In the mid-1930s, a contemporary series of Duesenbergs was offered featuring a wider body dropped over the frame rails for a lower profile. Designated the 'JN' series, they were designed by Herb Newport of Rollston and Company of New York.
The rare supercharged Duesenberg JNs were among the most powerful cars of their day, powered by a straight-eight engine displacing 420 cubic-inches and with the Duesenberg-designed supercharger, had 320 horsepower. They had smaller 17 inch wheels, skirted fenders and lowered bodies set directly on the frame rails. A favorite with the rich and famous, these cars were actually very drivable despite their mass and speed.
The Duesenberg company slogan was The World's Finest Motor Car and its racing heritage led to a quality passenger car which was advertised as being able to achieve 104 mph in 2nd gear.
Even though Duesenberg survived the Great Depression, it died with the collapse of the Cord Corporation in 1937. Attempts were made to revive the company in 1947 and again in 1966 when only one car was actually produced.