- This car was formerly owned by singer and Hollywood star Sammy Davis, Jr.
- It is a replica of a famous classic and is equipped with automatic transmission, power steering and supercharged Chrysler V-8 engine.
- It features an aluminum body fitted to an ash frame.
Manufacture of “J” series Duesenbergs began in 1929 after E.L. Cord purchased the Duesenberg firm. Duesenberg production ceased in 1937 when the Cord empire collapsed. “J” series Duesenbergs are among the most expensive collector cars today. During the late 1920s and 1930s, they were affordable only by the very rich. Celebrities such as Gary Cooper, Greta Garbo, Cary Grant and Clark Gable owned Duesenbergs.
During the early 1970s, a growing market appeared for what the automotive trade called “replicars” -- copies of popular classic cars with modern engines, running gear and other internal components that were sold as finished cars, not as kits. This replica of a Duesenberg SSJ Roadster was built in 1971 by The Duesenberg Corporation. Most replicar manufacturers produce molded bodies made of fiberglass; however, the body on this car was made of aluminum panels supported on an ash wood frame with fenders of machine-hammered steel. It has steel disc wheels, a Bijur chassis oiler, automatic transmission, power steering and a Paxton supercharged 383 cubic inch Chrysler V-8 engine. The engine had special features such as heavy duty bearings and crankshaft, special valves and rotators, and compression ratio suited to supercharging.
This car was owned by the famous singer and Hollywood star Sammy Davis, Jr.