The Duesenberg, a car known the world around as one of the finest of its era, was a symbol of style, class and money. Back in the 1920s and 1930s, wealthy businessmen and Hollywood royalty opted for these handmade, American-built sleek beauties. Given their rarity, you are likely to only see them if you happen by one at a concours d’elegance or get access to Jay Leno’s garage. However, if you hurry over to the Lyon Air Museum
, you will get the opportunity to see up close and personal several of these luxurious machines at a special exhibit, extended through September 7, 2015. The opportunity to see these elegant automobiles is truly a treat for the eyes.
Some of the beauties in the exhibit include:
1929 Model J LeBaron Phaeton
My favorite of the exhibit – 1929 Model J Murphy Dual Cowl Phaeton
Previous owners included Cracker Jack founder John McCarthy and J.B. Nethercutt;
it was used in the film Annie.
Dolores Del Rio’s 1932 Duesenberg SJ Murphy Town Car
1931 Model J Weymann “Taper Tail” Speedster
1931 SJ Murphy Convertible Coupe
A gorgeous 1931 Model J Fernandez and Darrin Convertible Victoria once owned by Indian and Nepalese royalty
1935 SJ Gurney Nutting Speedster
While looking at the sleek lines and luxurious appointments is a treat, looking at the details gives a little glimpse into how well-made these handmade, unique treasures are.
Next post, I’ll tell you a bit about the regular exhibits at the Lyon Air Museum, in case you venture by after the Duesenberg exhibit concludes. The museum is well worth a trip even if these fine cars are not in residence.
Lyon Air Museum
19300 Ike Jones Road
Santa Ana, CA