A unique Duesenberg Model J Rollston Convertible of 1936 was put up for auction in the United States at Mecum. Luxurious convertible planned to sell for 2,5-2,75 million dollars – at the price of a new Bugatti Chiron. Details of the car are disclosed on the website of the auction house.
Duesenberg in the 30-yeas produced some of the most expensive and luxurious cars in the world – they competed with Rolls-Royce, Bentley, and Maybach. The Great Depression hit the company and this convertible with an exclusive Rollston atelier body became the last car produced by the brand.
The Duesenberg Model J, about 6 meters long, had a monumental design with convex wings – it was called a land dirigible. The interior was finished in leather and wood. The convertible is equipped with a huge 6.9-liter inline eight with 265 horsepower. It has a top speed of 185 km/h.
The convertible was created for participation in various car shows. It was then purchased by Coca-Cola president Conky Whitehead for $17,000 ($362,500 at today’s exchange rate). It changed owners several times in the postwar era and underwent a restoration in 1990. The car has won numerous awards at retro car shows and festivals.