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Duesenberg: The Pursuit of Perfection

Roe, Fred

ISBN 10: 0901564370 / ISBN 13: 9780901564375
Published by Dalton Watson 2nd printing, London, 1986
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294 p., photos, illus, appendices, large 8vo; VG/VG dust jacket, dust jacket spine very lightly sunned. Bookseller Inventory # 57373

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Title: Duesenberg: The Pursuit of Perfection

Publisher: Dalton Watson 2nd printing, London

Publication Date: 1986

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

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Duesenberg Automobile & Motors Company, Inc. (sometimes referred to as "Duesy") was an American manufacturer of luxury automobiles. Founded in Des Moines, Iowa, United States by brothers August Duesenberg and Frederick Duesenberg, the company's principal place of operations moved to Auburn, Indiana. Duesenberg was active in various forms from 1913 to 1937. In 1913, brothers Frederick and August Duesenberg founded Duesenberg Automobile & Motors Company, Inc. on 915 Grand Avenue in Des Moines, Iowa, to build sports cars. Born in 1876 and 1879 respectively in Kirchheide[1] (Lemgo), Germany, the two brothers were self-taught engineers and built many experimental cars. Duesenberg cars were considered some of the very best cars of the time, and were built entirely by hand. In 1914, Eddie Rickenbacker drove a "Duesy" to finish in 10th place at the Indianapolis 500, and a Duesenberg won the race in 1924, 1925, and 1927. The fledgling company sidestepped into aviation engine manufacturing when Colonel R.C. Bolling and his commission acquired a license to produce the Bugatti U-16 for the U.S. military aviation. The end of World War I stopped this project before it could ever mature. In 1923, drivers at Indianapolis 500 used Duesenbergs as pace cars. In 1921, Jimmy Murphy became the first American to win the French Grand Prix when he drove a Duesenberg to victory at the Le Mans racetrack.

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