Franay Duesenberg

More
05 Apr 2010 21:49 #16317 by clydester
clydester replied the topic:
Does that mean the car simply disappeared or someone saw it going to the crusher or run over by a WW2 tank???

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

  • Chris Summers
  • Chris Summers's Avatar
  • Offline
  • ACD Club Life Member
  • ACD Club Life Member
More
05 Apr 2010 21:56 #16319 by Chris Summers
Chris Summers replied the topic:
The car was still owned by the original owner in Algeria in the 1950s when it was destroyed by fire.

Chris Summers
ACD Club
Chandler-Cleveland Motor Club
CCCA

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

  • danielbiker
  • danielbiker's Avatar Topic Author
  • Offline
  • ACD Club Member
  • ACD Club Member
More
06 Apr 2010 02:12 #16328 by danielbiker
danielbiker replied the topic:

Chris Summers wrote: The car was still owned by the original owner in Algeria in the 1950s when it was destroyed by fire.


Hey Chris,

First of all congratulation for your new position in the club.It's not an easy job but i pretty sure you will do it great.Regardind the Franay Duesenberg:What about the ramainings,frame ,engine and other heavy metal parts.These can not be melted by a "regular" fire.Thanks

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

  • Chris Summers
  • Chris Summers's Avatar
  • Offline
  • ACD Club Life Member
  • ACD Club Life Member
More
06 Apr 2010 12:08 #16332 by Chris Summers
Chris Summers replied the topic:
Thanks, Daniel. I have no other information except that the car was destroyed. The parts may exist somewhere but I've never heard anything of them.

Chris Summers
ACD Club
Chandler-Cleveland Motor Club
CCCA

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
28 Apr 2011 00:32 #19925 by gkit
gkit replied the topic: Franay Duesenberg 2526 J506
Would it be possible to give more information on the Franay bodied Duesenberg 2526 J506, this vehicle has always intrigued me. What city in Algeria did the car reside in, who was the original owner and is there any detailed documented information on its demise.

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

  • Chris Summers
  • Chris Summers's Avatar
  • Offline
  • ACD Club Life Member
  • ACD Club Life Member
More
28 Apr 2011 01:34 #19928 by Chris Summers
Chris Summers replied the topic:
From "L'Avion de la Route" by Alain Dollfus, published in the Summer 1996 issue of [i:mtc92u5v]Automotive History Review[/i:mtc92u5v]. Bolded comments are mine.

[i:mtc92u5v]It was first exhibited on Franay's own stand at the 1934 Paris Salon and then sold to Emile Beghain, one of Sadovich's faithful clients, and co-driver with Prince Nicholas at the 1935 LeMans race. [/i:mtc92u5v][They were driving a Model J which has never been precisely identified.] [i:mtc92u5v] Beghain, who became a wealthy perfume producer in Algeria, left the wreck of SJ-506 on his estate, which he had to relinquish in 1962 in the tumult of the Algerian war of independence. Beghain later lived in Cannes, on the French Riviera, with nothing left from this fantastic car but a small photograph of himself at the wheel, soon after taking delivery of the car, around 1935.[/i:mtc92u5v]

In the same magazine the late Fred Roe noted that the car was "left for scrap."

Kellner Town Car J-516 / 2541 was also owned by Beghain, as a parts car for the Franay, and was also lost in the Algerian war. Ray Wolff's notes mention both being "bombed and burned."

I don't know of any definitive proof of its destruction (photos, receipts, etc.), so I suppose it could still be out there.

Any other information anyone has to offer is warmly welcomed.

Chris Summers
ACD Club
Chandler-Cleveland Motor Club
CCCA

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

Time to create page: 0.071 seconds
Powered by Kunena Forum