Duesenberg

  • Jay Leno's 1931 Duesenberg Model J chasis

    Duesenberg may have only been a blip along the automotive industry's vast timeline, but it left a lasting mark. And one of the car's the company was best known for is the latest to be featured at Jay Leno's Garage. It's a 1931 Duesenberg Model J...chassis. Leno explains that be bought the car without a body and has left it that way since. Duesenberg allowed customers to completely customize their cars and often showed vehicles without a body. Toward the end of the company's life, it often swapped different bodies onto the same chassis and called them "new." The Model J was the most powerful...

  • 1935 Duesenberg SSJ - Image via Gooding & Company
    This Duesenberg is the most expensive American car ever sold at auction

    Classic cars from European marques selling in the tens of millions will barely get an eyelid to bat these days, and soon that may be true of American cars, too, judging by the auction activity in Monterey, California over the weekend. A 1935 Duesenberg SSJ sold at a Gooding & Company auction on...

  • Duesenberg hot rod
    Rare Duesenberg hot rod visits Jay Leno's Garage

    Dave Blake is the owner of one very special car. It's a hot rod built in 1947 by brothers Hal and Bill Ulrich using a 1934 Ford Roadster chassis and a masterpiece of an engine lifted out of a Duesenberg. Despite being designed all the way back in 1928, the 7.0-liter inline-8 Duesenberg engine had...

  • Clark Gable's 1935 Duesenberg JN - image: Gooding & Company
    Gooding & Company To Sell Clark Gable's 1935 Dusenberg: Video

    When it comes to Hollywood stars, few were bigger than Clark Gable. While his early films (some silent) brought him recognition, it was his roles in “It Happened One Night,” “Mutiny On The Bounty” and “Gone With the Wind” that vaulted him to superstar status. In...

  • Leonardo DiCaprio at Odyssey of Pioneers launch
    Leonardo DiCaprio Drives $3 Million Duesenberg For Great Gatsby Role

    Leonardo DiCaprio and Toby Maguire are in Australia to work on a new film adaptation of The Great Gatsby. Part of their preparation included driving lessons in a $3 million 1929 Duesenberg J.

  • 1931 Deusenberg Model J Owned By George Whittell, Jr. At Gooding & Co. Pebble Beach Auction
    1931 Duesenberg Model J Owned By George Whittell, Jr. At Gooding & Co. Pebble Beach Auction

    George Whittell, Jr., was sort of the early 20th Century's male version of Paris Hilton--the son of a rich family, he never worked, instead spending his days with fast cars and equally fast women. One of his fantastic Duesenbergs is coming up for auction at the Gooding & Co. Pebble Beach event...

  • 1931 Duesenberg Model J

    There are rare cars, and there are really rare cars. A 1931 Duesenberg Model J would certainly qualify as the latter. In a story straight out of a car collector's fantasies, this particular model was discovered in New York City with just a few thousand miles on the clock (7,000 to be more precise). Apparently, the original owner's son tried to restore the car in the 1950s, but gave up and left it to sit. When Leno took ownership in 2005, the comedian and car nut completely restored the vehicle. According to Jay, when he got it, the Model J was the last unrestored, original Duesenberg. Leno...

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