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Lot Number
Coachwork in the Style of Derham
1936 Duesenberg Model JN LWB Tourster
The Pacific Grove Auction

ESTIMATE: $750,000 - $950,000
• 1 of just 10 of the sought-after JN models built
• 1 of only 3 long wheelbase examples
• Original chassis, engine, transmission, firewall and more
• Significant as it is the last Duesenberg JN sold to the public
• Well-maintained and ready for shows and events

420 cid DOHC inline eight-cylinder engine, single Stromberg downdraft carburetor, 265 HP at 4,200 RPM, three-speed manual transmission, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes, live-axle suspension with semi-elliptic leaf springs and double-action hydraulic-lever shock absorbers; wheelbase: 153.4”

The Duesenberg Model J was conceived and executed to be superlative in all aspects. Its short wheelbase chassis was 142½”, nearly twelve feet. Another eleven inches were added to the long wheelbase frame, large and robust enough to accommodate the most commodious and luxurious coachwork of the era. The dual-overhead camshaft straight eight-cylinder engine had four valves per cylinder and displaced 420 cubic-inches. It made 265 horsepower, more than double the power of its next closest competitor. The finest materials were used throughout; fit and finish were to toolroom standards. Each chassis was driven at speed for 100 miles at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Rolling chassis were clothed by the best coachbuilders around the world including well-known companies such as Derham and Rollston. Amongst all the Model J series cars, only 10 were designated JNs, all of which carried Rollston coachwork.

J575 has a long and well-known history. It was the last long wheelbase car to leave the factory and, by several accounts, the last Duesenberg to be sold to the public. It left the factory with Rollston Berline coachwork, body number 566 and had all the JN upgrades including more modern skirted fenders, 17-inch wheels and sleeker running boards concealing the frame rails.

According to ACD Club Historians Don Howell and Ray Wolff, J575 was purchased new by Mary Farney of California. She was well-known in society for the number of marriages she had, which was believed to be seven at the time of her death. Farney owned J575 for many years and eventually after moving to Chicago, traded it in to a dealer and collector John Troka. Troka owned J575 until late 1953 or early 1954. Records indicate that he sold the car not once, but twice, and almost immediately bought it back both times perhaps having a bad case of seller’s remorse or just being a dealer who wasn’t afraid to keep a car he loved. Troka would sell the car for the last time on July 4th, 1969, as it needed restoration. Ken Gardner purchased the car and immediately commenced a restoration. The body was taken off the chassis and placed into storage. The chrome and brightwork were sent off for restoration and the fenders, hood, chassis (with firewall, engine, transmission still attached) went to the mechanic shop. The instruments and interior were removed and were sent off to various specialists for restoration. That is when tragedy struck.

The building housing the Rollston body caught fire. Everything in the building was destroyed. Only through the miracle of timing were the remaining parts of the car untouched and safe. Virtually everything including hood, wheels, frame, engine, suspension, firewall, fenders, interior, brightwork survived intact, having been out at various shops for the restoration. Only the tub of the body itself was lost.

The Derham Tourster-style body tub was built by Carl L. Amsley in c. 1971. Virtually everything else is original to this car making it one of the most complete and correct of any Duesenberg carrying non-original coachwork. Post restoration, the car was acquired by noted collector Richard (Dick) Boeshore of Lebanon, Pennsylvania. Dick kept the car three decades before selling it in 2001. The car stayed in Pennsylvania and went to its next caretaker, Michael Longfield. He kept the car slightly over a decade and then sold it through a broker to a legendary pre-war collector in New Hampshire and further to a private collection in Connecticut, where it has been well-maintained since.

The ACD Club Duesenberg historian was called in and asked to look over and report on J575. His findings confirmed what has long been known about the car. The car does, in fact, have its aforementioned original engine, chassis, transmission, crankshaft, firewall, fenders, wheels, interior, instrumentation and brightwork - all original and not reproduction. The car presents today handsomely restored, serviced and detailed. It would be welcome at a large roster events including CCCA CARavans, Duesenberg tours as well as concours and shows throughout North America.

The car is of such high quality that it garnered a National First Place award at the 1978 AACA National Meet in Hershey, Pennsylvania. As such, it was also featured in the Antique Automobile Magazine Volume 42, number five.

The first Model J Duesenberg (J101) resides in the William Lyon Collection and will not likely be offered again to the public. The example offered here, J575, being the absolute last car of the special Model JN series, presents a unique and significant opportunity to acquire the last of legacy, the Mighty Model J Duesenberg.

1936 Duesenberg Model JN LWB Tourster
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