Speed, Sophistication, and Statues

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The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum has teamed up with Big Statues to create a one-of-a-kind sculpture of automobile pioneer Friedrich (Fred) Duesenberg.

Fred Duesenberg

This will be a statue to remember. The man’s impact on the automobile industry is just astounding.

The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum has teamed up with Big Statues to create a one-of-a-kind sculpture of automobile pioneer Friedrich (Fred) Duesenberg.

Born in Germany in 1876, Duesenberg, as a young boy, immigrated with his family to a farm in Iowa. Growing up he was fascinated with machinery. Prior to World War I, he designed and built the Mason automobile manufactured in Des Moines and Waterloo, Iowa. In the 1920s, Duesenberg became involved in automobile racing where his cars came to be world famous. Duesenberg-powered cars set the world’s land speed record, won the French Grand Prix at LeMans, and won the Indianapolis 500-mile race three times. The term “It’s a Duesy” became a household phrase. In 1921, he introduced the Duesenberg Model A passenger car featuring such innovations as four-wheel hydraulic brakes and straight-eight engines. In the 1930s after joining forces with the Cord Corporation, Duesenberg was responsible for creating the ultimate classic car, the fabulous Duesenberg Model J; a few of which featured supercharged engines.

The museum and studio are creating a statue that captures the innovative and imaginative personality that Duesenberg possessed. Big Statues head sculpture, Matt Glenn, is using photographs and vintage car parts to create a statue that replicates Duesenberg in every possible way. Glenn stated, “This will be a statue to remember. The man’s impact on the automobile industry is just astounding.”

Scheduled to be unveiled next year, the statue will stand with the museum as a reminder of Duesenberg’s significance as well as the rewards of hard work and dedication.

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