Enthusiasts recognize that the Duesenberg Brothers made a marvelous product, but they did not run a business that was sustainable in the long run. The firm's financial statements indicate that the cost of production exceeded that of total sales, exclusive of overhead and administrative costs. However, their mission was different; they wished to produce a custom-built luxury car of marked distinction to compete with European cars in a class above any other American marque. This they did.
The Duesenberg J's engine produced 265 horsepower, enough to propel the car to speeds in excess of 110 miles per hour; it produced 374 foot-pounds of torque at just 2,000 RPM. The chassis became a favorite for coachbuilders creating custom one-off cars. A buyer could also purchase limited production series with superb in-house bodies designed by Gordon Buehrig.Also photographed at :