My Father's Duesenberg

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22 Dec 2011 01:16 #21691 by Commodore
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My father had a Duesenberg up until 1955. Recently I came across some old photos of his Duesenberg. So I am posting them here in hopes that someone can tell me something about the car. Also, family lore has it that the car appeared in the 1949 movie version of the ?The Great Gatsby?. Does anyone know whether a Duesenberg appeared in this movie and which car it was?

Steve Marshall





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22 Dec 2011 01:28 #21693 by RandyEma
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YES THIS IS SN 2561 j533 AND WAS IN THE MOVIE GREAT GATSBY IT IS A ROLLSTON J.N CONVERTIBLE COUPE .THIS CAR WAS SOLD TO MARSHALL MERKES THEN TO J. B. NETHERCUTT THEN WM HARRAH THEN BACK TO J.B AND THE SHOWED IT AT PEBBLE BEACH THIS LAST SUMMER

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22 Dec 2011 02:10 #21694 by Steve Derus
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Steve,

I saw this car sometime around 1958, it was sitting outside under a tarp in the Malibu Canyon area of Southern California. It was for sale, my Dad and I took a photo of it, before he could get back to the seller with the money Marshall Merkes had snapped it up. Wonder if your father was the owner of the car at that time?

Its a lovely car and one of the main attractions at the Nethercutt Museum.

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Steve Derus

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22 Dec 2011 04:44 #21695 by silverghost
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Steve~~~

What a stunning model "J" Duesenberg your Father once owned.
It's always great to see early period B&W photos of these great autos when they were still in everyday use.
Thank's for posting these great photos.

I noted the unusual LH rear bumper bracket mounted radio antenna.

I really like the Model "J" with Wire Wheel covers also~~~
You don't often see them on the Buffalo Wire Wheel Corp of America wire wheels used on the Model "J"s that are in collections today.

Do you have any idea when your Father first bought this super car ?
Did he own it very long ?
Did you ever drive it yourself ?

How much did he sell it for used in 1955 ?
I'd bet sadly only a few hundred dollars ?

I also wonder if that great spanish style home in the last photo still exists today ?

Randy or Chris~~~
Do you know who this super Model "J" was originally built for ???
Anyone noteworthy ?

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22 Dec 2011 04:52 #21696 by Steve Derus
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This thread got my curiosity aroused so I found the you tube video of the Great Gatsby 1949 movie. The Duesenberg (or is it two Duesenbergs?) plays quite a featured role and is part of the plot.

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22 Dec 2011 10:04 #21697 by landmark
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Hello,

here is a link to a newer photo of J-533

http://duesey186.com/Datasheets/Model_J ... rm2561.htm

and one to the metioned part of the 1949 Gatsby movie. The Duesenberg-car sequence starts at 2.55 min.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGN99ShR ... re=related


Cheers

Matt

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