The Duesenberg - Encore Exhibit which started on July 1st, with 9 Duesenbergs will continue to be displayed now through Monday September 7, 2015.
Manufactured between 1928 and 1935, the nine automobiles are compromised of not only the first serial numbered Model J Duesenberg but also the last, and of course eight unique examples in between. These decadent one-of-a-kind automobiles were owned by the most influential of the time, including many well known celebrities and highly successful businessmen. Among these ten“Duesies,” previous owners include; John J McCarthy – former president of the Cracker Jack Company, Otis Chandler – Los Angeles Times publisher, Sid Smith – Andy Gump Cartoonist , and Golden Age Hollywood actress Dolores Del Rio. Furthermore, one of the ten cars is a bit of a celebrity itself, the 1929 Model J Murphy Dual Cowl Phaeton was featured in the 1982 John Huston film “Annie.”
The Duesenberg brand of automobiles represents an innovative melding of American elegance, engineering and extravagance. No two cars are the same for they were custom built by E.L. Cord and Fred Duesenberg, hence the expression “It’s a Duesy.” They were the finest vehicles of their time that money could buy.
Duesenberg cars were considered some of the very best cars of the time, and were built entirely by hand. In 1914, Eddie Richenbacker drove a “Duesy”to finish in 10th place at the Indianapolis 500, and a Duesenberg won the race in 1924, 1925, and 1927. The company ceased production in 1937, but during its lifetime Duesenberg passenger cars were proudly owned by some of the wealthiest and most famous people the world over.
It is estimated that 378 of the 481 originally manufactured Duesenbergs are still on the road today.