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Four of the hyper-rare cars likely to force their way into the top 10 most expensive cars ...

Once a year, the world's most monied automotive enthusiasts converge on California's Monterey Peninsula for a week-long festival of automotive celebration, culminating in the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. This year, the accompanying rare car auctions look set to provide some major entertainment. We look at the main cars slated to cross the auctioneers block and the state of the collectible car market with analysis of the top 100 most valuable cars sold at auction.  Read More

The L-29 Special was designed and built specifically for international show competition at...

When the Great Depression claimed E.L. Cord’s industrial empire, the Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg marques went with it. The Cord L-29 was perhaps one of the most distinctive cars ever produced, thanks to the extra long bonnet necessitated by the straight eight engine and front-wheel-drive system. Though cloaked in various bodies, the long low lines of the L-29 are unmistakeable. The world's best known Cord, winner of countless awards, fell under the auctioneers hammer yesterday, and sold for a record US$2.42 million. Great piccies.  Read More

1930 Duesenberg Model J Sport Berline by Murphy

The excellence embodied by Duesenberg automobiles gave us the expression "It's a doozy"... and this one certainly is. The 1930 Duesenberg Model J Sport Berline sold for a touch over US$1.7 million at the 12th annual RM Auctions Automobiles of Amelia Island auction in Florida last weekend. A second 1932 Convertible Coupe Model J fetched $825,000 in an auction that saw four cars break the million dollar barrier.  Read More

Pre-war classic and modern muscle added to auction list

December 3, 2007 We've covered several of the automotive masterpieces set to star in the upcoming Barrett Jackson auction such as the rare 1935 Rolls Royce Phantom II and the one-off 1963 Ford Thunderbird “Italien” concept car, now news of more noteworthy additions including a ‘33 Duesenberg J Dual Cowl Phaeton and a 2008 Concept ‘Cuda.  Read More

It’s a Doozy

August 11, 2006 “It’s a doozy” is an expression that is still commonplace today, though it originated in the 1920s reflecting the awe with which the public regarded the American-built Duesenberg automobile. Beginning with a win in the first major post WW1 European Grand Prix, the Duesenberg brothers went on to build exquisite luxury machinery for the USA’s wealthiest people and the brand became commonly regarded in the United States as the world’s finest, hence the expression. With famous automotive marques such as Maybach and Bugatti being returned to the marketplace as modern interpretations of their glorious forebears, it’s hardly a surprise to hear that another landmark automotive name is to be relaunched. In the meantime, we came across this remarkable example of a 1930 Duesenburg Model J, one-off Arlington style long wheelbase body, which will be one of the feature cars to be auctioned off in January 2007 at the Scottsdale Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event. The Model J flagship has a 265hp motor and would have cost around US$25,000 when it was built, making it the ultimate badge of success. Duesenburg ran simple adverts which played on this theme – no imagery of the cars ran in the adverts which simply stated “He drives a Duesenburg.” Nice detail piccies.  Read More

Duesenberg Automobiles to be reborn

May 26, 2005 The time-honoured superlative expression "It's a doozy" that became part of the vocabulary of every American originated in the 1920s when the American built Duesenberg automobile was considered the epitome of excellence. Beginning with a win in the first major post WW1 European Grand Prix, Duesenberg went on to build exquisite luxury machinery for the wealthiest people in the land and became commonly regarded in the United States as the world’s finest motor car. With famous automotive marques such as Maybach and Bugatti being returned to the marketplace as modern interpretations of their glorious forebears, it’s hardly a surprise to hear that another landmark automotive name is to be relaunched.  Read More

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