Iconic 1935 Duesenberg Model JN Convertible sedan sold for record $1.34 million
Luxury vintage vehicles usually command a high price when they are sold via auctions but a 1935 Duesenberg Model JN Convertible sedan has become an epitome of opulence. The model was recently sold for a whopping $1.34 million ( ₹9.9 crore approx) via online auction company - Bring A Trailer, in US' Indiana.
The Duesenberg model reportedly broke the record of the most expensive auction for the company. The previous record was held by a 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, which sold for $1,234,567 ( ₹9.1 crore approx) in June 2019.
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Founded in 1913, Duesenberg's cars were among the world's most elite vehicles for a brief period in automotive history. The sold vehicle is just one out of 10 Duesenbergs that were upgraded to the JN model and only one of the three with a coachbuilt convertible sedan body manufactured by Rollston. However, Duesenberg couldn't continue building these vehicles post 1937 when the US was still reeling under the effects of the Great Depression.
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The Model JN Convertible sedan features a 420 cubic-inch (6.9-litre) Lycoming inline-eight engine that generates 265 horsepower (198 kilowatts) - an extraordinary figure for the mid-1930s. The engine is mated to a three-speed Manual Transmission. As for aesthetics, the vintage vehicle's exterior has been done in dark blue and it features a soft top of the same colour. The interior features red leather upholstery on both front and rear benches. Interior features include a marble shift knob, crank windows, dual electric windshield wipers, and a rear robe cord.
The vehicle features short-wheelbase with 17-inch wire wheels which wear body-color steel covers with chrome trim rings and Duesenberg center cap. Matching spare wheels are mounted in hard cases on both front fenders. The vehicle gets dual side-mount spares, spotlights and driving lamps.
Along with the Duesenberg vehicle, the new owner also gets documentation details of its ownership history including old photos of the car.