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19 Oct 2010 17:27 #18218 by alsancle
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The two rods extending from the firewall to the radiator over the engine look like Model J, no? The would imply a Model J radiator.

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19 Oct 2010 17:39 #18219 by Bob Roller
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You are probably right about the radiator support rods.
I am thinking that is a "J" that has been "reclothed" to look like some sort of GM car and I still think "Buick".
Chris tells me that one "J"was rebodied to look like an Olds and that it was at one time a Beverly. I think it is in Elberts book. I once saw a cartoon depicting some bonehead rebodying a "J" to make it look like a VW Beetle so who knows what may have been done in other countries with these cars.
The more I look at the car in these photos,the better I like it.

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19 Oct 2010 18:00 #18220 by Chris Summers
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The rebodied former Beverly is J-462 / 2522, also known as the Big Cow for the steer horns mounted on the grille. Its restyle, oddly, is very similar - a GM-by-way-of-Howard Darrin-style body with an open rear seat. It isn't the same car in the photos, however. The rebodying of J-462 / 2522 was done in the late 1940s or early 1950s in California.

This car has been referred to by some as the Tom Mix Car. It's worth repeating that he not only never owned the car, he likely never saw it, as he'd been dead for a decade when this body was built. The only Duesenberg Mix is connected with was a Model A roadster that is not known to survive.

Photos of the car below were supplied by the O'Quinn Collection which owned the car as of a year ago. I don't know if it's been sold yet.




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19 Oct 2010 19:08 #18222 by janst
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isn?t this J292/2158?

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20 Oct 2010 16:15 #18231 by West Peterson
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Chris Summers wrote: This car has been referred to by some as the Tom Mix Car. It's worth repeating that he not only never owned the car, he likely never saw it, as he'd been dead for a decade when this body was built.

Based on the second part of the second sentence, I'd say it's slightly more than "likely" that he never saw it.

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20 Oct 2010 17:21 #18232 by Chris Summers
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Snarky irony, West...snarky irony.

And yes, that is J-292, although it now has chassis 2606 and the body is partially a replica. The original body was badly butchered and the original frame shortened while the car was still in Argentina.

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