The mighty Duesenberg J series was an exotic, imposing and elite automobile. It was far superior in concept and execution from even the largest and most powerful European vehicles of the period. This irresistible interest led the few Duesenbergs bodied in Europe to receive the coachbuilders’ most extravagant, beautiful and eloquent designs. This stunning example crafted by Jean-Baptiste Franay is no exception and its amazing appeal is only rivaled by the air of mystery, intrigue and excitement which surrounds its first owner; Mabel Boll and by then known as the Countess Proceri, who is also known by her nickname the “Queen of Diamonds” (she loved not only to purchase jewels, but to wear them publicly).
The “Queen of Diamonds” Duesenberg is a stunning example of 1930s beauty and refinement; it is believed to be one of only two Duesenbergs originally built with a sunroof. Other exciting qualities are seen with its hinged windshield, divider window, chromed-cover dual sidemounts, luggage rack, skirted fenders, driving lights, chromed wire wheels, ornate rear woodwork with bar, crystal and instrumentation, plush leather interior, engine-turned dash fascia and desirable sweep-hand speedometer and tachometer amongst the standard and very complete Duesenberg instrument set.
Mabel Boll’s Duesenberg is seen and recognized in the majority of books on the marque and will be welcomed by most clubs and events on the calendar for this era of motorcar. Period photos reveal the car during its early years abroad and relate its well-known history as it remains with most features from this wonderful record of presentation.
The Duesenberg J was a conception of motoring excellence that was apart from the field in its appeal to the owner as driver. The last chapter of the Salon era was chronologically ushered in by the J, by reason of its new level of standards for motorcar finality – coachbuilders and Duesenberg achieved undisputed new heights in the perfection of design and elements of motoring distinction.
New levels of luxury, new vistas of prestige, performance, comfort and size were attained – the examples, such as this Duesenberg, stand as a model of uncompromised beauty for comparison in any age. The car will be offered on Saturday, September 3, 2016 by Auctions America at its Auburn sale, where is estimated to bring $750,000 – $950,000.