'Its a Doozy!' Within a short period of time after the debut of the Model J Duesenberg at the 1928 New York Automobile show, a newly-coined exclamation became part of the American vocabulary: 'It's a Doozy!' The phrase was generally used to describe anything of beauty, elegance, or excitement and the Model J Duesenberg fits the phrase perfectly.
The Model J Duesenbergs were the first luxury cars designed to be driven by their owners. Those fortunate owners of the Model J Duesenberg ranged from New York City stockbrokers to Hollywood movie starts.
This unusual Duesenberg was purchased new by Queen Marie of Yugoslavia in 1931. During this year, the queen visited the Duesenberg stand at the Paris Automobile show and ordered a new Duesenberg chassis at a cost of nearly $9,000. She commissioned the French coachbuilder Franay to construct this four door convertible sedan body, which cost an additional $9,000.
Queen Marie used the car extensively in the south of France and even displayed the car at the Cannes Concours when it was new.