Duesenberg Books

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17 Aug 2005 06:18 #3540 by Diner
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I'm looking to add a book about Duesenbergs to my automobile collection. I'm interested in the history of the car more so than a book of mostly new photos and little text. Also if any focus on owners and their restorations?
Your thoughts on which book I should buy and and overview would be very helpful.

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Gregg

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18 Aug 2005 02:44 #3548 by Mike Dube
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My picks would be Fred Roe's "Duesenberg The Pursuit of Perfection" first published 1982 as #1, followed by J.L. Elbert's "Duesenberg The Mightiest American Motorcar" first published 1951, and finally Josh Malks' "Illustrated Duesenberg Buyer's Guide" first published 1993.

The first 2 have been reprinted a few times, but both are now long out of print. I suspect Josh's book may be also. All can be found from time to time on ebay or places like abebooks.com or alibris.com.

Happy hunting!

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18 Oct 2005 12:15 #3783 by Clipper965
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JL Elbert's book is probably the most comprehensive Duesie book but I always loved Herb Newport's The Duesenberg;: The story of America's premier car written with Louis William Steinwedel is a really outstanding book. Written in 1970 it gives a first person account about the Duesenberg era. Herb Newport helped design the Mormon Meteor racing car and he designed both :DSSJ's for Clark Gable & Gary Cooper.

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19 Dec 2006 21:25 #5970 by clydester
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Does the Fred Roe book list each car made (as best they can) with each of their histories???

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20 Dec 2006 00:01 #5972 by Chris Summers
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...I haven't yet been able to find a copy of the Roe, Elbert, or Newport books in my price range, but Josh Malks's book is wonderful. My copy is so tattered I keep it in a giant ziploc bag. :D

One book to avoid is Dennis Adler's "Duesenberg." Looks great on the coffee table, with plenty of pretty pictures, but as a reference book it sucks. IMHO. :D

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20 Dec 2006 01:06 #5973 by Mike Dube
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Fred Roe's book has an appendix in the back that catalogs the cars by chassis and engine numbers. It also lists the page numbers for available pictures of the cars in both his and Elbert's book.

You may have to look around some, but both these books can be had, and occasionally reasonably as well.

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