Thanks to its timeless beauty, immense size, super power, high price, engineering excellence, and exclusivity, the Duesenberg has the distinction of being one of the most admired cars of all time. The cars were built in Indianapolis, Indiana from the late 1920s until the late 1930's. The original Duesenberg of 1921 had the honor of being the first American car with a straight-eight as well as the first with 4-wheel hydraulic brakes. Under the ownership of E.L. Cord, Duesenberg would introduce the Model J on December 1, 1928 at the New York Automobile Salon. The chassis alone would cost $8,500 rising to $9,500 by 1932; this at a time when a Ford Model A would retail for $480. With completed coachwork, prices would easily exceed $20,000 and over 5,000 pounds. Production cars could top 115 mph, and reach 88 mph in second gear; this when most cars could barely reach 70mph! The car would unabashedly be advertised as 'The World's Finest Motor Car' and the only copy used in many of the company's advertisements would be simply, 'He drives a Duesenberg.' The list of Duesenberg owners would be a Who's Who of Hollywood along with captains of industry.
Chassis J-113 would begin life as a town car with coachwork by Holbrook. It would be reconstructed along with parts in 1963 by noted Duesenberg restorer Arthur Hol. The wood body would be designed by the late-Herb Newport who also designed the two SSJ Town Car and the Mormon Meteor; arguably among the most famous of all Duisenberg's. Its wooden body is constructed of Honduras Mahogany and was built by John Todd, a Maryland boat and coachbuilder of extraordinary talent. Duesenberg would survive the Depression, only to close its doors with the collapse of Auburn and Cord along with the remainder of the E.L. Cord Empire in 1937.Also photographed at :