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1933 Duesenberg Twenty Grand, The Franklin Mint
Own a classic from the Golden Age of Automobiles. Wow, What a Duesy!
The most luxurious Duesenberg ever, the world knew it as the 20 Grand. For in 1933, it had the bold price tag of $20,000—far beyond the reach of the millions who first saw it at the Chicago World’s Fair. Today, its value would be in the millions. Now, the most elegant Duesy ever can be yours—in the form of this sensational die-cast replica.
Handcrafted with 148 separate parts, it’s authentic to the smallest detail—from the famed Duesy hood ornament to the genuine instrument panels with full array of switches, gauges and levers. Painted a posh champagne silver, it’s a certified classic, just like the original.
The year is 1933. In Chicago, crowds gather at the Century of Progress Exposition, a World's Fair unlike any other. There, the future is presented to a nation weary of its depression and finding relief in the presentation of better times to come. As visitors flock to the Travel and Transportation Building, they are mesmerized by the stunning 1933 Duesenberg SJ. This motor car is not only the most luxurious Duesenberg ever built, it is also the most expensive. And its price would also become the motor car's namesake—the Duesenberg "Twenty Grand".
Built expressly for the World’s Fair in Chicago, the "Twenty Grand" would steal the show as millions shared in the aura of grandeur and wealth that surrounded such a car. Even the colour, described as metallic platinum, suggested the sterling quality of such a machine, and perhaps indirectly, pointed toward a silver lining on the black cloud of the Depression.
Chief designer, Gordon Buehrig, designed the "Twenty Grand:, adapting several of the earlier coach styles, and the noted coach-builder Rollston Body Company, made the design a reality. With polished stainless steel tubing covering the exposed exhaust pipes, and an aerodynamically slanted windscreen, the luxurious "Twenty Grand" exuded a feeling of speed, as well as grandeur. Its long and sleek lines, uninterrupted by superfluous extravagance, elegantly belied the power that lay under the bonnet—a 320-horsepower supercharged engine that was claimed to have pushed the machine to speeds as high as 130 miles per hour.
The power and elegance that were revealed by the exterior were complemented by the sumptuousness of the interior. The "armchair" type seats were upholstered in broadcloth bounded with silver patent leather. Instrument panels, in the front and back seats, were panelled in two-tone burl walnut with silver inlay.
Only one was ever built. And perhaps a car as unparalleled as the 1933 Duesenberg SJ "Twenty Grand" should be alone in its class. Today it is part of the Merle Norman Beauty Collection in the San Sylmar Museum where it is on exhibition.
The Duesenberg name connoted quality and style. The 1933 Duesenberg SJ connoted more than that—it was a machine of dreams, of fantasies, of "Twenty Grand".
•Engine: DOHC Straight-8
•Displacement: 420 Cubic Inches
•Horsepower: 320 BHP @ 4,750
•Suspension: Semi-Elliptic Leaf Spring, Front and Rear
•Induction System: Stromberg Carburetor with Centrifugal Supercharge
•Wheelbase: 153.5 Inches (Long)
•Fuel Tank: 26.5 Gallons
•Transmission: Warner 3-Speed
•Brakes: Hydraulic, 4 Wheel
•Top Speed: 130 MPH
•Re-created in authentic 1:24 scale
•Full array of operating features
•Genuine wood paneling
•Hand-assembled from 148 parts
1933 Duesenburg J Victoria Limited Edition, Franklin Mint
A bold statement of luxury and grand touring, this custom-bodied Duesenberg was the hit of the Paris Salon when it first appeared in 1932. Often the car of choice among the Hollywood elite, Duesenbergs represented the finest in American cars. Trimmed with high-contrasting ivory interior against royal metallic luster red paint, this stunning Duesenberg is the pinnacle of automotive art and fashion.
As with all great cars, there are always great stories. For Duesenberg, there are not only great stories but personalities associated with one of the finest automobiles of the 20th century. These stories remind us of the magnificence of the designers, builders and patrons of these fine cars.
In 1932, all of France was stunned as the special-bodied Fernandez and Darrin Duesenberg appeared at the Paris Salon. Fernandez had been a well-known coachbuilder with European designs to his credit, and Howard "Dutch" Darrin had made significant inroads in both U.S. and European markets with his firm, Hibbard and Darrin. In 1931, Darrin dissolved his partnership with Hibbard and began working with Fernandez. One of their first major European contributions to the world of coachbuilt automobiles was built on a stunning, long-wheelbase 1932 Duesenberg Model J chassis.
Resplendent in metallic red with contrasting ivory interior trim and featuring an elegant three-position landau roof, this Duesenberg would later be made in two (perhaps three) otherconfigurations from 1932 through 1933. At some point in the history of these rare cars, a two-toned blue and black car became attributed to movie star Greta Garbo. Although she persisted in denying this, the legend of the Garbo Duesenberg continued as part of the mystique of this illusive actress. Some speculated that her denial of the car was due in part to not wanting to be recognized as she was driven in it. The Garbo mystery could very well be due in part to her friendship with French film star Suzy Vernon, who owned and was pictured many times with the blue and black Model J Duesenberg known as the "Garbo." Some speculate that this is how the legend began.
Today, both cars are regarded as some of the finest coachbuilt cars ever built upon a Duesenberg chassis. The original Paris Salon car has been fully restored to original condition and is currently in a private collection. The Franklin Mint is proud to present the original Paris Salon 1933 Duesenberg Model J Victoria with coachwork by Fernandez and Darrin just as it appeared in 1932 in its original paint and trim scheme.
Limited Edition of 1,500 worldwide
•Engine: Eight cylinders, in-line
•Horsepower: 265 hp @ 4,200 rpm
•Displacement: 420 cubic inches
•Suspension: Semi-elliptic springs, front and rear
•Induction System: Duplex carburetor with dual intake manifolds
•Wheelbase: 153.5 inches
•Transmission: 3-speed and reverse
•Brakes: Hydraulic drum
•Fuel Tank: 26.5 gallons
•Doors: The doors of your 1933 Duesenberg Model J Victoria are hinged at the rear and open to a 45-degree angle.
•Hood: The upper hood panel will swing open about 90 degrees on the piano-type hinge.
•wheels: The wheels on your model are designed to roll.
•Spare Tires: The spare tires on your 1933 Duesenberg Model J Victoria have been permanently affixed and cannot be removed.
•Spotlight: The spotlight is permanently affixed and is non-removable.