Clone cars are nothing new, there’s a booming market for them all over the place but some of them are certainly in a different league than others. That can be a good thing or a bad thing. Don’t have the cash for a real hemi Road Runner? No problem, slide an elephant motor into a 383 car and voila! But what about clones of insanely valuable collector cars. What are they worth? The car below presents an interesting case because it is an 88% scale version of a 1936 Deusenberg Model J.
This is not a 1936 Deusenberg Model J with a steel body and all kinds of Duesenberg parts on it. This is an immaculate car, don’t get us wrong, we are not taking quality shots at it but it bears a closer look. There are exactly zero actual Deusenberg parts on this thing. The body is a well crafted fiberglass piece, the engine is a 502ci big block Chevy, the chassis is from Fat Man Fabrications, and there is a 9-inch Ford axle anchoring the whole thing down. From the looks of it, the car is not finished, unless the engine photos were during construction. You’ll note that there are no belts on the accessories and no visible lines in the engine compartment. There does not appear to be a cooling system that we can see either.
This is a beautiful car. This is, at worst, a hand crafted machine the likes of which are so unique that the only other one you will see is the actual car it is modeled after. That being said, $249,000 seems a bit of an insane investment for something that will never actually be a Duesenberg. What’s the market for this when the new owner wants to sell it? Like we said, as a custom, wow. As a Duesenberg? Tough sell.