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June 2018

This month we have the last of the trio of Duesenberg’s, built for my own collection. This is the long chassis Murphy Boat Tailed Speedster on a ‘J’ Duesenberg chassis No. J120 of 1933.   Like the previous example, the original was created for the current owner who had changed a couple of things that I have now put to rights in my own creation.  However I did leave off an item from the original car, and shown in all of the original photos of it, and that is a chromed box like oil? tank attached to the left side of the running board, also the battery box covers were chromed, as against being painted the same colour as the body. So I have done the one thing I criticise others of doing, of departing from the original.  However my excuse is that this was a very special case - I know they can all say that - but for me, it is a beautiful body style with five built on the short chassis, plus this sole example on the long chassis, which I think better suits the boat tail speedster design.  I wanted to show the design to it’s best advantage and the chrome oil tank and chromed battery box doors, distracted from that.  The chromed battery box doors were a feature of the Duesenbergs ordered by one George Whittell, who owned a fleet of 7  Duesenbergs, not bad at 15.000 dollars a pop in the early 1930s, I believe that he also owned half of Nevada.

There was one other feature of the George Whittell, cars and that is the red under fender colour, that was not included in the current restoration  but is on my model.  I think it adds an extra special spice to the design.  Yet another feature of this long wheel base example are the chromed louvre doors, replacing the curved louvres along the hood sides, I think it blends in very nicely with the long straight bottom edge of the aluminium rear deck.  Yet another feature of this particular car, is the polished wood panelled running board.  This is usually painted fender colour on most other cars.

The curved hood louvres were a sort of standard item of the ‘J’ Duesenberg, like the fender line and the distinctive radiator shell, but even these were custom made to different designs, to suit a particular body style or the new owners whims and wishes.  Note also that the fire wall has been extended with an additional filler piece down each side, so that the line of the hood, blends in with the line of the body, not many others had this modification.  The fire wall is the standard aluminium casting, with the filler pieces added to it, as can clearly be seen with the parts wired together for plating.

Many of the custom built open Duesenberg body styles featured the disappearing top, and this is a particularly good example.  The body style does look much better with the top down rather than with it in the up position, but the methods used to be able to fold it completely out of sight were often very ingenious.  A feature that the German designers among many others of the period never seemed to master.  Check out the Weinberger Bugatti Royale - one of the most expensive custom built cars in the world, for their version of an - all but - disappearing folding top.

The engine and chassis are standard Duesenberg, but with the addition of two large air horns mounted over the engine the cam covers.  The Derham Tourster previously covered also had these but they were fitted under the front left fender - the blast from them was a sound to remember.


An After Sales Service to my book readers

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