Duesenberg J, Le Baron Convertible (1929)
In 1913, brothers Fred and August Duesenberg created a race car company, which was named after them. The vehicles had great technical and mechanical quality and, as many other brands at the time, they were assembled manually, which brought them a great reputation. Nonetheless, when they decided to sell a passenger car, the model A, sales were low and the company entered financial colapse. That's when it was bought by Errett Lobban Cord, owner of the brands Cord and Auburn, whose goal was to produce luxury cars. Then, in 1929, potent motors started coming out of the assembly lines: the Duesenberg J was about to become the most fabulous of all American cars.
Duesenberg J, La Grande Dual Cowl Phaeton (1929)
Duesenberg J, Imperial Cabriolet (1930)
The model was produced until 1937, the year when the company ceased production. During these few years, countless versions were created, mostly on demand, each more luxurious and powerful than the other. The company's clients were necessarily wealthy, people connected to movies, politics and other highly profitable activities, such as statesmen, noblemen and even mob bosses. You didn't "buy" a Duesenberg; You usually bought the chassis, which was later customized according to the customer's every whim. Just so you have an idea, while the Ford T was under $300, Duesenberg J's chassis alone was about $8500 and the entire vehicle could cost over $15000.
The high power, typical of these motors, were achieved thanks to the use of compressors, and it had to be so in order to move the heavy car body, some weighing over 2500 Kg. In these versions, usually called SJ (S stands for Supercharged), the power would reach the 320 Hp and could make any of these cars reach the 225 Km/hour, exceptional for the time.
Duesenberg J, Speedster Weymann (1931)
Aside from its power, what gave the Duesenberg J its aura were the brand's car bodies. Professionals in this art, car tailors such as Bohman & Schwartz, Le Baron, Brunn, Murphy, Rollston or Weymann created the most beautiful cars ever seen, grand and shiny. It's ironic that this car appeared precisely during one of the darkest times in the USA's history, during the Great Depression, the Prohabition and organized crime. Maybe that's why, to this day, it is still connected with gangsters...
Duesenberg SJ, Boattail Speedster (1932)
Duesenberg SJ, Bohman & Schwartz Coupe (1932)
Duesenberg SJ, Twenty Grand (1933)
Duesenberg SJ, Mormon Meteor Speedster (1935)
Duesenberg SSJ (1936)