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History

History >> Auto Industry



Duesenberg Model J 1
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.

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

Photo Credits

1 Duesenberg Model J photo courtesy of the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum

2 City of Indianapolis, Division of Planning, Bass Photo Collection

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