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1935 Duesenberg JN Rollston Cabriolet | by Sicnag
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1935 Duesenberg JN Rollston Cabriolet

At the turn of the last century, Iowa bicycle makers August and Fred Duesenberg tinkered with gasoline engines and by 1913 Duesenberg Automobile Motors was manufacturing cars.

A Duesenberg became the first Indianapolis 500 winner to average over 100 miles per hour. Duesenberg also became the first American car to win the coveted LeMans French Grand Prix.

In 1922 Duesenberg started producing luxury automobiles, E.L.Cord bought the company in 1925, they produced three models before folding in 1937;

The 1921-27 Model A, 90hp 260 cu in 8 cyl. Only 650 Model As were built

The 1926-27 Model X, 100hp 260 cu in 8 cyl, longer wheelbase than the Model A, only 13 were built

The 1928-37 Model J, 265hp 260, the SJ was the supercharged version with 320hp, the SSJ on a shorter wheelbase, the JN with Rollston body. A total of 481 were built.

The Model JN was set on the chassis rails for a lower look. It also had skirted fenders and bullet-shaped taillights.

Only 10 JNs were built, 4 were these Cabriolets, the first going to Clark Gable. This car is the only Supercharged JN and has only covered 16500 miles.

Photographed at the Gilmore Museum, Michigan

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Taken on May 1, 2014