1926 Duesenberg Model A sedan

You’ve read about my 1923 Model A Duesenberg in a related post within this section. Smitten with Duesys, in about 1996 I managed to run across the proverbial barn find in the form of an all-original 1926 Model A sedan that hadn’t seen the light of day since the 1930s.

After some negotiating, its then owner No. 3 sold to yours truly from a sequestered location in upstate New York. It didn’t take long for me to recognize the historic value of this fantastically preserved and rare vehicle. Nothing had been touched or messed with for decades right down to the spark plug wires, absolutely virgin original interior, original paint, and even the original spare tire. In the trunk perhaps the greatest find of all, at least to the car-obsessed: an original water pump hose with DUESENBERG embossed along the curved radius in raised letters. Have you seen one of those lately?

I set about a full mechanical restoration with a local mechanic and, between the two of us, we managed to put the Duesy back on the road in top running condition without disrupting the half-century of patina. No painting, polishing, or bead blasting. In fact, you couldn’t tell the car was touched let alone almost totally disassembled.

I drove her for a number of years including CCCA events and local romps along Vermont roads. She never failed to impress. By 2002, it was time to put more bucks into my father’s ’23 Duesy touring car restoration and I had the opportunity to sell the ’26 to a collector of original prewar American classics. Within months after purchase, new owner Jim Callahan scored second place in the preservation class at Pebble Beach with this fantastic time warp!

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