1931 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Victoria: The World’s Finest Motorcar?
Fred Duesenberg set out to build an automotive masterpiece. Its superlative engineering included a 265-horsepower engine that could push the car to a 116-mph top speed. Duesenberg built only 481 Model Js between 1928 and 1935. No two are identical because independent coachbuilders crafted each body to the buyer’s specifications. Is it the world’s finest? One thing is certain--the Model J will always be in the running.
Duesenberg ads associated the car with wealth and privilege. / THF101796, THF83515
These are a few of the many body styles offered in a 1930 catalog. But that was just a starting point--each car was customized to the owner’s taste. / THF83517, THF83518, THF83519
The Henry Ford’s Duesenberg has luggage designed to fit the trunk precisely. / THF90800
This post was adapted from an exhibit label in Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation.
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