For yesterday’s photo challenge, I introduced a classic car by name (and by its front), a Duesenberg. Wikipedia has this to offer as their opening to a much longer article:
Duesenberg Motors Company (sometimes referred to as “Duesy”) was an American manufacturer of race cars and luxury automobiles. It was founded by brothers August and Frederick Duesenberg in 1913 in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where they built engines and race cars. The brothers moved their operations to Elizabeth, New Jersey in 1916 to manufacture engines for World War I. In 1919, when their government contracts were cancelled, they moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, home of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and established the Duesenberg Automobile and Motors Company, Inc. (Delaware). In late 1926, E.L. Cord added Duesenberg to his Auburn Automobile Company. With the market for expensive luxury cars severely undercut by the Depression, Duesenberg folded in 1937.
I spotted this beauty early one morning while waiting for Daughter #1 to arrive at O’Hare Airport from California. Instead of the cell phone lot, I always pull off at O’Hare Plaza, just off the interstate, where lots of others, including livery drivers, park and wait. This morning, I went inside to wait and was well-rewarded for my efforts. Although surrounded by “Do Not Touch” and “Under Continual Surveillance” signs, the elegant, classic lines shown through effortlessly. I believe this is a Duesenberg J, although whether real or a reproduction such as the one in this link (lots of photos), I don’t know. I also didn’t care; I just enjoyed!
I think we’d need a longer garage to house this baby.
These were the days when a car trunk was actually a trunk!
The distinctive “bowtie” style front bumper. Could be a mustache, too, don’t you think?
No hunting around for the spare tire or one of those little space-saver doughnut spare tires so popular today!
While some think the word “doozy”, something outstanding or unique, comes from Duesdenber, Merriam Webster bursts our bubble:
While it’s often maintained that the word doozy derives from the “Duesenberg” in the name of the famed Duesenberg Motor Company, this is impossible on chronological grounds. Doozy was first recorded (in the form dozy) in eastern Ohio in 1916, four years before the Duesenberg Motor Company began to manufacture passenger cars; the related adjective doozy, meaning “stylish” or “splendid,” is attested considerably earlier, in 1903. So where did doozy come from? Etymologists believe that it’s an altered form of the word daisy, which was used especially in the late 1800s as a slang term for someone or something considered the best.
That may be, but to me, this car is certainly a doozy!