Like most luxury and expensive machines of the time, the Duesenberg SJ came only as a rolling chassis to which the customer would add their choice of coachbuilt body. Fred Deusenberg pushed for quality and durability and the frame consisted of strong 8-inch (203mm) deep rails with vacuum-assisted four-wheel brakes with aluminium brake shoes and a variable effort dash lever for dry to icy roads. Aluminium was, in fact, used where possible because at 20ft (6m) long the car needed as many weight-saving measures as it could get. The engine was the most powerful in production in the world at the time and made the supercharged version of the SJ one of the fastest road cars available. In 1935 A.B. Jenkins averaged 135mph (216km/h) on a 24-hour Bonneville run and clocked a 160mph (258km/h) top speed. Sadly Duesenberg never knew, as he died driving one of his SJsinl932.
Duesenberg SJ (1932) Specifications
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