Frederick S. Duesenberg Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles
FREDERICK S. DUESENBERG
Born: December 6, 1877
Died: Circa 1932
Died: Circa 1932
German-born Frederick Samuel Duesenberg (1877-1932) and his brother, August (1879-1955), founded the Duesenberg Company after first building cars for Mason Motors in Des Moines, Iowa. Frederick, the engineering specialist of the two, patented the Duesenberg motor in 1913. In 1921, the Duesenberg automobile won the French Grand Prix at Le Mans - the first win in European racing for an American automobile manufacturer. The Duesenberg, driven by Jimmy Murphy, had a three-speed gearbox and four-wheel brakes. Prior to 1921, all cars were equipped with brakes only on the back wheels; due to the success and increased safety factor, four-wheel brakes were later adopted for passenger cars. Duesenbergs won the Indianapolis 500 in 1924, 1925 and 1927.
Frederick Samuel Duesenberg wrote this letter on Duesenberg Motor Company letterhead in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1916. In it, he talks about his family and the engines he was building, including one for Barney Oldfield, the first man to drive a mile a minute in 1903.
Sale Price $4,462.50
Frederick Samuel Duesenberg signed this typed letter on Duesenberg, Inc. stationery in 1930, four year after the Auburn Auto Co. purchased Duesenberg's automobile company. In it, he states that he's interested in a supercharger designed by the recipient.
Sale Price $4,037.50
Car designer Frederick Samuel Duesenberg wrote this letter on Duesenberg, Inc. stationery in 1927, one year after E. L. Cord and Auburn Auto Co. acquired his company, to a North Chicago engineer regarding improvements to engine valves. Accompanied by original mailing envelope
Sale Price $3,187.50