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1926 Jordan Motor Line Eight news, pictures, specifications, and information
For 1926, Jordan offered the Line Eight and the Great Line Eight models. Both had eight-cylinder engines and wheelbase sizes of 125.5-inches. The Line Eight had two bodystyles, a Roadster and a Sedan. The Great Line Eight had four bodystyles, including a five- and seven-passenger sedan, Brougham, and a 5-passenger touring car.

This 1966 Jordan Playboy Roadster has a 116-inch wheelbase and weighs 2915 pounds. Its engine is a Continental eight-cylinder unit that has a 2.8-inch bore and a 4.75-inch stroke. The car has an SAE horsepower rating of 26.4.

Edward S Jordan, commonly known as 'Ned' founded the Jordan Motor Car Company, based in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1916. Production of their vehicles continued until 1931 with over 43,000 examples being produced during that time. The vehicles that Jordan produced used components from other manufacturers and distributors, resulting in vehicles that were not the most technically advanced on the market. Power came from the Continental engines. Bosch ignitions, Bijur starters, and Timken axles were a few of the other components that made up a Jordan. Where Jordan excelled was in styling and design. The beautiful bodies were often clothed in exotic metals such as aluminum which helped keep the weight to a minimum while retaining structural rigidity. Vibrant colors often adorned the exterior while the interiors were plush and cozy. While most marques relied on fast drying black paint, Jordan used exotic colors such as Egyptian Bronze, Blue Devil Blue, Burgundy Old Wine, Ocean Sand Gray, Savage Red, Apache Red, Mercedes Red, Venetian Green, and Chinese Blue.

From the beginning, the Jordan automobiles were popular due in part to a successful ad campaigns that touted 'an honest car at an honest price', and later featuring a Playboy model. The Playboy ad first appeared in the June 1923 edition of the Saturday Evening Post with the model driving the Jordan and racing a cowboy. The idea behind the advertisement was to inspire readers to image where the car could take them, and how it could change and enhance their lives.

In the first year of production over one-thousand Jordan automobiles were sold. The flamboyant cars were stylish, attractive, and very colorful. Sales peaked to over 11,000 examples sold in 1926 but by the close of the 1920's, sales began to decline. The onset of the Great Depression and fierce competition were just a few of the reasons for slow sales. Jordan offered a new model in 1927 that turned out to be a flop. A reorganization of the company soon followed but it was not enough; by 1931 the company was out of business.

By Daniel Vaughan | May 2009
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