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Duesenberg - The greatest American cars ever built - Appreciation

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Cedric, Jan 7, 2012.

  1. Cedric

    Cedric Senior Member

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    Started reading about these magnificent automobiles about a year ago and became fascinated with them.

    Here is a little history for those who have never heard.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duesenberg

    These cars were the equivalent of owning a Bugatti Veyron, or Enzo Ferrari or in dollar amount, a $1M-$2M car today. Basically you purchased the chassis and engine and you took it to a coach builder, who made the body of your choice, so no two Duesenbergs were alike.

    The only commonality among them all was the powerful straight 8 cylinder motor, that pushed out around 245 hp in base form and an optional supercharged straight 8 with 320 hp, over 80 years ago. These cars were well capable of speeds of over 100 mph.
    At the time when an average car cost $200-$500, a "Duesy" commanded $20000+, often up to $25000.

    The biggest Duesenberg private collector in America has to be Jay Leno, with about 5-6 in his collection.
    Without further ado, please take a look at the video below,

    This particular model below is the highest car one ever sold in America, at just over $10MM.
    The "Whittell Coupe" Duesy was built for California playboy George Whittell, hence its name.

    [VIDEO][/VIDEO]


    I will post more images of Duesenbergs as this thread goes along.
     
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    GreenFrog Stylish Dinosaur

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    Absolutely stunning.
     


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    HRoi Stylish Dinosaur

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    Wait, so you're saying the Cadillac Catera wasn't the greatest American car ever built?? :confused:
     


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    :laugh:
     


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    Kai Distinguished Member

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    I love the engine turned dash.
     


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    Harold falcon Stylish Dinosaur

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    Goddamn that's beautiful.
     


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    Cedric Senior Member

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    Thanks guys, these are truly a work of art and the technology behind them is
    I cannot think of any American car these days that can rival the Euros on all levels, these cars did just that and were better.
    I will soon start posting more pics to this thread.
     


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    Duesenbergs are beautiful indeed. I would be scared shitless that some idiot 16 year old would hit me if I ever drove that thing.
     


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    His insurance would pay for the restoration.
    A lot of the ones you see today were restored at least twice. lol
     


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