1933 Duesenberg Other for sale $1,100,000

1933 Duesenberg Other $1,100,000
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Price: $1,100,000
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Location: St. Louis, MO
Details: The glamorous life of travel high fashion and social status in the 1920s and ‘30s required a gusher of money. Gatsby-esque wealth was made by individual business tycoons handed down as old money royalty movie stars or those who had simply been fortunate enough to marry into a family that allowed a life of extravagance. Among the vacation houses and resorts a definite social requirement of the upper echelon was to have the finest bespoke automobiles in their carriage houses.Finest among those automobiles was the Duesenberg Model J. Each one was built to special order for the most discriminating owners embodying all the features and principals which made the name Duesenberg synonymous with the utmost in quality. Largely recognized in period as the world’s finest automobile the new Duesenberg Model J had at its core a massive 420-cid 265 horsepower dual overhead camshaft straight eight-cylinder engine. Under E.L. Cord’s management Fred Duesenberg’s masterpiece delivered otherworldly performance that no other car of the time could match.  With double the horsepower of any other motorcar of the era it equally outclassed all others in smoothness ease of handling riding quality comfort longevity and luxury. No other car of this Classic era was considered so easy to handle or so pleasant to drive nor did any other car have as much horsepower or ease of performance.  Its speed not even closely approached by others that had been considered fast was merely the inevitable byproduct of Duesenberg’s aim to build superfine cars with wholly unmatched performance and extraordinary durability. Duesenberg proclaimed an unswerving devotion to one ideal:“To produce the best forgetful of cost or expediency or any other consideration. A Duesenberg definitely excels every other automobile in the world in every way.”It has been said that the most distinctive of all Duesenbergs are the few exclusive models that were assembled by the great European coachbuilders; amongst them you will find Letourneur and Marchand Hibbard and Darrin Fernandez and Darrin Saoutchik Figoni Graber Van den Plas and Franay of Paris. Given their unparalleled stature Duesenbergs bodied in Europe received the coachbuilders’ most extravagant and beautiful designs. This stunning example crafted by Jean-Baptiste Franay is no exception and its amazing appeal is only rivaled by the air of mystery intrigue and excitement surrounding its first owner; Mabel Boll who was known as Countess Proceri by the time she took delivery of her magnificent Duesenberg J.The daughter of a Rochester bartender Mabel Boll was widely known in her day as the “Queen of Diamonds” for she loved not only to purchase jewels but to flaunt them publicly. A natural beauty her first job was selling cigars in a Rochester bar until she married businessman Robert Scott in 1909 and was well on her way to the top of the social ladder. In 1922 she married again to a Colombian coffee magnate Hernando Rocha who presented her with more than $1 million in jewels and a 46.57-carat emerald-cut diamond bearing her name. Boll collected nicknames like she collected jewelry: in 1921 she was hailed by newspapers as Broadways most beautiful blonde. When she married the Colombian coffee king in 1922 the press referred to her as the $250000-a-day bride. The Queen of Diamonds moniker became popular as she often appeared in public wearing much of her jewelry. It was said that the rings she wore on her left hand alone were worth more than $400000 which would equate to approximately $5 million in todays dollars. In April 1931 Time magazine recorded the marriage of Mabel “Queen of Diamonds” Boll to Count Henri de Porceri who was born in Poland and became a U.S. citizen. They were married in Paris and traveled extensively. In early 1934 the Countess acquired Duesenberg J-365 wearing this fabulous and distinct Sunroof Berline body by Franay.According to Ray Wolffe the well-respected late Auburn Cord Duesenberg historian this chassis was