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Cars at the Capital & Coffee: 1921 ‘Castle Duesenberg’ Straight Eight

September 18, 2021 @ 7:30 AM 10:30 AM EDT

The Hagerty Drivers Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization is hosting “Cars at the Capital,” a month-long celebration of car culture in Washington, D.C. Held on the National Mall throughout September, this exhibit is free to the public and will feature the 29th and 30th vehicles to be added to the National Historic Vehicle Register. Two additional historically significant vehicles previously added to the National Historic Vehicle Register will also be featured to educate the general public about the cultural significance of the automobile and its role in shaping modern society.

Join us on Saturday, September 18 to view the 1921 Duesenberg Straight Eight (the “Castle Duesenberg”). Courtesy of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum (Auburn, Indiana), the 27th vehicle added to the National Historic Vehicle Register was the first production Duesenberg passenger car ordered by Hawaiian industrialist Samuel N. Castle.

Mechanical advances included four-wheel hydraulic brakes and the industry’s first overhead cam straight-eight-cylinder passenger car engine. Fitted with full- length aluminum belly pans and an exhaust cut-off, its top speed of over 100 mph were signs of brothers Frederick and August Duesenberg’s racing past.

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