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  Duesenberg J Figoni Speedster
 

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Country of origin:United States
Produced in:1932
Numbers built:1
Designed by:Joseph Figoni
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:December 14, 2007
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Chassis: 2509 J-465
Featured is Figoni's Speedster, which incorporates all the swooping design elements that made him one of the highest respected designers of his day. Considering his racing background, it is quite amazing to note that the body was created from steel, instead of aluminium, which was used for almost all other Duesenberg bodies. Painted in a two-tone blue paintscheme, the car was delivered with French lights, no running boards and without a rear bumper.

To promote the stunning machine, Sadovich raced the car in the Paris-Nice rally. The actual destination of the rally was the Monaco Concours d'Elegance. On the French riviera the car was sold to a Peruvian playboy, who subsequently placed it first in the Cannes Concours d'Elegance. Since then, the Figoni Speedster has been dramatically altered with a new paintscheme, a replica Supercharger and the addition of bumpers. Fortunately the beautiful shape has been retained. In the early 1980s, the Duesenberg was subject of a restoration, but most of the alterations were retained.

Now owned by a prominent American collector, the unique Figoni Speedster was entered in the 2007 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. It was shown as an exhibit only and the owner was first to admit that a thorough restoration would be required to bring it up to Pebble winning standards. He did strongly contemplate bringing the car back to its original configuration. Even in its current condition, the French lines captured the hearts of the gathered crowd and we believe it could be turned into a real contender for 'Best of Show'.


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  Article Image gallery (14) 2509 J-465 Specifications