If you were a wealthy person in the Roaring Twenties ordering a new Duesenberg luxury car, this is more or less what you would get, a completed chassis with all mechanical components attached and operational. Then it was off to the coachbuilder to attach a body and interior, whether that meant a formal limousine, a sporty speedster or something in between.
The Pick of the Day is what the seller describes as a 1926 Duesenberg Model A show chassis that looks to be in as-new condition. This would present the opportunity to purchase a Duesy in the way that would have been done 91 years ago, with today’s buyer having a period-correct body created, or else leaving it as is to be shown and admired.
The seller, a dealer in St. Louis, Missouri, advertising the chassis on ClassicCars.com, does not provide much information about this unusual listing, except to say that the non-original seat is not included in the sale. The dealer does note that the chassis “runs and drives.”
In the extensive photo gallery with the ad, the dashboard picture shows the odometer reading nearly 7,800 miles, which seems like a lot for a car without a body.
The Model A was the first series of cars built by the Duesenberg brothers starting in 1921, with 1926 being the final year. Notably, that also was the year the company was purchased by the illustrious E.L. Cord, who funded the brothers’ creation of the ultimate Duesenberg, the Model J that commands seven-figure values among collectors today.
The Model A is considered a lesser car and has never reached such strong values, even though it does bear the magical Duesenberg brand. It is powered by the famous straight-8 engineered by the Duesenberg boys, and as can be seen from the photos, the various components were designed like gorgeous mechanical artwork.
The price for this blank-slate Duesenberg project – or unusual piece of garage art – is $95,900.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day