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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.


The Exhibit

Some of the beauties in the exhibit include:

Duesenberg  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.

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

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

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Duesenberg 1931 SJ Murphy Convertible Coupe

DuesenbergA gorgeous 1931 Model J Fernandez and Darrin Convertible Victoria once owned by Indian and Nepalese royalty

Duesenberg1935 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.

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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


6 comments so far.


  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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