The Duesenberg Model J, a pinnacle of the American Classic Era, emerged from the collaborative genius of Fred and August Duesenberg and the visionary E.L. Cord. Cord’s ambition to create the world’s finest car materialized in the Model J, famed for its twin-cam straight-eight engine and exceptional performance, reaching up to 110 mph. Not merely powerful, the Model J became a canvas for bespoke coachwork, commanding prices ranging from $15,000 to over $20,000, solidifying its status as the fastest and most expensive American car of its time.
The Model J’s legendary allure persisted into the 1950s, with used cars maintaining high regard and a devoted following. Today, it stands as one of the most coveted automobiles globally, celebrated at prestigious concours events.
Noteworthy among its craftsmen, New York’s Rollston distinguished itself with exquisite coachwork, particularly the Convertible Victoria—a four-passenger model with a convertible top seamlessly folding flush with the car’s beltline. This design, influenced by Waterhouse, highlighted the Model J’s sporting elegance. Rollston’s creations, with or without rear quarter windows, on short- and long-wheelbase chassis, epitomized superb proportions and exceptional engineering.