1929 Duesenberg "J"
Fred and August Duesenberg built what many consider the finest American automobile ever created. The Deusenberg Model J was the most exotic car produced at the time. The straight-eight engine was four feet long, had dual overhead cams and 4 valves per cylinder. The monster would propel the car to well over 100 miles per hour. It would even do 80 miles an hour in second gear. Horsepower was 265 with 5 to one compression ratio. For this magnificent piece of engineering excellence you paid $8,500 for the chassis alone. They you went to one of the specialty body builders whose prices started in the 3,000 to 5,000 dollar range. Duesenberg lasted from 1929 to 1936 having produced 470 chasses and 480 engines. Today, Duesenbergs sell for over a million dollars.