2016 Arizona Concours d’Elegance Delights Again

arizona-concours-2016The Arizona Concours d’Elegance returned to the Arizona Biltmore resort for its fourth consecutive year. Our team was on hand to cover the event, which took place on Sunday, January 24th, 2016. We would like to thank the Arizona Concours staff for giving us the opportunity to cover this wonderful show once again.

I have to say that having attended all of the previous events, the fourth annual Arizona Concours d’Elegance was the best yet! What began as a one-day show has now grown into a three-day event featuring panel discussions and special celebrity appearances.

Of course, one must also not forget about the cars! This year’s show featured 99 different vehicles representing all eras of automotive history, from an 1896 Benz Velo to a 1972 Ferrari. There were 16 different classes of vehicles, with a special class featuring the work of Carrozzeria Zagato, the famous Italian coachbuilder and design house founded in 1919. Continue reading

1930 Duesenberg Model J Torpedo Convertible

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.

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