Sneak Peek into the car collection of Hollywood's best from the Golden era, Humphrey Bogart

By Simon Boseman

Published July 22, 2024

Sneak Peek into the car collection of Hollywood's best from the Golden era, Humphrey Bogart

Table of Contents

  • 1938 Plymouth Deluxe Coupe
  • 1940 Buick Phaeton 
  • 1950 Jaguar XK 120

"The only point in making money is so you can tell some big shot where to go.", these were the words of the Hollywood’s golden era’s finest, Humphery Bogart. In addition to his famous quote, he owned some luxury cars that were quite close to him since they appeared in two of his films. The Jaguar XK 120 was his daily driver back in the day. He was spotted with his co-actor turned romantic interest and eventual wife Lauren Bacall inside. The 1938 Plymouth Coupe of Humphery Bogart was utilized in his 1941 film “Big Sleep”. Lastly, the 1940 Buick Phaeton was included in one of his masterpieces “Casablanca”. Mr. Bogie is also known to spread his love for cars and has helped the needy. One such instance was when he bought a car for his gardener who was rejected from applying for a car loan due to his ethnicity of being Latino.

3. 1938 Plymouth Deluxe Coupe

Back in the day it was common for Hollywood actors to indulge in luxury segment large cars such as 1938 Plymouth Deluxe Coupe. The unique thing about this car was that not only Humphery Bogart but also his character from his iconic “High Sierra” film drove this beauty.


This car was dear to him because it was inside this car his co-actor Lauren Bacall’s character and his character developed feeling for each other that reciprocated in real life too.

1938 Plymouth Deluxe CoupeSpecs
Powertrain3L Inline 6 cylinder engine
Horsepower80 HP
Transmission5-speed manual
0-60 MPHNA
Top SpeedNA

A 1936 Plymouth Inline 6 engine and a 5-speed manual transmission are mounted below the hood. It does have A/C, and the controls are behind the seats. Riding on rubber tires with silver wheels. LED taillights and front high-intensity headlights. A switch in the gas door opens the trunk—steering wheel with a banjo design.

2. 1940 Buick Phaeton 

The 1940 Buick Phaeton, driven by Humphrey Bogart in the motion picture Casablanca and High Sierra, sold for $460,000 in 2013. The 1940 Buick Model 81C trunkback Cabriolet Phaeton is one of only 230 produced. Unbelievably, the iconic Aztec Brown painted vehicle had only traveled 42,000 miles.


The Buick may continue to be a sought-after movie vehicle for years, given that Casablanca is still regarded as a classic and treasured piece of Hollywood more than seven decades after its inception and this car featured in this masterpiece.

1940 Buick PhaetonSpecs
Powertrain3 L I6
Horsepower80 hp
Transmission3-speed gearbox
0-60 MPHNA
Top SpeedNA

It has a 3-speed gearbox and an 8-cylinder engine. The car's body and interior are completely original, right down to the cigarette burns on the seats that Bogie himself probably put there as he was a heavy smoker and a drinker. Despite a physical revival that was finished in the nineties giving it new wiring, tires with side mounts, and a basic shift in the steering column.

1. 1950 Jaguar XK 120

This was the actor’s daily driver as he was seen taking his wife and his son inside it as well as driving it to the film studio. The Jaguar XK120 of Humphery Bogart had immaculate interiors with one or two cigarette burns owing to his excessive drinking and smoking habit that eventually lead him to his death due to cancer.


Secondly, the car’s current whereabouts are not known as the film fraternity is in search of his lost piece of possession.

1950 Jaguar XK 120Specs
Powertrain1.75 4 cylinder
Horsepower162 hp
Torque192 lb-ft
TransmissionMoss 4 speed Manual
0-60 MPHNA
Top Speed+120 MPH

The engine produced 193 pound-feet of torque at 2,400 rpm and 162 horsepower at 5,000 rpm. Telescopic dampers controlled transverse wishbones and torsion bars, and the front suspension was independent. In Jaguar's illustrious past, the XK120 Alloy Roadster is truly legendary. Even before Jaguar created a separate racing division, it won several races, and when it was first released, it was the quickest production road vehicle.

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