A restored 1930 Duesenberg Model J valued at 1.2 million dollars and owned by Fayetteville's Jack Miller, has been added to the line-up in the Speedway Salon at Atlanta Motor Speedway April 26-27 during the Summit Racing Equipment Atlanta Motorama presented by Classic Collectors Insurance & zMAX Motorama.
The Duesenberg brand was considered to have produced the fastest and most luxurious cars in America during its prime. The Duesenberg Model J is indeed a rare vehicle, as less than 500 were built between 1929 and 1937. They were driven by the upper echelon of society with the likes of gangster Al Capone, movie star Clark Gable and billionaire Howard Hughes having been known to own Duesenberg Model Js.
The Model J owned by Miller was originally owned by the family of Lew Wallace, a Union Civil War general who later went into politics and was also the author of "Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ."
Miller purchased the car in 1998. Over the last 15 years, the car has been restored as close to its original version as possible. That has meant seeking out parts for the car that are both original and authentic - including the car's eight cylinder, 420 cubic inch engine.
"It's important to me to do that, but it's more important to whoever the next owner will be. There are so few Duesenbergs out there," Miller said. "You only see about three or four of these come on the market each year, so people are going to want them to be authentic as they can be."
To go along with its impressive look, the Duesenberg is capable of holding its own as the car is able to accelerate to 88 mph in one second. That performance aligns with the history of the Duesenberg. During the 1930s, most cars had an average horsepower of around 95. Duesenburgs, on the other hand, were able to create approximately 265 horsepower.
"This car has sheer horsepower," Miller said. "The pull that it has really makes it stand out."
The Dusenberg joins a 1921 Rolls Royce, also owned by Miller, and a 1939 Packard Convertible Sedan, a 1930 Pierce Arrow Model A among other rare vehicles featured in the Speedway Salon.
Motorama spectator admission is $12 per day. Kids ages 6 through 11 will be admitted for $5, with kids 5 and under being admitted free. For Motorama event information, visit www.atlantamotorama.com or contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.