3D Modeling Historical posted on Mar 07, 2018
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The Duesenberg Special was a one-off speed record car. It was built in 1935 on a supercharged Duesenberg Model J. The engine was highly tuned by August Duesenberg, with the compression ratio raised to 7.5:1 and different engine bearings being used. High performance parts developed for the Special, especially the "ram's horn" twin-carburetor inlet manifold, would be used on later supercharged Js (or "SJ"s as they were called by the public). Financing for the Duesenberg Special came from sponsorship solicited by Ab Jenkins from oil companies and accessory manufacturers and distributors. Jenkins guaranteed his sponsors that he would break established speed records with the car. He delivered on his guarantee in October 1935, when he set a one-hour record of 153.97 mph (247.79 km/h) and a twenty-four-hour record of 135.57 mph (218.18 km/h) at a circuit on the Bonneville Salt Flats. The 24-hour record would be held until 1961. In search of higher speed records, Jenkins had the Duesenberg Special modified by replacing the Duesenberg engine with a Curtiss Conqueror aircraft engine. August Duesenberg designed new parts to connect the aircraft engine to the car's drivetrain. Work on the car was supervised by August Duesenberg and done largely by him and by Ab Jenkins' son Marvin. This version of the car was named Mormon Meteor and Ab Jenkins began breaking records with it in 1936, beginning with a 500 kilometres (310 mi) record of 164.47 mph (264.69 km/h). Jenkins and Babe Stapp drove the car to a 24-hour average of 153.82 mph (247.55 km/h) and a 48-hour average of 148.64 mph (239.21 km/h). In 1937, Jenkins and Louis Meyer increased the car's 24-hour record to 157.27 mph (253.10 km/h).[2] The combination of the V12 aircraft engine and the almost stock Duesenberg chassis caused understeer at high speed. Jenkins had August Duesenberg, now an independent engineer after the closure of Duesenberg Inc., design and build a new chassis to contain the aircraft engine. After the aircraft engine was removed from the Mormon Meteor in 1938, the car was restored to Duesenberg Special specifications, the body was modified for road use. The car was driven by Ab and Marv Jenkins on the streets for about 20,000 miles (32,000 km) until 1943. The car was known in its original form as the "Duesenberg Special". After the aircraft engine was installed, the Deseret News held a contest to name the car. The winning name of "Mormon Meteor" was announced on August 1, 1936. Although the term "Mormon Meteor" refers to the car in aircraft-engined form, the car was still referred to as the Mormon Meteor after its original Duesenberg drivetrain was replaced. This has resulted in the Duesenberg Special being referred to as "Mormon Meteor I" and the actual Mormon Meteor being referred to as "Mormon Meteor II". The Mormon Meteor III was built in 1937 to handle the large Curtiss Conqueror airplane engine. It was built by both Ab's son Marv Jenkins and Augie Dusenberg. Ab sent Marv to build the car with Dusenberg at only age 17. This intimate knowledge of the Meteor III enabled Marv to complete the meticulous restoration that required most parts to be fabricated again from scratch many years later after his father Ab's passing. It had many unique features, such as the body offset by six inches on the frame to help the car turn on the track. In 1939, Jenkins drove the car 171 mph (275 km/h) and broke all of the 12-hour endurance records. The Mormon Meteor III set a 24-hour record of 161.180 mph (259.394 km/h) in 1940 that would not be broken until 1990. This version is the street version used by AB JENKINS. Hard to make but you know that : it is a great pleasure when you stop to be in pain!

Comments (21)


marcopol Online Now! 9:25AM | Wed, 07 March 2018

Bravo Alain, superbe modèle 😃


Dante78 9:34AM | Wed, 07 March 2018

Magnifique !! Et merci pour toutes les informations, très instructif !! 😀


Kordouane 10:08AM | Wed, 07 March 2018

Elle est somptueuse, belle voiture, bravo 🌟


ontar1 10:08AM | Wed, 07 March 2018

Cool, fantastic car!


PeterBob 12:05PM | Wed, 07 March 2018

J'adore ce genre de voitures complètement mégalo !


spad007 12:23PM | Wed, 07 March 2018

Well Done!!


regeer 12:58PM | Wed, 07 March 2018

That's a great looking car, excellent modeling. Well done.

Viratelle 6:41PM | Wed, 07 March 2018

magnifique... comme d'hab


Freethinker56 10:00PM | Wed, 07 March 2018

Amazing! and thanks so much for your description! ☕ 😄


velijn 2:45AM | Thu, 08 March 2018

Super (charged) ;-)


gaius 3:24AM | Thu, 08 March 2018

Un grand moment ce matin : 1 - on se régale l'oeil devant cette merveille (les Duesenberg m'ont toujours fait rêver !) et 2 - on se cultive...je ne savais rien de tout cela. Alors bravo et merci...même si ma superbe en a pris un coup : je n'ai pas dépassé 160 km/h sur les Bonneville Salt Flats...il est vrai que j'avais un 4X4 de location...et que ça commençait à bouger un peu trop à mon goût !


Maxidyne 7:07AM | Thu, 08 March 2018

Fantastic model my friend of a very rare and unusual car. It renders beautifully.


Jean_C 10:40AM | Thu, 08 March 2018

Quelle superbe voiture! Fantastique modélisation!


arlivre 5:26AM | Fri, 09 March 2018

Magnifique Alain !


Joao and Joana


Navi 4:54PM | Fri, 09 March 2018

Superbe modellage, c'était une fusée cette auto ! :)


Domi48 11:52AM | Sat, 10 March 2018

Jolie môme!


eekdog 4:34PM | Mon, 12 March 2018

Super classy model. Love the info you provided.


Mondwin 4:52AM | Sun, 08 April 2018

Superbe image mon amì!!!Bravissimo!V:DDD.Regarder Whylma


P-LACALMONTIE 7:30AM | Sat, 21 April 2018

Magnifique modélisation ! La Classe. Modèle unique et rare.


KarmaSong 2:51AM | Thu, 14 June 2018

De très nombreuses heures de modélisation j'imagine ! Le résultat est une merveille. C'est superbe ! 💚


Richardphotos Online Now! 5:18PM | Fri, 08 February 2019

I have this product and I need to do more renders with it. just too many things in my runtime, but I am still on the lookout for products that interests me

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