While visiting the Martin Auto Museum in Phoenix, I was intrigued by this 1930 Duesenberg Model J. Before I get into the specifics of this car, I want to talk a little bit about the history of Duesenberg and what makes them so special.
The Best of the Best
When it comes to prewar American cars, Duesenberg stands out from other manufacturers like a golden thumb. They built outrageously expensive cars for the fabulously wealthy. A completed Duesenberg cost between $13,000 and $19,000 at a time when the average U.S. physician earned less than $3,000 a year. That same car would cost $258,134.54 car in 2012 dollars!
After their earlier Model A and Model X, Duesenberg set out to build a car that would compete with the most powerful and luxurious cars from Europe. Known as the Model J, this car represented the finest in American crafstmanship, engineering, and elegance.