Duesenberg Automobile and Motors Corp. (1920-1925)
Duesenberg Motors Co. (1925-1929)
Duesenberg Inc. (1929-1937)
|This is a Duesenberg Model A radiator emblem (1922-1927) mjs|
Size: 133mm wide 50mm high MM: D L Auld
Fred S. Duesenberg was a bicycle maker in Iowa who filed for bankruptcy in 1903. He stayed in Iowa where the first car he designed and raced was the Mason. By 1913 Fred Duesenberg and his brother Augie had relocated to St. Paul, Minnesota to organise the Duesenberg Motor Company for the manufacture of auto and marine engines, including the four-cylinder engine used to power Duesenberg competition cars from 1914.
After the war the rights to the Duesenberg Four auto engine was sold to Rochester Motors Company and Fred Duesenberg started to develop a new eight-cylinder racing car engine. He had plans for a passenger car and, in 1920, the Duesenberg Automobile and Motors Corporation was established.
The prototype Model A Duesenberg was introduced at the Commodore Hotel in November 1920 but by then Fred Duesenberg had already decided to change and improve the engine design. The new Model A created a sensation but it was the 1922 model year before the car was available with the improved overhead camshaft engine. At the same time the Duesenberg continued to enjoy huge success in racing competitions.
Duesenberg emblems are much sought after by collectors.
|This is the radiator emblem on the Duesenberg that won the 1922 Indy 500 (1921) isam|
Beware, there are reproduction Duesenberg emblems like the radiator emblem shown above but with no maker's mark, including a Greenland style reproduction with two internally threaded studs and no maker's mark.
The Duesenberg Model J carried a smaller more discrete emblem on the nose of the radiator, see example below. This emblem is very rare, probably because so many of the Duesenberg Model J automobiles have survived.
|This is a Duesenberg Model J radiator emblem (1929-1937) mjs|
Size: 93mm wide 18mm high MM: D L Auld
The Model J continued to carry the larger Duesenberg emblem but on a backing plate attached to the firewall behind the engine, see example below. This emblem is also very rare.
|This is a Duesenberg Model J firewall emblem (1929-1937) mjs|
Size: 170mm wide 65mm high overall MM: D L Auld
The Duesenberg firewall emblem shown below is from a Duesenberg Model X and is extremely rare.
|This is a Duesenberg Model X firewall emblem (1927) mjs|
Size: 170mm wide 65mm high MM: D L Auld
The emblem shown below is a Duesenberg Model A hub emblem.