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It’s a Duesy – Duesenberg’s at the Lyon Air Museum

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.

Duesenberg emblem

Duesenberg Dolores del Rio

Some of the beauties in the exhibit include:

Duesenberg coupe
 1929 Model J Disappearing Top Torpedo Convertible Coupe


Duesenberg Phaeton
 1929 Model J LeBaron Phaeton
Duesenberg Phaeton Annie
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.


Duesenberg Town Car Dolores del Rio
 Dolores Del Rio’s 1932 Duesenberg SJ Murphy Town Car
Duesenberg Town Car Dolores del Rio


Duesenberg interior Dolores del Rio
Dolores Del Rio’s view from her Town Car.  Rather like my view from Greta Garbo’s gold compact.


Duesenberg interior


Duesenberg Speedster
1931 Model J Weymann “Taper Tail” Speedster


Duesenberg Coupe
 1931 SJ Murphy Convertible Coupe


Duesenberg Convertible Victoria
1931 Model J Fernandez and Darrin Convertible Victoria
Once owned by Indian and Nepalese royalty


Duesenberg Speedster
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.

Duesenberg Brake Light


Duesenberg engine


Duesenberg dashboard


Duesenberg hood ornament Dolores del Rio


Duesenberg hood ornament


Duesenberg grill


Duesenberg dashboard


Duesenberg engine


Duesenberg dashboard

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.

Lyon Air Museum

Lyon Air Museum
19300 Ike Jones Road
Santa Ana, CA


6 comments so far.

6 responses to “It’s a Duesy – Duesenberg’s at the Lyon Air Museum”

  1. Mr. Tiny says:

    This is so close to home; I must go! It is so hard to choose a favorite. I think it's a toss-up between the two speedsters! Beautiful photos!

    • Don't go on a hot day or go early in the morning. There's no air in there. It was toasty! Thanks for the photo compliment. It was actually hard to take the pictures because they are so shiny. I kept getting myself reflected in them.

  2. Fashionista says:

    So that's where the saying "it's a duesy/doozey" might have evolved from. It might not as well, but I'm going to add it to my word nerd trivia bank!

    Lovely photos, thank you for sharing.

  3. Breathtaking rides! One can't help but feel looking at these luxurious yesteryear vehicles, that a uniform bedecked driver with a British accent should be on hand to pose with. 🙂

    ♥ Jessica

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