1927 Duesenberg Model X news, pictures, and information
During this period fewer than 300 cars were produced, all carrying the 'Straight Eight' motor which had garnered the firm four Indianapolis 500 Victories during this period.
The Duesenberg Model X, an upgrade to the previously produced Model A, was the last series of Duesenbergs to be designed by Fred Duesenberg. The Duesenberg Company had intended to mass produce the X, but production was cut short when the company was acquired by E.L. Cord in 1927.
This car was originally owned by Arnold Kirkeby, an owner of Chicago hotels and a one time Indianapolis 500 racing car sponsor. It is one of the only four Model 'X' cars remaining (all of different body types) and is considered 'by far the most exotic.' Original paint and leather were discovered on the chassis and were repeated in this striking color scheme.
This car was displayed at the November 1927 New York Auto Show. Although 13 bodies were planned for the new Duesenberg 'X' chassis, just a few were actually built. Each had a different body configuration - four-door salon, Town Car, Limousine, and this one and only 'X' is the most exotic.
It is believed that only 13 examples of the Duesenberg Model X's were ever produced, with only four surviving. This particular example, the last Duesenberg to be designed by Fred Duesenberg before the company was sold to E.L. Cord, was bodied by Locke & Company.
By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2010
Chassis Num: 095R
This 1927 Duesenberg Model X rides on a wheelbase that measures 141 inches and originally sold for approximately $75000. Power is from an in-line eight-cylinder engine offering 100 horsepower. It is very original and was owned new by the chief of engineer of General Electric. It has its original interior, paint and hat holder in the ceiling. This Model X carries series #095R and is fitted with sedan coachwork by Brunn.
The company had parts produced for 13 Model Xs before the program was cut short, and only four are accounted for today. The Model X is considered by many to be a transitional model between the Model A and the Model J. It was Fred Duesenberg's attempt to update and upgrade the Model A on a very limited budget. The Model X was similar to the Model A, however, the X version featured revised suspension and a slightly more powerful engine with a reverse-flow head. One of the bodies fitted on the Model X chassis would form the inspiration for the later Auburn Speedster.
The Model X was similar to the Model A, but featured a revised suspension, hypoid differential and a slightly more powerful engine with a reverse-flow head. The eight-cylinder engine was capable of carrying the car to a top speed in the neighborhood of 100 mph. It rides on a 141 inch wheelbase and sports hydraulic brakes that Fred first used on his 1914 race cars. The brake design along could have earned him a fortune had he the foresight to obtain a patent. Originally, just the chassis cost $7,500.
By Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2011
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