Gary Cooper's 1935 Duesenberg SSJ

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04 Jun 2013 04:28 #25333 by maxkalba
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A big thanks to Chris Summers who has identified by grandfather's car as the famous SSJ owned by Gary Cooper. I believe he was the third owner in the early 1940's before he went off to war. This ends years of searching and guessing to exactly which model he owned. Thanks Chris!

Wish he hadn't sold it... <!-- s:shock: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_eek.gif" alt=":shock:" title="Shocked" /><!-- s:shock: -->

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04 Jun 2013 13:53 #25335 by silverghost
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Fantastic Duesenberg~~~an all time favorite !

Fun little known fact~~~

Actor Gary Cooper was a very close personal friend to early Mega Antique & Classic car collector, and the Southampton Long Island NY Antique Automobile Museum, owner Henry Austin Clark Jr.
They both shared a love for these great old cars.
Gary Cooper was a real car & performance speed nut all his life !

Mr. Cooper would visit "Uncle Austie" at his home, or museum, very often when he was visiting in the New York area.

As I may have mentioned before my Father Arthur Hunter Jr. was a very distant family relation to Austie's wife who's maiden name was Waleta Hunter !

Dad & I once actually met Mr. Cooper at "Uncle" Austie's museum one Saturday while on one of our many visits to Austie's auto museum.

Gary Cooper was a very kind & modest man~~~
He was very much like his movie actor persona.
What a great fellow indeed !
He was very kind to Dad & I.
I guess I was only about five years old at the time but he made a Giant impression on me as a small child who loved Western cowboy movies.
We have a few snapshots in Dad's old files of our visit that very day with Austie & Mr. Cooper !

Gary Cooper was a Real cowboy as he was raised on his parent's ranch in Montana !

We all,~~~ the four of us, also rode in several of Uncle Austie's old cars & his fire engine around the museum property that day.
Here we were like Four litte kids riding in "Uncle" Austie's great cars together~~~
Austie, my Dad, Mr. Gary Cooper~~~and myself !

Of course I was the only Real little kid that day~~~
But you would never had known it from the looks on All our faces~~~~We were all having "A BIG TIME" using Mr. Cooper's very words about those great rides on that very Saturday !
What memory could have been better for a ittle kid like myself than that Day in the very late 1950s early 1960s ?

Another little known fact~~~

Gary Cooper was actually burried in Southampton Long Island New York not very far from Austie's former museum site & Austie's mansion home at the Sacred Heart Cemetary Southampton Long.Island.~ N. Y.
I believe "Uncle" Austie had something directly to do with Mr. Cooper actually being burried there~~~as Mr. Cooper had actualy died In L. A. Calif .
His wife & daughter later moved back to New York area which is where her family was originally from I believe ?
Her parents were old socialite friends of the Clark family who were owners of the giant Jack Frost Sugar empire.

After Gary Cooper's un-timely passing, at I believe only age 60, "Uncle" Austie told us he would often, almost every week, visit his close friend's nearby grave~~~and always taking one of Mr. Cooper's favorite Antique ,or Classic, museum car autos along on the visits with him !
"Uncle" Austie really always missed his old friend~~~~

R.I.P~~~ Mr. Gary Cooper !

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04 Jun 2013 14:46 #25336 by Bob Roller
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Other than a "test" drive on a parking lot in 1987,has anyone ever really
given this car a real,foot to the floor road test or for that matter,the other SSJ erroneously credited to Clark Gable?

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04 Jun 2013 15:51 #25337 by maxkalba
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Great stories silverghost!

I've read that article in Special Interest Autos 8-87 where John W. Burgess compared Bob Estes' SJ with the SSJ and said the SSJ "blew the doors off of Bob's car". John also said he went 126.6mph on Muroc Dry Lake in J-563.

Does anyone have any picture of Gary Cooper with his SSJ? I haven't come across one pic on the internet.

-Kurt Kahl

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04 Jun 2013 16:19 #25338 by silverghost
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Thank You sir~~~

Your father Never should have sold that Spectacular "SSJ" Duesenberg ! ! !


Does anyone know how many model "J" Duesenbergs
Gary Cooper owned in his lifetime ?

What were their "J" Numbers ?

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04 Jun 2013 19:19 #25339 by RandyEma
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Cooper owned J431 Derham tourster and J563 LaGrande swb speedster. R

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