Gayle Anderson was live in Santa Ana at the Lyon Air Museum to see DUESENBERG: THE ENCORE EXHIBIT. They first arrived at the museum the Summer of 2011 and now they are back by popular demand.
Manufactured between 1928 and 1935, the ten automobiles on exhibit are compromised of not only the first serial numbered Model J Duesenberg but also the last, and the eight most unique examples in between.
These decadent one-of-a-kind automobiles were owned by the most influential people of the era, including many celebrities and highly successful businessmen. Among these ten “Duesies” previous owners include are: John J McCarthy – former president of the Cracker Jack Company; Otis Chandler – Los Angeles Times publisher; Sid Smith – Andy Gump Cartoonist; and Golden Age Hollywood actress Dolores Del Rio. Furthermore, one of the ten cars is a bit of a celebrity itself. The 1929 Model J Murphy Dual Cowl Phaeton was featured in the 1982 John Huston film “Annie.”
The Duesenberg brand of automobiles represents an innovative melding of American elegance, engineering and extravagance. No two cars are the same. They were custom built by E.L. Cord and Fred Duesenberg, hence the expression “It’s a Duesy.” They were the finest vehicles money could buy.
Duesenberg cars were built entirely by hand. In 1914, Eddie Richenbacker drove a “Duesy”to finish in 10th place at the Indianapolis 500. A Duesenberg won the race in 1924, 1925, and 1927. The company ceased production in 1937, but during its lifetime Duesenberg passenger cars were proudly owned by some of the wealthiest and most famous people the world over.
It is estimated that 378 of the 481 originally manufactured Duesenbergs are still on the road today.
The exhibition includes:
1929 Duesenberg Model J LeBaron Cowl Phaeton,
1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy Dual Cowl Phaeton,
1929 Duesenberg Model J LeBaron Phaeton,
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy Speedster,
1931 Duesenberg Model J Weymann “Taper Tail” Speedster,
1931 Duesenberg SJ Murphy Convertible Coupe,
1931 Duesenberg Model J Fernandez and Darrin Convertible Victorian,
1932 Duesenberg SJ Murphy Town Car,
1934 Duesenberg Model J Walk-La Grande Convertible Coupe,
1935 Duesenberg SJ Gurney Nutting Speedster
Hours of operation are daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission rates: General admission--$12; Seniors and Veterans--$9; Ages 5-17--$6; Under age 5--Free. Groups of 10 or more--$1 off each visitor. Pre-arranged school groups--Free.