Duesenberg Blackbird Concept

New Designers 18 Sep 2012
Duesenberg Blackbird Concept

The Duesenberg Blackbird is a study of a modern Duesenberg, inspired by the iconic American luxury brand that left the market in 1937. The author is Philip Ma from Academy of Art University.

As Philip Ma explains, “The initial concept was to create a Duesenberg for two fictional characters, Alex and Veronique, who live in a time where orbital spaceflight has helped creating a new group of citizens.

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“These citizens of the world are born above and carry an unmatched level of prestige. Alex and Veronique dreams of a voyage down to Earth. They dream to roam the great plains, to discover the American landscape… in a Duesy.”

“Being at AAU, I was able to visit our automotive museum and be inspired by our collection of Duesenbergs in person. I was able to study the designs of the legendary icons. One of my favorite models is the SJ Dual Cowl Phaeton, which greatly inspired my Blackbird concept.”

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Left: Concept inspiration – Right: the 1935 Duesenberg SJ Dual Cowl Phaeton (Source: Wikipedia)

The concept carries powerful and dramatic proportions, just like the SJ Dual Cowl Phaeton. It has a strong horizontal beltline that creates a bold statement and a sleek, sporty profile that really says “it’s a driver’s car”.

The front fascia was another important element, it “had to speak American”. Its design was inspired by strong iconic symbols such as the American eagle.

“Duesenbergs of the past had celebrated their beautiful Straight-8 engines. I thought a dual gas turbines setup was an appropriate power plant that expressed an exotic and evocative statement.”

About the Designer

Philip Ma is a transportation design student at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

During his time at AAU, Philip undertook a number of sponsored projects, and was shortlisted for the 2011 Interior Motives Awards as well as being a finalist for the 2011 GM & Car Design News Design Competition.

Currently he is completing his final semester at AAU and is seeking for opportunities as an automotive designer beginning 2013.

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(Image Courtesy: Philip Ma for Car Body Design)

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