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14 Feb 2011 20:04 #19255 by Bob Roller
Bob Roller replied the topic: Weymann/Whittel Speedster
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In 1965 when Harrah bought this car from Whittel,it had 1342 miles on it. They must be trying to wear it out if it now has nearly 2000 on it. One thing for sure,it stands out like a goose egg in a coal bucket.I did have an Automobile Quarterly that had a good write up on Whittel's Duesenbergs but it vanished into a black hole and I can't find it.

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14 Feb 2011 23:11 #19260 by Steve Derus
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I have information from Chris that indicates Whittel sold it to Harrah in November '62.

I saw the car and Bill Harrah himself shortly after he acquired it, at a CCCA Grand Classic in Redondo Beach CA, I believe it was the first time he exhibited it. I have a hunch he may have timed that purposely just to upstage the simultaneous debut of Jack Nethercutt's freshly restored Bugatti Type 57 coupe.... Mission accomplished.

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15 Feb 2011 01:24 #19263 by Chris Summers
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And then he double-upstaged by buying that Bugatti.

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15 Feb 2011 20:24 #19274 by Bob Roller
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My date of Harrah's purchase was wrong.I must have got that idea from a 1965 Road&Track magazine that featured that car on the cover. Obviously neither he nor Whittel got much pleasure from it. As I recall the AQ article on Whittel's cars,he blew it up when it was new and then considered it a nuisance from then on. Too bad,the rich man and his toy were not well served and none of it did him much good.

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08 Dec 2013 22:28 #26430 by landmark
landmark replied the topic: Re: truck

Steve Derus wrote: Maybe this is the farm truck Bob mentioned. The photo is from the Curtright Website.

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Hello Steve,

I just "fall over" this older posting. Do you know where do you find that picture at the Curtright website/ to which car (J-number) that picture belongs?

As I read in an old road & track article, J-132 was at a time used as a pick-up truck on a farm, until Homer Fitterling purchased the car and equiped the chassis with a Murphy CC body he had "in stock". Is that maybe the car on the picture?

I know that a forum-member is today the proud owner and driver of that Murphy CC, maybe he owns some photos of the "pick-up time" of his car and like to share them...

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08 Dec 2013 22:34 #26432 by Chris Summers
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I think it's J-237 but can't recall off the top of my head.

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