100 Cars That Changed History

tn_38-1024px-Duesenberg_Model_J_Derham_Tourster_(1933)_front_leftDuesenberg Model J Derham Tourster (1933) front left” by Magnus BäckOwn work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.


38. Duesenberg Model J 1928-1937 United States/United Kingdom

The Model J was a luxury vehicle manufactured by Duesenberg in 1928. It was designed to be the biggest, fastest, most expensive vehicle of its day. The supercharged Model J’s power output of 320hp and top speed of 104mphs were astonishing for its time. It was a story of short lived greatness, however. E.L. Cord bought the Duesenberg Motor Company in 1926 and commissioned Fred Duesenberg to build his dream car. In 1928 the car debuted, and in 1929 the stock market crashed; the Great Depression had begun. By 1937 E.L. Cord’s fortune was gone and Duesenberg, Inc. shut its doors. Recently Duesenberg’s have been auctioned off for as much as $4.5 million.


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