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Playboy prototype to be joined by playmates at Saratoga Automobile Museum

The original Playboy prototype will have three — possibly four — playmates the weekend of Sept. 26-28, 2014. That weekend, the Saratoga Automobile Museum will host an unofficial reunion of the rare compact cars during a concours at the museum, according to Playboy owner Michael A.Cohen.

Playboy cars were built by the Playboy Motor Car Company of Buffalo, New York, from 1946-’48.  The diminutive car was ahead of its time with “slab siding design” and an all-steel retractable hardtop roof. The company built only 97 units before its demise. Only 39 survivors are currently accounted for and reportedly only about 12 of these are functional.

According to Cohen, the September 26-28 reunion at the Saratoga Automobile Museum will mark the first time in about 60 years that multiple Playboy automobiles will be displayed together.

An original ad for the 1946-'48 Playboy car.

An original ad for the 1946-’48 Playboy car.

 

Related Resources

Read about the Playboy and other indies in Standard Catalog of American Cars 1946-1975

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