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About Duesenberg

Duesenberg was a United States-based luxury automobile company active in various forms from 1913 to 1937, most famous for their extremely high-quality, record-breakingly fast roadsters.

History

In 1913, the German Duesenberg Brothers, Fred and August, founded Duesenberg Automobile & Motors Company, Inc. in Garner, Iowa, at State street, to build sports cars. Born in 1876 and 1879 in Lemgo, Germany, the two brothers were self-taught engineers and built many experimental cars. Duesenberg cars were considered some of the very best cars of the time, and were built entirely by hand. In 1914 Eddie Rickenbacker drove a "Duesy" to finish in 10th place at the Indianapolis 500, and a Duesenberg car won the race in 1924, 1925, and 1927.

1923 saw the only use of the Duesenberg as the pace car at the Indianapolis 500. In 1921, Jimmy Murphy became the first American to win the French Grand Prix when he drove a Duesenberg to victory at the Le Mans racetrack.

Duesenberg Automobiles and Motors Company moved from New Jersey to a new headquarters and factory in Indianapolis in July of 1921 to begin production of passenger vehicles. Although the Duesenberg brothers were world-class engineers, they were unable to sell their Model A car, their first "mass-produced" vehicle (just 667 were ever made). It was considered extremely advanced, offering features such as dual overhead cams, four-valve cylinder heads and the first hydraulic brakes offered on a passenger car. The company went into receivership in 1922, finally being acquired from creditors by a Fred Duesenberg-led investor group in 1925 forming the Duesenberg Motors Company.

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2-door
2-seat
S8 32v 6.9L DOHC M-3
197.6 kW / 265.0 hp / 265.0 hp        
   

Duesenberg J (1931)

2-door 2-seater fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 32-valve straight (inline) engine, DOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam), 6876 cm3 / 419.6 cu in / 419.6 cu in, 197.6 kW / 265.0 hp / 265.0 hp @ 4200 rpm / 4200 rpm / 4200 rpm, manual 3-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 185 km/h / 115 mph / 115 mph top speed

4-door
5-seat
S8 16v 4.3L SOHC M-3
65.6 kW / 88.0 hp / 88.0 hp        
   

Duesenberg Model A (1921)

4-door 5-seater drophead coupé (convertible coupé), petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 16-valve straight (inline) engine, SOHC (single overhead camshaft), 4261 cm3 / 260.0 cu in / 260.0 cu in, 65.6 kW / 88.0 hp / 88.0 hp @ 3000 rpm / 3000 rpm / 3000 rpm, manual 3-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 132 km/h / 82 mph / 82 mph top speed

2-door
2-seat
S8 32v 6.9L DOHC M-3
238.6 kW / 320.0 hp / 320.0 hp        
   

Duesenberg SJ (1932)

2-door 2-seater fixed-head coupé, 8-cylinder 32-valve straight (inline) engine, DOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam), 6876 cm3 / 419.6 cu in / 419.6 cu in, 238.6 kW / 320.0 hp / 320.0 hp @ 4750 rpm / 4750 rpm / 4750 rpm, manual 3-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 209 km/h / 130 mph / 130 mph top speed

  
  
S8 16v 6.9L         
236.0 kW / 316.5 hp / 316.5 hp        
   

Duesenberg SJ (1940)

petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 16-valve straight (inline) engine, 6882 cm3 / 420.0 cu in / 420.0 cu in, 236.0 kW / 316.5 hp / 316.5 hp @ 4700 rpm / 4700 rpm / 4700 rpm

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