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My Father's Duesenberg

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23 Dec 2011 12:21 #21717 by landmark
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Chris Summers wrote: For those of you with the books, J-565 appears in "Automobile Quarterly" Vol. 30 No. 4, p. 78 ...



Hello,

that photo looks like it is from out of the Gatsby-Movie -The Gasstation scene.

In the movie it looks like the J-565 has a (doorlock) keyhole a few inches above the Doorhandle, which the J-533 (as shown on the photos) has not.

Matt

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Wilhelm Busch

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23 Dec 2011 21:21 #21719 by janst
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landmark wrote: In the movie it looks like the J-565 has a (doorlock) keyhole a few inches above the Doorhandle, which the J-533 (as shown on the photos) has not.
Matt


Matt,
I almost thought we have found some difference between these two cars, but as we can see in this photo, J-533 HAS the keyhole in the right door as it appears in the movie.
Now I checked the photos of all 4 of these Rollston CCs and all of them have the keyhole in the right door but in the left door not.

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23 Dec 2011 22:37 #21720 by landmark
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janst wrote:

landmark wrote: In the movie it looks like the J-565 has a (doorlock) keyhole a few inches above the Doorhandle, which the J-533 (as shown on the photos) has not.
Matt


Matt,
I almost thought we have found some difference between these two cars, but as we can see in this photo, J-533 HAS the keyhole in the right door as it appears in the movie.
Now I checked the photos of all 4 of these Rollston CCs and all of them have the keyhole in the right door but in the left door not.



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24 Dec 2011 01:59 #21721 by Commodore
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Thanks everyone for the great information! Now to answer some questions. To Steve Derus, yes that was my father?s Duesenberg. Silverghost questions:

Do you have any idea when your Father first bought this super car?

No, but Mr. Summers says 1944.

Did he own it very long?

If Mr. Summers is correct eleven years. I know that my father drove it from Dayton Ohio to Los Angeles at least once.

Did you ever drive it yourself?

No, I was only six when my father sold it. I have no memory of ever riding in it.

How much did he sell it for used in 1955?

The figure my family has is $1200.

Does the Spanish style home in the last photo still exists today?

I don?t know. The only information on it I have is that it was located on Sierra Bonita St. in probably North Hollywood CA.

Do you know who this super Model "J" was originally built for?

There is a website that says that this car was built for Audrey Ruth Meyer. The wife of Forrest Edward Mars, Sr. who was the driving force behind the Mars candy empire.

Steve Marshall

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24 Dec 2011 02:58 #21722 by Steve Derus
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Thanks Steve, that is great stuff.

In 1955 I was ten years old, but I still remember seeing your father's car when it was in Topanga Canyon. Is that where your family lived at the time? If not, wondering if you know how the car came to be sitting there outside under a tarp? From your father's photos its clear he had a high regard for the car and took good care of it. It looked pretty neglected when I saw it.


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Steve Derus

Also thanks for launching this thread, I've thoroughly enjoyed it and learned a thing or two.

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24 Dec 2011 03:35 #21724 by Chris Summers
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Steve, that is interesting you mention the drive from OH to CA. The original owner I have listed for the car is in OH. I always wondered about its accuracy given that all the other owners have been in CA/NV.

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