Under The Hood

Willoughby to be featured topic at Saratoga Automobile Museum lecture

Charles Flinchbaugh to present background on coachbuilder Willoughby

On Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, Charles Flinchbaugh will offer a presentation at the Saratoga Automobile Museum in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on Classic-era coachbuilder Willoughby Co. from 1-2:30 p.m. The presentation is free with regular museum admission.

Charles Flinchbaugh will offer insight into coachbuilder Willoughby of Utica, New York, in a lecture at the Saratoga Automobile Museum on Feb. 4.

Charles Flinchbaugh will offer insight into coachbuilder Willoughby of Utica, New York, in a lecture at the Saratoga Automobile Museum on Feb. 4.

The Willoughby Company of Utica, N.Y., specialized in handcrafting chauffeur-driven town car, landaulet and limousine car bodies of exceptional workmanship and conservative styling. Like most American custom coachbuilders, Willoughby was a production body builder, usually running production runs of 10 to 50 bodies for the custom catalogs of the luxury automobile manufacturers.

Today, Willoughby is fondly remembered for its Lincoln bodies (852 produced) of the 1920s and 1930s.  Willoughby also built 370 coupe, limousine and town car bodies for Rolls-Royce Springfield Ghosts. In addition, it produced small production runs of bodies for Cadillac, Franklin, Pierce-Arrow, Peerless, Lozier, Cole and Packard chassis.

The Rockefeller Family, Joe Lewis, Al Capone and Presidents Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover were among the many famous and wealthy Americans who enjoyed Willoughby town cars and limousines.

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