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100 years ago, Tommy Miltons Duesenberg went 150. Where is it now?UPDATE W VIDEO

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09 Apr 2020 19:17 - 13 Apr 2020 21:29 #39895 by Joel
In 1920, this car became the first to go 150 MPH.

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Does anyone know if this car still exists, or what happened to it?

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09 Apr 2020 22:06 #39897 by RandyEma
Auggie Towed it to the scrap yard shortly before the company was sold to Cord.The engines may have been saved but only one engine survives today. R
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09 Apr 2020 23:14 #39898 by Joel
Thanks Randy for the reply. Too bad it got scrapped.

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10 Apr 2020 03:52 - 10 Apr 2020 03:54 #39901 by mikespeed35
Some questions about the car. Two clutches? Must have been critical with two ring and pinion gears that the engine RPM be exactly matched? The center between the two engines must have been extremely Hot with a exhaust manifold in between. Big opening for rad. must have caught a lot of air. Carbs right below the center exhaust manifold.
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10 Apr 2020 10:23 - 10 Apr 2020 10:25 #39907 by Terry Cockerell
Mike, I remember reading that this fantastic car caught fire with flames coming up around the steering column and burning the driver's face. In the second picture the hood looks like it has a burnt patch.
They built some monstrous machines in the early days. Your comment on twin clutches reminded me of John Walter Christie's 1907 20 Liter V4 front wheel drive racer. It had two clutches with one at each end of the traverse mounted engine. On corners I believe one clutch was depressed.
It would be exciting to hear the twin engine Duesenberg roar on by!

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11 Apr 2020 03:25 #39915 by mikespeed35
With all that weight on the front I'm surprised it would go around corners at all. Would have made a great drag race car! I want you all to now I am sitting 6 foot from the computer so don't worry.
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