1913 - 1937

Duesenberg

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Duesenberg, an emblem of American automotive heritage, epitomizes the zenith of early 20th-century engineering and luxury. Founded by brothers Fred and August Duesenberg in 1913 in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the brand quickly distinguished itself through innovation and excellence. The Duesenberg vehicles, notably the Model A, introduced in 1921, were America’s first production cars to feature straight-eight engines and four-wheel hydraulic brakes, setting benchmarks for automotive performance and safety.

The marque’s reputation soared with the Model J, unveiled in 1928, a symbol of opulence that became the darling of Hollywood elite and European royalty. Each Model J was a bespoke masterpiece, often coachbuilt by renowned body makers, commanding prices and respect rivaling that of Rolls-Royce.

However, despite their engineering prowess and the prestige of the Duesenberg name, the Great Depression took its toll. The company ceased production in 1937, leaving behind a legacy of some of the most coveted collector cars in the world. Today, Duesenbergs are celebrated at prestigious car shows and auctions, continuously setting records for their craftsmanship and the romantic era they represent, but the brand itself has not produced new models since its pre-war days.

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