Duesenberg J-158

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29 Apr 2010 22:41 #16603 by JOEL GIVNER
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Auburn 2006

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29 Apr 2010 22:54 #16605 by Chris Summers
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Thanks everyone for the responses and to Joel for the photo.

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30 Apr 2010 00:40 #16607 by Tom_Parkinson
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hi,

I'll still give it garage space... but you'll have to deliver it.

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30 Apr 2010 02:22 #16611 by Joel
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This is a car where pictures can't do it justice. It is amazing to see in person. Can you tell that I really like it? :D

Thanks for posting the pic Joel.

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19 Jun 2010 20:14 #17082 by Bob Roller
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I saw this car at Auburn in 2003 which was the last time I was there.As a young man,I saw the drawing in Elbert's book with an elegant lady standing with it. I thought even then that it was a mistake NOT to have built it.I would have been a much better project than J315 which had to be the homeliest thing on wheels at the time.
Many years later,1970 to be exact,it was shown in a British publication which I think I still have. The pictures were unflattering and I thought that perhaps the idea should have been laid to rest for good. THEN,in 2003,I saw the actual car,up close,"Live and in color" as the TV ads used to say and it is one beautiful car.Whoever owns it now should never be ashamed to show it and the criticism sounds like sour grapes to me.As I understand the story,the chassis carried a badly deteriorated Rollston limo body and whoever owned it wanted to save the chassis and have something nice done with it.What else should be done with it,part it out or sell it for junk?
So what if it wasn't ready until 1968 or`69,the end results speak for themselves. From what I have read in Ray Wolff's notes,a lot of these cars are scrambled up and few carry the original crankshaft and some are put together from three or four clunkers that were one step away from the scrap pile any how.As far as I know,J158 has never been presented as an original 1930's car but as a new construction of one that SHOULD have been built and I,for one,commend whoever is responsible for this.

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01 Feb 2013 06:22 #24424 by JeffStork
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I remember seeing the car at Auburn in the early 70s and meeting Mr. Goodwin. He brought three Duesenbergs and this one was on his open carrier. He explained in great detail how he had it made and then opened the door so I could see the "Duesenberg" engraved sill plate. I was about ten years old and very much appreciated his kindness.

I still have pictures of my Mom with his Walker-LeGrande convertible coupe.

Quite a fine gentleman.

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