American Super-Luxury Cars Live On

New Concept Coupe Could Breathe New Life Into American Luxury Cars

Published August 21, 2017

There was a time in America’s history that we were known for having the most luxurious cars available. That role was taken over by brands like Rolls-Royce, Bentley, and Mercedes, and we have never gotten it back. That’s not to say that America has not cranked out some classy cars in the last few decades, but it has been a while since we were able to truly compete in the super-luxury market. That may change soon, as the Godsil Manhattan V16 concept is gaining attention.

The vehicle is the work of Jason Godsil, the founder of Godsil Motorcars. His number one goal is to bring the title of most-luxurious car manufacturer back to American soil. With names like Duesenberg and Cadillac fading in the luxury market, or failing to exist at all, there has been little hope for super-luxury cars in America for years. Mr. Godsil is certain he can change that, and his new concept car is shedding some much-needed light on the idea.

The Godsil Manhattan V16 supercar was Jason Godsil’s answer to one simple question, “What would a Duesenberg look like today if they were still in business?” The 134-inch wheelbase makes the current renderings longer than a Rolls-Royce Phantom, while the huge wheels and large vented hood give it an all-around intimidating presence.  Yet, it looks so smooth. While most of the design was inspired by his favorite cars of the 1930’s, it may be produced as a coupe with a glass roof. To add another modern twist, it could potentially run on compressed natural gas and have an incredible 13-Liter engine.

There is talk of a prototype being made by the summer of 2018, but none of that has been confirmed. There seems to be a rising interest in another American made super-luxury vehicle. The news of the Godsill Manhattan concept is gaining traction, and it’s only a matter of time before funding is made available. If so, there may be major production within a decade. If that happens, they may take the concept to the SUV level, because there is no such thing as a super-luxury minivan…yet.


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The Car scene is so diverse Where I come from, most enthusiasts recognize the amazing engineering (particularly the engines). The bulk of the ridicule originates from the manner in which many of the vehicles are modded/maintained. Thus, the jokes and or hate tends to be aimed more at the owner rather than the machine. All of which makes seeing properly sorted old Toyota's and Hondas at car meets, auto shows, and track days all the more refreshing.

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