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Model J roadster identification

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07 Jun 2020 17:47 #40315 by Joel
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Hi I found this beautiful roadster picture on the internet. Can anybody identify the car?

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1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy Convertible Coupe
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08 Jun 2020 22:37 - 08 Jun 2020 22:47 #40322 by johnmereness
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Supposedly, when the car was new or near new it had a run in with a train, streetcar, or the like and as a result was fitted with a Packard Roadster body (I assume it to be a 1930 740 or 1930 840 series) that probably came off of a Packard chassis. I have heard tale of it being an undelivered body, but I did note that the first time when I saw the car as unrestored when you opened the doors it had script "Packard" door sill plates. I saw the car as unrestored at the home of Bill Bools (now deceased and who lived a couple of blocks from my parents - Bill was one of the first people who came over to my parent's house when we moved to Cincinnati and one of the few people I really could "talk" cars with to a level most people cannot). When I saw the car it was painted two shades of green (neither shade of green was as dark a green as it is today). The car was nicknames the Green .... - something or another and I do not recall now, but it should be researchable. When Bill died I assume his brother John Bools arranged for the car to be sold to Harry Yeaggy. I believe RM restorations restored the car and I want to say it made a limited appearance in "black" to have the World cringe (I could be wrong on this, but that is what I heard) and since has been re-re-restored in the current dark green. The first time I saw the car, Bill had bought a NOS 8" Single Pilot Ray Driving Lamp "Lights The Winding Way" from me and was working up a set of chrome plated wire wheels for the car (it had green painted wheels), metal Lyon brand sidemount covers, a luggage rack and luggage trunk, and was also working on installing a rumble seat windshield for it. I recall the car being as solid as anyone would ever want to find in an unrestored car. As far as unrestored cars go, the only thing objectionable was the battery box cover had apparently come into contact with the battery and it had seen a lot of "heat" as a result.

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08 Jun 2020 22:42 #40323 by johnmereness
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08 Jun 2020 22:46 #40324 by Joel
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Thank you so much for the detailed reply, John. That's great info, you are a wealth of knowledge. I'm sure is a nice looking car in my opinion.

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14 Jun 2020 23:50 #40370 by Mike Dube
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John,

I suspect you already know the "the Packard Body," as phrase I often heard used in connection with the car was owned for many years by multiple Duesenberg owner Melvin Clemans of West Virginia. For many years, this car was driven to the Auburn reunion running with J-357, the Murphy convertible Coupe currently owned by Ed Minnie

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19 Jun 2020 13:46 - 19 Jun 2020 13:47 #40388 by johnmereness
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Mike, I had no idea the car had ever been to an ACD meet - it struck me not as a "barn find", but as a car that had been well enough kept, though not on the road for eons. Bill said it ran and I saw it had a new battery in it, but I discounted that quickly.

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