General Lyon’s Duesenberg Comes Comes to The Amelia

From the first Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance in 1996, Duesenbergs have won the Best of Show award four times.

General Lyon's Duesenberg Comes Comes to The Amelia Duesenberg’s name remains as potent today as it was when the powerful Indianapolis-built luxury cars ruled America’s highways and speedways during the twenties and thirties.

From the first Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in 1996, Duesenbergs have won the Best of Show award four times. In 2011 Duesenberg became the only marque to win both Amelia’s Concours de Sport and Concours d’Elegance Best of Show awards in the same year.

“Duesenberg is the American classic many people come to Amelia to see,” said Bill Warner, Founder and Chairman of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. “This year we have a real treat by Duesenberg’s most famous and prolific coachbuilder, Murphy of Pasadena.”

duesenbeg-classicThe aluminum-bodied 1930 Duesenberg Model J Speedster from the William Lyon Family collection in California wears Murphy’s signature disappearing convertible top. The design not only gave the big roadster a clean profile but allows unobstructed conversation with the passenger in the solo rumble seat. It is one of just five “short wheelbase” Model J roadsters configured in Murphy’s imaginative and graceful disappearing convertible top design.

“It was Murphy’s custom to render each design full scale on a huge blackboard to ensure the car’s dimensions could be appreciated and that the proportions were pleasing and proper,” said Warner.

The Lyon’s 1930 Model J roadster called the “disappearing top torpedo convertible roadster” was owned originally by Anne Burnett, founder of the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum.

About The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance
Now in its second decade, the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is among the top automotive events in the world. Always held the second full weekend in March, “The Amelia” draws over 250 rare vehicles from collections around the world to The Golf Club of Amelia Island and The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island for a celebration of the automobile like no other. Since 1996, the show’s Foundation has donated over $2 million to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Inc. and other deserving charities on Florida’s First Coast. The 19th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for March 7-9, 2014. For more information, visit www.ameliaconcours.org.

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