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My Father's Duesenberg

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22 Dec 2011 19:51 #21707 by Chris Summers
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Steve, that was bad information on my part. I don't know the car's current owner, however. The last source I have mentions it in PA in the 1970s. I have no recent pictures.

I believe that the two-tone car driven by Betty Field is J-565 / 2590 and that the car driven by Barry Sullivan is J-533 / 2561, based on what I know of their colors at the time the movie was made. If I'm wrong, then I welcome the correction.

The photo Jan posted below shows J-533 / 2561 as it appears presently.

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22 Dec 2011 19:59 #21708 by janst
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J-533/2561

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22 Dec 2011 23:05 #21710 by Steve Derus
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Wow what a car.

In the film scene where the two cars appear together Barry Sullivan's line is

"Where did you get these two circus wagons?"

Blasphemy!!

Thanks for posting that photo Chris! By the way that's a California plate if that helps solve who owns it now.

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22 Dec 2011 23:22 #21711 by Chris Summers
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Steve, the photo Jan Stransky posted from conceptcarz.com is J-533 / 2561, the Hamilton/Merkes/Nethercutt/Harrah car, owned since 1984 by the Nethercutt Collection. It was for many years black with a beige interior, which is how it is still most often seen in pictures.

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22 Dec 2011 23:29 #21712 by Steve Derus
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Thanks Chris. I was going crazy there for a minute, thinking the Nethercutt Collection had both cars. I had not seen J533 with the current paint scheme.

So we still need a photo of J-565!!

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22 Dec 2011 23:36 #21714 by Chris Summers
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For those of you with the books, J-565 appears in "Automobile Quarterly" Vol. 30 No. 4, p. 78 and on p. 62 of Malks's "Buyer's Guide."

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