21 Days of Chicago Lightning – Teasers, Tidbits, Trivia (Day 12 – Rolls-Royce) by Kaye Spencer #roaringtwenties #romanticsuspense #prohibitionera

Chicago Lightning is a romantic suspense novel that begins with the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in Chicago on February 14, 1929 and ends around midnight two days later in Five Points, New York City.

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One of the characters in Chicago Lightning is a Rolls-Royce. The car rivals a 1956 Timex watch, because it takes a licking and keeps on ticking.

Specifically, this Rolls-Royce is an American-made (as opposed to British-made) cream-colored 1928 Phantom 1 four-door sedan with three-speed transmission, head lamps, dual spare wheels, luggage rack, cabin ventilators (early, rudimentary air conditioning), extra floorboard heater, interior dash instruments, and the Spirit of Ecstasy bonnet ornament.

Spirit of Ecstasy – Wikimedia Commons image

As I don’t own copyrights to images of 1928 Phantom 1 Rolls-Royce cars, here are two links that show nice examples.

Convertible 1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom 1 HERE
Limo-style 1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom 1 HERE

Back to Chicago Lightning

This car is the pride and joy of mob boss Eddie Rocchelli. He had it custom designed with walnut interior, brocade-covered seats, armor plating, and bullet proof glass.

The one thing he didn’t account for, though, was having it stolen right out from under his nose by his runaway wife.

Until next time,
Kaye Spencer

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Day 1 – Jan. 25th – Chicago Lightning – book video
Day 2 – Jan. 26th – Popular Songs of the 1920s
Day 3 – Jan. 27th – Notable Events of the 1920s – 1920 through 1924
Day 4 – Jan. 28th – Notable Events of the 1920s – 1925 through 1929
Day 5 – Jan. 29th – Chapter 1 Micro Excerpt
Day 6 – Jan. 30th – Slang – 1920s era
Day 7 – Jan. 31st – Pre-order
Day 8 – Feb. 1st – 1920s Kitchen
Day 9 – Feb. 2nd – ‘Roaring 20s’
Day 10 – Feb. 3rd – Chapter 2 Micro Excerpt
Day 11 – Feb. 4th – 4 Roaring Twenties Movies
Day 12 – Feb. 5th – 1928 Phantom 1 Rolls-Royce
Day 13 – Feb. 6th – Speakeasy
Day 14 – Feb. 7th – Chapter 2 – Micro Excerpt #3
Day 15 – Feb. 8th – Pre-FBI – brief history
Day 16 – Feb. 9th – 1920s radio
Day 17 – Feb. 10th – Release Day, Micro Excerpt #4, and bullet resistant clothing
Day 18 – Feb. 11th – “The Hedge”
Day 19 – Feb. 12th – What did it cost? 1925-1929
Day 20 – Feb. 13th – Hello? Who’s calling?
Day 21 – Feb. 14th – 1920s reference books and book video



  1. I’m catching up on your blogs, Kaye! I love these tidbits–I don’t know a lot about that time period and everything you’re blogging on is really interesting! I loved this story–can’t say that enough!

    1. Hi, Cheryl, Great! I’m glad you’re enjoying my mini-history/trivia articles. Thanks for stopping in.

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