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Country of origin:United States
Produced in:1932
Introduced at:1932 Paris Auto Salon
Designed by:Howard Darrin
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:November 13, 2007
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Chassis: 2503 J-481
In the 1920s a young American designer called Howard Darrin went to Europe together with interpreter and bussiness partner Tom Hibbard. His first plan was to export European cars to America, but he quickly set up shop as a coachbuilder under the Hibbard & Darrin name. In 1931 Hibbard returned to the United States and Darrin teamed up with a French banker named Fernandez. The emphasis was further put on absolute luxury and quality, and Fernandez & Darrin bodied cars sold for astronomical amounts.

Four Duesenbergs were bodied by Fernandez & Darrin with a Convertible Victoria style; two long wheelbase and two short wheelbase chassis. Featured is the most famous of these, which was sold new to actress Greta Garbo. First shown at the 1932 Paris Auto Salon, the absence of running boards clearly distinguished it from the other long wheelbase example. It is shown above at the 2007 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance where Duesenberg was the featured marque.


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  Article Image gallery (6) 2503 J-481 Specifications