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The Playboy was made in Buffalo, NY. (1946 - 1951) It had a modest production of about 97 cars. The cars were driven by a 40bhp 4-cylinder Continental (originially Hercules) L-head engine and a 7 ft. 6 in. wheelbase. The three seat convertibles had an automatic transmission.
Perhaps 40 cars survive. Our car is a 1948 unrestored original retractable hardtop. It has a 3-speed on the column and came from Bill Harrah's Reno, Nevada collection in 1964.
Harrah had our car delivered to West Philadelphia and I went there to pick it up. His transport dropped our car off and picked up a new addition to his collection, a Dagmar (which was made in Frederick, Maryland).
Late Owner & Curator
Click on the thrumbnail below to view an
enlargement of a 1947 Playboy advertisement
Source: "The New Encyclopedia of Automobiles, 1885 to the Present", Crescent Books, NY, copyr. 1986
For more info on Playboys go to: www.playboymotorcars.com