Model A Coupe and Sedan

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16 Nov 2013 10:52 #26288 by 61xlch
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There are 2 interesting Model A for sale:

http://www.legendarymotorcar.com/site2/ ... ors-coupe/

http://www.significantcars.com/cars/1925duesenberg/

I like the description at Significant Cars, describing the Model A as the true Duesenberg, compared to the Model J as E.L.Cords Duesenberg. As I am working at a Model A Roadster these days, I agree with that partly, because every technical detail breathes the spirit of the Duesenberg brothers. Only because of the unflashy design the Model A is still underrated.

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16 Nov 2013 19:45 #26290 by Bob Roller
Bob Roller replied the topic: Model "A" Duesenbergs
E.L.Cord had a flair for the spectacular and the "A" simply didn't have it.
The size,performance and appearance he wanted were not there and the "J" was certainly the fulfillment of his dream car.The "A" no doubt was simpler and should never be disparaged in any way but it didn't turn heads and Cord knew better than most that packaging sells the product.If he couldn't be the biggest maker then he went to what he had and the "J" certainly set the Detroit crowd back for a long time. They took 30 years to build a car that was faster and these cars were tinny,noisy and had little or no character and were dangerous at high speeds due to poor brakes and steering. I am glad E.L.Cord came along because his legacy is a revered relic of a time long gone but not forgotten.

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16 Nov 2013 21:18 #26291 by 61xlch
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I agree 100% with Bob. I have very deep respect for E.L. Cord.
The J and the A models simply show the difference between E.L. and the brothers. If you are looking for the spirit of Fred and Augie, you can find it in the A. The brothers didnt care too much for the design of the body, as most other manufacturers did in the early 20ies. They just built a car with the best known materials and advanced construction details. All the technical details at the model A are made also by high aesthetic standards, comparable to Bugatti engines.
E.L. Cord was the man who combined these skills with a really great design of the body. And the outer appearance of a car is what counts in the show room. In general in the 30ies the cars appearence changed from coal case to stream lining.

Andy
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17 Nov 2013 00:11 #26292 by Bob Roller
Bob Roller replied the topic: Duesenberg A&amp;J
Andy,
Viele Grusse aus Amerika senden Dir.Ein Berliner? Ost oder West?
There is no reason you can't give an opinon on a car whose actual
roots were "Aus Deutschland".

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17 Nov 2013 08:29 #26293 by 61xlch
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Bob, I ve been born in East Berlin, but its been at least 10 years ago somebody asked me the question: East or West? Fortunatly these times are gone and now we are just from Berlin. But when I was a young man in the late 80ies (I drove the "famous" Trabant Car from East Germany) I never allowed myself to dream about talking about Duesenbergs with US-Americans 25 years later. Its still amazing... :)

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17 Nov 2013 17:22 #26294 by Bob Roller
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Andy,
I have a friend in Mayen/Hausen,Helmt Mohr who has a Trabant and I think he is in a "Verrein"of some kind that gets together with these cars.One picture he sent me showed one with a sleeping arrangement he called the Hotel Sachsenhausen. Helmut has a machine shop powered by the Nette River and he makes fine muzzle loading target rifles and flintlock pistols.
I have made a number of locks for these guns over the years and still have more to do for him. He called the Trabi a Witzmobile.

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