In the early days of the automobile industry,
Indianapolis rivaled Detroit as the car capitol of the
world. Lack of capital, and the fact that Indianapolis
was not located on a navigable waterway, tilted the
scales in favor of Detroit.
Duesenberg Model J 1
It is estimated that over 90 makes of automobiles
were manufactured in Indianapolis. Among the most notable are: National, Cole, Overland,
Marmon, whose Wasp won the first Indianapolis 500, Stutz, with its famous Bearcat model,
and Duesenberg. The Duesenberg Model J is rated as one of the best automobiles of all time.
The quality of the Duesenberg was so legendary, that it coined a phrase still being used
today - "It's a Duesy."
Duesenberg Automobile Co. 2
Cole Motor Car Co. 2
Duesenberg Model J photo courtesy of the
2 City of Indianapolis, Division of Planning, Bass Photo Collection