1978 Duesenberg II Boat Tail Speedster

Duesenberg didn't survive the Great Depression, but the marque has enjoyed the most enduring and highly respected legacies of any American carmaker. The Duesenberg's quality, performance and elegance are so well known that it inspired its own phrase in American vernacular: 'It's a Duesy', a description of something exceptionally fine, rare and desirable. Attempts at a revival of this great automotive name were natural and were made sporadically in the years after the Second World War. The only one that found any real success, however, was the Duesenberg II, an extremely high quality re-creation that was produced by the Elite Heritage Motors Corporation in Elroy, Wisconsin. These cars used contemporary Ford or Lincoln underpinnings and were fitted with one of five body styles from the original Duesenberg J. Based on the original coachwork of some of the most distinguished Duesenbergs, these bodies are almost indistinguishable from the Indianapolis-built cars. When new thirty years ago, a Duesenberg II cost around $200,000. Even so, Elite Heritage Motors was still able to sell the cars as quickly as they could make them, which was slowly. It is believed that less than 100 were ever built. The meticulous care that went into their production, their high purchase price, their long waiting list and their rarity have all combined to make the Duesenberg IIs highly collectible automobiles in their own right and examples very rarely come up for sale in any condition or body style.

This 1979 Duesenberg II, chassis J102, is believed to be only the second example built and is a boattail speedster, the most attractive of the body styles offered. Finished in a two-tone maroon livery with a gold coachline, it has a tan cloth convertible top, radial wide whitewall tires, chrome radiator, Twilite headlamps, dual spotlights, dual horns, power steering, power brakes, air conditioning, its original AM radio, outside exhaust and an automatic transmission. Also included is the original sales brochure. An original and very well preserved example, it has had just two owners from new and shows only 45,000 actual miles on the odometer.

A magnificently appointed automobile with a phenomenal presence, it wears its original paint very well and needs nothing to be enjoyed to the fullest. The Duesenberg II offers all the style and elegance of the original Duesenberg with the added reliability and ease of maintenance afforded by its more modern running gear. There is no finer re-creation of the original Duesenberg, which is why these cars are so highly coveted. This very well kept genuine Duesenberg II is made all the more desirable by its glamorous boattail speedster bodywork.

It's a Deusy.

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