The Duesenberg Exhibit at Lyon Air Museum July 1 - August 4


Santa Ana, Calif., June 8, 2015 – Lyon Air Museum, a world class showcase of historic aircraft and vintage automobiles, to bring back “The Duesenberg Exhibit.”  Ten quintessential Duesenberg automobiles will be displayed July 1 – August 4, 2015 at the Museum, located on the west side of John Wayne Airport in Orange County. 

Manufactured between 1928 and 1935, the ten automobiles are compromised of not only the first serial numbered Model J Duesenberg but also the last, and of course eight unique examples in between.  These decadent one-of-a-kind automobiles were owned by the most influential of the time, including many well known celebrities and highly successful businessmen.  Among these ten “Duesies,” previous owners include; John J McCarthy – former president of the Cracker Jack Company, Otis Chandler – Los Angeles Times publisher, Sid Smith – Andy Gump Cartoonist , and Golden Age Hollywood actress Dolores Del Rio.  Furthermore, one of the ten cars is a bit of a celebrity itself, the 1929 Model J Murphy Dual Cowl Phaeton was featured in the 1982 John Huston film “Annie.” 

The Duesenberg brand of automobiles represents an innovative melding of American elegance, engineering and extravagance.  No two cars are the same, for each body and its interior was custom made by specialized coach builders from around the World, all to owner specifications.  They were considered the very finest cars money could buy, inspiring the use of the expression “It’s a Duesy” when describing something extraordinary or the finest of its kind. 

The Model J of the Duesenberg marque was the culmination of a rich history of development.  In 1914, World War I Fighter Ace and Medal of Honor recipient, Eddie Richenbacker, drove a “Duesy” to finish in 10th place at the Indianapolis 500, and a Duesenberg won the race in 1924, 1925, and 1927.  After produced arguably the best luxury passenger cars of its time, Duesenberg ceased production in 1937.  Today, it is estimated that 378 of the 481 originally manufactured rare Model J Duesenbergs still survive.

Lyon Air Museum represents the fulfillment of a dream of founder General William Lyon of William Lyon Homes, Inc., Newport Beach, Calif.  As a former combat pilot, and ultimately Chief of the U.S. Air Force Reserve from 1975 to 1979, his passion for aviation history and youth education is the driving force behind Lyon Air Museum.  In establishing the museum, General Lyon has created a world-class facility, offering educational tours and displays to inspire young people.  The Museum has on exhibit some of the world’s rarest operational historic aircraft and vehicles.


Lyon Air Museum is located at 19300 Ike Jones Road, Santa Ana, CA  92707.  P: 714/210-4585. 

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Hours of operation are daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Admission rates: General admission--$12; Seniors and Veterans--$9; Ages 5-17--$6; Under age 5—Free. Groups of 10 or more--$1 off each visitor.  



Media Contact: Corrin Quezada

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