10 Extremely Ironic Cases Of Inventions Killing Their Inventors

10. Fred Duesenberg Had The Need For Speed

If you are a car enthusiast, then surely you’ve heard of a Duesenberg. In the early 1900s, people were just getting used to being on four wheels that were motorized. There were three major car companies that were developing mass production lines of vehicles: Ford, Chrysler and GM. They were designed for the average American to be able to afford a car, and Fred Duesenberg decided that he wanted to make something more worthwhile. Fred and his brother, August, had designed and built engines for airplanes while they were in the military, and decided to use their experiences to build a more expensive car that was fast and beautiful. The original Duesenberg, the Model J, was built in 1928, and sold between $8500-$18,500; depending on the designs of the body that the customer had desired. To put this in perspective; the first Model T Ford sold for $850, and most people could not pay that much money at the time. Most people had to wait a few years for the cost to come below $500 to buy one.
10. Fred Duesenberg Had The Need For Speed