Duesenberg in Andy Hardy film

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03 Jan 2007 04:43 #6084 by Greg Riley
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I saw this on You Tube and thought everyone might find it interesting. The poster asked if this car still exists. Does anyone know which car it is...was?

[url:1m8kv7fq]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odspv85Rte0[/url:1m8kv7fq]

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03 Jan 2007 23:39 #6092 by Chris Summers
Chris Summers replied the topic: Hmmm....
It's one of the supercharged LeBaron Convertible Sedans. The only two cars built with that body that were supercharged were J-494 (E.F. Hutton's car) and J-522. J-522 had a somewhat different body on it, more like a Packard or Chrysler according to Josh Malks's book. So is this car J-494?

P.S. The only difference I could spot between the car in the video and modern photos of J-494: wheels. Video car has discs, modern photos wires.

P.P.S. Whatever it is, it obviously wasn't a dual-cowl!



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04 Jan 2007 01:02 #6097 by AceCollins
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Thanks, I am much too young to have ever seen Andy Hardy in the theater, but my family loves the films and have caught them all on TCM. Can't believe neither myself nor my college son have not noticed the Duesy in this film. We will look for it next time this film runs on Turner.

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05 Jan 2007 02:24 #6113 by Randy_G
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To bad there is not a shot in the short clip shown to see if in fact the car is a dual cowl. Just imagine when this film was shot the mighty Duesenberg was still in production... something to ponder.

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05 Jan 2007 02:48 #6115 by Chris Summers
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If it was a dual cowl it would have had a second windshield mounted on a tonneau cover, connected by hinges to the back of the front seat. The two women seated in the back would have had to lift the tonneau up in order to get out; instead, they just...climb out.

That and the bodyside styling isn't the same as any of the LeBaron, LaGrande, or Murphy DCPs.

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06 Jan 2007 00:32 #6122 by Mike Dube
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Chris,

I agree with you about the LeBaron berline body (as opposed to convt. sedan). However, Fred Roe lists 2 pictures of J494, one in the JL Elbert book: photo # 121 on page 99 (at least in my 1964 reprint, am not going downstairs to look for the original), and on page 193 in his book. Roe lists no photos in either book for J522 which was supposed to be a similar car. Interestingly, both cars were blown originally.

The Elbert picture looks like a LWB version of what appears to be the same body style as your picture, which looks to be SWB. The car pictured on 193 in Roe looks SWB to me, as does the car in the movie clip.

If your photo is really J494, could the one shown in Elbert actually be J522?

Hmmm!

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