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1923 Duesenberg Model A

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The Duesenberg Model A was the vision of Fred and August Duesenberg and period advertising described it as a car that was 'Built to outclass, outrun and outlast any car on the road.' That claim was backed by a race-bred chassis with an innovative straight-eight overhead cam engine and advanced 4-wheel hydraulic brakes. Between 1921 and 1926 around 500 Model A Duesenbergs were built; the numbers were limited by the high price of $6,500.

The Duesenberg Model A was the first automobile in series production to have hydraulic brakes and a straight-eight engine. Known as the Duesenberg Straight Eight, the Model A was first shown in late 1920 at the Commodore Hotel in New York City. Production was delayed because of Fred Duesenberg's decision to redesign several aspects of the car including valvetrain changes from horizontal overhead valves to an overhead camshaft.

Like this example, many of these cars were finished by Duesenberg's favorite coachbuilder, Millspaugh & Irish. Today there are less than 40 complete cars remaining and fewer still with documented history and with their original engine, chassis, and coachwork.

This car, bodied by Millspaugh and Irish, spent an astonishing 54 years in storage locked away and untouched. It was discovered by a Duesenberg expert who was also aware of two Model A and one Model X Duesenbergs in the owner's possession.

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1923 Duesenberg Model A Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Duesenberg Model A

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

Duesenberg Model As That Failed To Sell At Auction

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

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1923 Duesenberg Model A Profiles

1923 Duesenberg Model A vehicle information
Roadster
Coachwork: Millspaugh & Irish
Chassis #: A-773
1923 Duesenberg Model A vehicle information
Touring
Coachwork: Millspaugh & Irish
Chassis #: 845
1923 Duesenberg Model A vehicle information
Sport Phaeton
Chassis #: 977
Engine #: 1373
1923 Duesenberg Model A vehicle information
Touring
Coachwork: Millspaugh & Irish