) that made 114 bhp at 3,300 rpm. Jordan sought to capture some of the interest in aircraft during this period by using toggle switches for various accessories and even incorporating an altimeter into its dashboard. Jordan wasn’t completely dependent on gimmicks, however—it used high-quality components and even included filters for its oil and fuel, an automatic windshield washer, thermostatically controlled radiator shutters, and other unique and advanced features. Its engine’s crankshaft ran smoothly on five main bearings, and the car stopped with the aid of fully hydraulic brakes. Unfortunately, the Ace Roadster’s price and market timing doomed it from the outset. Priced at over $5,000, it arrived just one year after the stock market crashed and eliminated the ability of many potential customers to afford such a car. Photographer: Peter Harholdt Found in 1998, this lone surviving Jordan Model Z Speedway Ace Roadster was restored, and received a class award at the 2008 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: The rarity and historical significance of prewar classic and antique cars make them hot commodities on the collector car market. These are the automobiles that populate the fairways and manicured lawns of the world’s greatest car shows in alluring locales like Pebble Beach, California, and Amelia Island, Florida. These are the cars that bring a hush to the hall when they roll across the blocks at auctions around the world. These are the cars that fill the world’s greatest collections, like those of Ralph Lauren, Mark Knopfler, and various members of royal families. These are the cars from history’s premiere automakers: hallowed names like Packard, Duesenberg, Stutz, Bugatti, Mercedes-Benz, Cord, and others—six-figure and million-dollar machines that thrill Barrett-Jackson audiences and drive bidders to frenzy. Art of the Classic Car features the stunning studio photography of Peter Harholdt (Art of the Hot Rod, Art of the Muscle Car), lavished on the most significant automobiles from the classic era: the 1910s to early 1940s. Every page contains framable-quality portraits of some of the most important cars ever made, with each car accompanied by a short essay from automotive expert Peter Bodensteiner that places the model contextually within automotive history. Complete with period ads and promotional art, Art of the Classic Car is the most beautiful pictorial history of classic cars ever produced. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.