1934 Duesenberg / 195? Chrysler (Dec, 1952)
THE most fabulous American stock car ever manufactured was the incomparable Duesenberg Model J, a magnificent 265-horsepower job that could do 89 mph in second gear and 116 in high. Built strictly for the carriage trade that wanted and could pay for the very finest (the chassis cost $8,500; custom bodies ranged from $2,500 to $16,500), less than 500 of these great cars were made at the Indianapolis factory during the company’s short (1929-37) productive span. Yet so fantastic was the performance of these few automobiles (with a supercharger they could go 130 mph) and so luxurious and beautiful were their fine custom bodies created by the world’s foremost coachbuilders, that the name and fame of Duesenberg will live a long time.
Today, possession of a well-kept “Duesie” is an eagerly sought but seldom satisfied ambition of thousands of fanciers. One proud owner is John Gore of Ft. Wayne, Ind., shown on the opposite page with his 18-year-old phaeton.
NOBODY knows just when you and I will be able to walk into a Chrysler showroom and fork over a fistful of $1,000 bills for a duplicate of this lush convertible, the C-200, designed in Detroit and done up in great style by famed Italian bodybuilder Ghia. But the Chrysler people are exhibiting this experimental “sports-type” car all over the country and if enough of us, with enough dough, want to buy one, presumably we will get the chance—some day. Maybe.
Note the spring counterbalanced device for unlimbering the spare wheel easily.