This 1929 DuPont, Model G, Merrimac, 4-place Speedster, is one of 273 Model G luxury automobiles produced between 1929 and January 1932, when the marque ended all production. A total of 625 automobiles were produced by DuPont Motors.
DuPont Motors Inc. was founded by E. Paul duPont to build marine engines during World War I. When the war ended, he began to manufacture automobiles, and his first car, the Model A, was introduced in 1919.
This 1929 Model G was the marque's first eight-cylinder car. It was available as a phaeton, coupe, sedan, victoria, limousine, sport and this example of a convertible. All had custom-made bodies by coachbuilders such as Waterhouse, Derham, and this example of a Merrimac body.
The vehicle has a top speed of 77 mph and is powered by an in-line, 321.8 cubic-inch, 8-cylinder engine, developing 125 horsepower, and is coupled to a 3-speed manual transmission. The 1929 automobile sold new between $4,360 and $6,125.
Famous owners of Model Gs include Will Rogers, Jack Dempsey and Mary Pickford, who bought it for her husband, Douglas Fairbanks.