Duesenberg J-587 Bohman & Schwartz "Throne Car&quot

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09 Nov 2004 02:56 #2464 by Brian R Peterson
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Hi All,

I am a Duesenberg enthusiast and amateur historian, and this is my first post to the board.

I am very interested in the 1937 Duesenberg Model J-587 Town Car built for Father Divine.

I spoke with Jon Bill in the ACD Archives and he tells me the car has survived but is in very rough shape and is currently in the Imperial Palace Collection.

I am very interested in this car as it is one of the most unique Duesenberg models in my opinion, and I would very much like to know if there are any photos of the car, aside from the tiny ones in [i:1u9h1jv9]Mightiest Motor Car[/i:1u9h1jv9].

I would also like to know if there are photos of the interior, or if anyone knows what color the car was and if it is planned on being restored as I think it would make a fascinating addition to any collection.

Thanks,

Brian R. Peterson

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09 Nov 2004 04:22 #2467 by Duesey
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I used to have a picture of that not so pretty looking car, but I have since lost it. It was the longest Duesenberg ever built though, with a 168" wheelbase, and it was one of only 2 Duesenberg J's ever delivered new to an African American (the other J was delivered to a tennis player whose name escapes me). I've heard the throne car was so heavy, that the hubcaps use to pop off when it went over bumps and through turns as the 7000 lb car flexed its wheels.

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09 Nov 2004 06:38 #2468 by Brian R Peterson
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Hi!

I was aware that the J-587 was a one off, with being the largest wheelbase Duesenberg built, it was also reportedly ordered by a "John the Baptist"

The original specs were to have a dove replace the hood ornament, the pasenger compartment featuring a white leather headliner with gold stars and moons, a raised central throne with semi circular seating for eight, and the side lights in the removeable section of the roof to be stars with the rear being a crescent moon.

It would seem that the customer came to his senses as the finished car, while still a monstrosity, was somewhat normal looking.

I know the car is in very bad condition now, but I wonder what would possess someone to abandon a car as fantastic as a Duesenberg?

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Brian

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11 Nov 2004 01:49 #2471 by RandyEma
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Brian The last I knew of J587 it was at Dean Kruses in Auburn, In and looked pretty good. Randy Ema

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18 Nov 2004 18:07 #2496 by 250cal
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For a contemporary story on the car see;

Father Divine article, Time,1 937: Tells about construction of Throne car, and shows construction photo with "Star" window.


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26 Sep 2006 06:38 #5488 by Duesey
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Here is an image:



Found [url=ttp://www.autocollections.com/index.cfm?key=1761&action=details&tab=sold]here[/url]

Listed as a 1937 Duesenberg Model J Bohman & Schwartz Landualet

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