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Today was a cold but perfect day to drive in New York. I took my Deusenberg for a long drive. As the leaves swirled and the people waved I realized just how luck we all are. I'm finally getting the hang of the non syncro box. It's quite a change from my daily driver a Maserati Coupe with paddle shifters. If my wife wants to drive you push a button marked auto and the compuper shifts for you. I guess the women who drove Deusy's were a different breed...

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It is really quite a car. 4 year 50,000 mile warantee. Very confortable. Fit and finish excellent. Great paint and leather. My 14 year old daughter said the back seats were fine. Controls are intuitive and even the nav system isn't to hard to use. You can alter the ride and in sport mode the computer double clutches for you. I have to double clutch the Duesy to keep it from grinding. AC/Heat fully automatic. It's a great driver. I'm going to use it as my daily driver. I traded my 1988 Ferrari Testarossa in on it. After 14 years and 130,000 miles it was time.

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Great minds think alike. I just returned from a 25 mile ride in my 1933 Packard. The weather was perfect: sunny and in the low 70s, but this is suthwest Florida. In what part of New York do you live? I was born and bred on Staten Island. I've only driven a Duesenberg Model J once. I found it to have an excellant non-synchromech transmission.

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I live in RYE about an hour from the city. On Sunday the roads are pretty calm. I like to drive up old RT 22. Bedford is very pretty esp. when the leaves change. Driving them is what it's all about. When I look over the show field I find it sad at how little some great cars get driven...

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J446: I have seen pictures of the new Maserati Coupe. Seems to come with quite some impressive performance numbers. It has allways been funny to see how the much the Italian performance cars cost, andthe reputation they carry world wide. I still think the American car makers like Chevy with the Corvette and Chrysler with the Viper build the best performance cars in the world $ for $. Now as for myself I guess I am getting old. I will take a good 4X4 pickup truck over any make of auto any day of the week.

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For the money I agree that the Corvette is a lot of car. I've driven Vipers and although I like the way the old coupes look they seemed truck like to me. Money aside the Maserati is much more refined. The interior is very, very beautiful. The leather and wood is on a par with my Duesenberg. It's like many works of Italian Art when you're in their presense even if you can't explain it you know you're looking at something special. I've driven these cars for 30 years every time I get into one I remember how I felt the first time I saw the figure of David that Michangelo found in that block of marble...

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Yes italian cars are something special. for that matter they are still using coachbuilders! something that we gave up shortly after WW2.

Does the new maserati have a ferrari motor in it?

Anyone who puts 130k on a testorosa is my kind of guy! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/icons/laugh.gif" alt="" /> normally you see them with like 12k or something like that. how did you keep from losing your license? I hear you can barely get out of second gear if going under 60 MPH. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/icons/wink.gif" alt="" />

Shawn

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I have a couple of sports cars as well as pre-war cars and am enjoying reading this discussion.

However, I'm wondering why schoolmarm PH hasn't come along and scolded everyone as he always does when some poor slob whispers about an off-list car. Where's the consistency? How do you guys rate? BillP

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I think that we can talk about whatever we want, as long as we are members of this august club. In other discussion forums I am in if someone wants to post a joke or something non classic car related they put an NCC after their subject title so people know it isnt a discussion about that particular marque. This discussion started talking about driving a J duesenberg and has evolved into a discussion about various other more modern cars and that is fine.

What we need on this forum is more posts <img src="/ubbthreads/images/icons/laugh.gif" alt="" /> Post whatever you want. as long as it remains civil it will be allowed.

Shawn Miller

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I'm glad to hear of a Duesenberg owner in the NE that drives his car! Alas, my Auburn is relegated to a garage queen for the duration (NE Ohio had its roads salted a couple of weeks ago). Duesenbergs and Cord 810/812's are my dream cars (if I hit the lotto I'll have at least one of each :-)). My only J ride to this point was in the tonneau of the late Melvan Clemans' LeBaron dual cowl a few years back, tooling briefly around Auburn. I spent many an enjoyable hour in conversation with him @ 9th & Main over the years. About a dozen years ago, I got to crawl all over the Dougherty's '29 Barker bodied J, which was a real thrill (at the time, it was even more original than it is now).

I find my 8-100A a competent, decent handling road car, limited only by the mechanical brakes. I DO like not having to bleed them regularly, however!

Mike

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