While Rolls Royce garnered much praise for luxury motoring in Britain, it was Duesenberg who were top of the pile in the USA, though their machines were recognized and respected throughout Europe. The Model J was more than just a luxury car, as Duesenberg intended it to be a sporting drive for keen drivers. The engine was mighty, being a straight-eight cylinder with twin overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder, plus a mercury-filled crank damper which kept it smooth running while being incredibly powerful. The suspension was developed too and the company invented the phrase about its Duesenberg taking curves 'as though on rails'. For those people with the money to buy one but who got bored with the performance, there was always a supercharger kit which could boost power up to 320bhp (238kW), which filmstar Gary Cooper did to his SSJ roadster.
Duesenberg Model J (1929) Specifications
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