I have always been fascinated with vintage cars - they bring a memory of what the auto industry like before there were Nissan car bras and things like that. One thing I love about vintage cars is that they never seem to be outdated. Sure, they may not have what it takes to catch up with modern cars such as BMWs and Porsches or even a Honda Accord with performance parts like a Jet Chips cold air intake system, but in the way that they look, even the sleek Bugatti Veyron cannot a hold a candle to vintage cars.
I am most fascinated with Duesenbergs because they have always been a personal favorite since I’ve seen pictures of them when I was still a child. That is why I grew up looking for museums where these timeless classics are now housed. Then I came across this piece of news online which told me that there is a Duesenberg Museum in Northeast Indiana. The haven for these Duesenbergs has just recently celebrated their recognition as a National Historic Landmark.
Congressman Mark Souder of Indiana’s third district has this to say during the celebration at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum: “Because of its art-decco show room, because of its design center, because of the National Truck and Automotive Museum, it’s considered the premiere example of any auto facility in America. This is a tremendous compliment to Auburn.”
As we’re on the subject of Duesenbergs, I would like to share some interesting facts about my favorite vintage car. According to Wikipedia:
- Jay Leno owns multiple Duesenberg SJ’s, one of which is Murphy-bodied.
- In the musical Annie the character Daddy Warbucks has a line ordering his butler to get the Duesenberg ready.
- Likewise, in the musical High Society, Bing Crosby’s character comments on something being ‘a doozy.’
- On the television show The Simpsons, Mr. Burns’ car is a Duesenberg, model unspecified.
- In the novel Pimp: The Story of My Life, the author witnesses a pimp by the name "Sweet Jones" riding in the backseat of a Duesenberg
So if you are like me - a person very much drawn to Duesenbergs - you may want to visit the museum yourself. For more information about the museum, check out this site.