1924 Duesenberg A Speedster

1924 Duesenberg A Speedster

This 1924 Duesenberg Model A Speedster by Brandfon is powered by an 88 bhp, 260 cu. in. SOHC inline eight-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, tubular front axle, live rear axle, longitudinal semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic brakes on a 105 inch wheelbase chassis. The car was build by Benny Brandfon for the 1931 Indianapolis 500 and later restyled into a road car.<br /> <br /><span> During the “junk formula” years of the Indianapolis 500, when rules were skewed towards cars built with modified production engines. Some surprising privateers jumped into the fray, among these was Benjamin “Benny” Brandfon. In the late 1920s Brandfon acquired an original Duesenberg Model A touring car, with the goal of building out of it a racing car to run at Indy. The car was taken to Indianapolis for the 1931 running of the 500, and in practice it ran at 101 mph, but did not qualify, Brandfon’s Duesenberg Indy Car languished through the early post-war years, until, its now-retired owner converted his onetime Brickyard competitor into a street machine. Of the numerous Duesenberg “race cars” in existence, this dual-personality runabout has to be among the most engaging.

1924 Duesenberg A Speedster

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