1923 Duesenberg Model A Touring / 845 Chassis Information

1923 Duesenberg Model A photograph

1923 Duesenberg Model A photograph

1923 Duesenberg Model A photograph

1923 Duesenberg Model A photograph

1923 Duesenberg Model A photograph

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Touring
Coachwork: Millspaugh & Irish
Chassis #: 845
Sold for $346,500 at 2018 Worldwide Auctioneers : Scottsdale.
At the turn of the last century, Iowa bicycle makers August and Fred Duesenberg tinkered with gasoline engines and by 1913 the Duesenberg Automobile & Motors company was manufacturing cars. The company failed, but they developed an engine which did well in the Indianapolis 500. They used their experience building aircraft engines during World War I for the military to design their famous straight-eight engine.

Manufactured by the Duesenberg Automobile and Motors Company, the early Duesenberg was designed to be the ultimate road car, based on the extensive racing experience of August and Fred Duesenberg. The Duesenberg Eight-in-a-Row motor car was advertised in 1920 as an 'Automobile for the Connoisseur, Built to Outclass, Outrun and Outlast any Car on the Road.' Although now referred to as the Model A, the company only called it the '8 in a Row' or the 'Straight 8.' The Model A designation was coined by the public, after the Model J was introduced in the late 1920s. The Model A is the first car built by the Duesenberg brothers from 1921 to 1926. It was an extremely advanced automobile with prices starting at $6,500 for the chassis only. The engine was the first 'mass-produced' straight eight cylinder engine in the United States and featured a single overhead camshaft and four-valve cylinder heads. It offered the first hydraulic brakes in a United States passenger car. It was lighter and smaller but more powerful than its competitors and the fastest car of its time. It won the Indianapolis 500 three out of four years it was entered and it was purchased by many celebrities including Rudolph Valentino. Only 650 Model As were built over the entire six year model run.

This car was owned by a Minneapolis family for many years. They reportedly made a number of vacation trips to Florida in this car pulling a camping trailer. The restoration didn't include the trailer hitch. The restoration began in the late 1980s by a former owner who, unfortunately, never saw it finished. The current restoration was an eight-year process completed in 2010 by Jerry Smith.


2018 Worldwide Auctioneers : Scottsdale

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$350,000-$500,000 
Sale Price :
$346,500

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1923 Duesenberg Model A Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1923 sales)
1923 Duesenberg Model A Sport Touring by Rubay
Sold for $187,000
  2019 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall
 
1923 Duesenberg Model A Sport Touring
Chassis#: 845
Sold for $346,500
  2018 Worldwide Auctioneers : Scottsdale
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1923 Duesenberg Model A Sport Phaeton
Chassis#: 977
Sold for $407,000
  2017 RM Sothebys : Monterey
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1923 Duesenberg Model A Sport Phaeton
Chassis#: 977
Sold for $374,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's Hershey Auction
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1923 Duesenberg Model A Touring
Chassis#: 892
Sold for $183,000
  2012 Bonhams - The Scottsdale Sale, Az
 
1923 DUESENBERG MILSPAUGH & IRISH 4-PASS
Sold for $121,000
  2001 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale 2001
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1923 Duesenberg Model A's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1923 DUESENBERG MODEL A COUPE 2003 Kruse Auction Auburn, IN$108,500  

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1923 Duesenberg Model A vehicle thumbnail image  1923 Duesenberg Model A vehicle thumbnail image  
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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model A1921 Bender Coupe
Coachbuilder: Bender Body Company of Cleveland
Chassis Num: 601
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model A1922 Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Fleetwood
Chassis Num: 603
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model A1922 Rumble Seat Coupe
Coachbuilder: Fleetwood
Chassis Num: 661
Engine Num: 1075
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model A1922 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Millspaugh & Irish
Chassis Num: 798
Engine Num: 1366
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model A1923 Touring
Coachbuilder: Millspaugh & Irish
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model A1923 Touring
Coachbuilder: Millspaugh & Irish
Chassis Num: 845
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model A1923 Sport Phaeton
Chassis Num: 977
Engine Num: 1373
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model A1923 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Millspaugh & Irish
Chassis Num: A-773
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model A1924 Roadster
Chassis Num: 1003
Engine Num: 1392
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model A1924 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Brandfon
Chassis Num: 1216
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model A1925 Phaeton
Chassis Num: 1049
Engine Num: 1441
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model A1925 Sport Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Millspaugh & Irish
Chassis Num: 1080
Engine Num: 1476
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model A1925 Phaeton
Chassis Num: 675
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model A1925 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Millspaugh & Irish
Chassis Num: 989
Engine Num: 1372
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model A1926 Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Millspaugh & Irish
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model A1926 7-Passenger Touring
Coachbuilder: Springfield
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model A1926 Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Millspaugh & Irish
Chassis Num: 1451
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model A1926 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Charles G. Schutte Body Company
Chassis Num: D61S
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model A1926 Sedan
Chassis Num: D64B
Engine Num: 1646


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