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  • RefCode: TA1092389
  • Make: DUESENBERG
  • Model: MODEL J
  • Category: Saloon
  • Year: 1,932
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: See Photo/Text
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: N/A
  • Currency: USD
  • Auction: 5th/6th Oct 2017 - RM Auctions - Hershey Sale

To be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at RM Sotheby's Hershey event, October 5-6, 2017.Estimate:$750,000 - $1,000,000 USOffered from The Thomas F. Derro CollectionThe famed, world-traveling "Countess Anna Ingraham" DuesenbergOne of the most expensive Model Js ever producedElaborately trimmed one-off coachwork by J. Gerald KirchoffOriginal chassis, engine, and bodyOnly six owners from newThe famed ads may have said "She Drives a Duesenberg," but Countess Anna Ingraham, heiress to the American clock and watch fortune, did not drive herself. For that, she had J. Gerald Kirchhoff, the man who had built her automobile's body with his own two hands, carefully crafting its unique coachwork at a cost of $25,000. Obviously he was impressed with his employer, and why shouldn't he have been? Photographs of her depict a white-haired lady of impressive, almost intimidating bearing, with clear dark eyes appraising the world from beneath a fur toque. She would have looked at home on the sun deck of aCunarderor strolling through the lobby of the Plaza.Kirchhoff had been given free rein to build the Countess an automobile full of pomp and circumstance. To use a cliché, it was built with bank vault-like quality, and indeed it contained a vault's worth of treasures, including hand-embroidered silk brocade upholstery, cabinetry of inlaid Birdseye maple as fine as any piece of antique furniture, and brass hardware plated in 24-karat gold. A color postcard of the 1960s shows the car still wearing its original finish, a bright metallic aqua! A massive trunk and rooftop luggage rack were installed to accommodate the vast quantities of luggage for planned European travels; a tank for potable water and solid disc wheels were fitted, for rough terrain and distant lands.Yes, J. Gerald Kirchhoff was impressed with Anna Ingraham, and with the writing on the wall for custom coachbuilders, he accepted her invitation to become her chauffeur. Together they traveled the world with the Model J, which crossed theAtlanticby ocean liner and proceeded to tour Europe. A full list of its destinations is not known, though at least one photograph survives of it in the shadow of Stonehenge.As World War II began to rage, Kirchhoff, Ingraham, and the Model J returned stateside in 1940. The car's travels, for then, were over, and after the Countess' passing in 1944, the Duesenberg was put into storage. It would eventually be sold in 1962 to the Powers Museum, near its original owner's Bristol, Connecticut, home, then several years later to early collector Anthony Pascucci. Pascucci, in turn, sold the Duesenberg in 1982 to Bernard Wajer of Maryland, who commissioned its restoration by the noted Al Pruett & Sons of Glen Rocks, Pennsylvania. Mr. Pruett displayed the car at numerous Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) meets, as well as several times in Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) and Auburn Cord Duesenberg (ACD) Club events, winning numerous awards. After 17 years of enjoyment, the car was purchased byThomas Derroin 1999, and has now remained in his wonderful collection, with only occasional concours outings, for another 18 years.Having been conscientiously well-maintained by its owners and never allowed to decay, the Kirchhoff town car is remarkably intact, including all of its priceless original trim hardware; even enough of the original upholstery survived to enable patterns for its recreation, in Italy. Its drivetrain is fully original and "matching," and the body remains in its original configuration, aside from skirted fenders added later in the 1930s and a set of more elegant wire wheels. Accompanying the car are numerous original Kirchhoff delivery photographs acquired from the coachbuilder's estate, a sample of the original interior fabric, and even a framed photograph of the Countess, as well as period luggage.Well known to Duesenberg cognoscenti, the Kirchoff town car has appeared in such works as Don Butler's Auburn Cord Duesenberg (p. 273), Josh B. Malks' Illustrated DuesenbergBuyer's Guide(p. 99), and Fred Roe's Duesenberg: The Pursuit of Perfection (p. 138).Whether or not it was the most expensive Duesenberg ever built is perhaps up for debate, but no other Model J packs the sheer visual force of Countess Anna Ingraham's J-497. It is a car purpose-built for grand entrances at the end of long journeys. One imagines that Countess Anna, wherever she might be, and her coachbuilder-cum-chauffeur would like that very much. To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/.

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  • RefCode: TA1092393
  • Make: DUESENBERG
  • Model: MODEL J
  • Category: Saloon
  • Year: 1,935
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: See Photo/Text
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: N/A
  • Currency: USD
  • Auction: 5th/6th Oct 2017 - RM Auctions - Hershey Sale

To be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at RM Sotheby's Hershey event, October 5-6, 2017.Estimate:$1,500,000 - $2,000,000 USPlease note that Internet bidding is not available for this lot. Interested parties that are unable to attend the sale may register to bid by telephone or place a commission bid online at rmsothebys.com.Offered from The Thomas F. Derro CollectionOne-off European coachwork on the long-wheelbase Model J chassisMatching numbers with original frame, firewall, engine, and bodyExceptional restoration by Brian Joseph's Classic & Exotic ServiceMultiple national award-winner with striking beautyAuburn Cord Duesenberg (ACD) Club Certified Category One (D-081)The final standard Model J shipped to Europe, chassis number 2548 was mounted with engine J-519 and tested by the factory on 11 September 1933, then shipped on 9 February 1934. It arrived, like most European Duesenbergs, at E.Z. Sadovich's Motors Deluxe dealership in Paris, which commissioned its coachwork from the renownedBelgianfirm of d'Ieteren.The body that d'Ieteren produced, striking in its clean curves, manages to both conceal the size of the car while also leaving an impression of power and beauty. The windshield wraps cleanly into the doors, in the style of a Dietrich Packard, while the raised top forms a cohesive curve that continues down into the streamlined rear deck. Interestingly, while many Duesenbergs of the period were largely skinned in aluminum, the d'Ieteren body is all steel, resulting in exceptional strength and rigidity. The body was originally finished in two shades of tan, with a dark blue frame, and, interestingly enough, sported Model J rear bumpers on both ends.Motors Deluxe delivered the car in October 1935 to a Monsieur Addes, who had homes in the Netherlands and at the Hotel Majestic on Paris' Avenue Kleber. It is believed that the Duesenberg subsequently moved to his Dutch home, as its second owner, L.R. Boissevain, also had a residence in that country.Post-World War II, the Model Jwasexported to North America and purchased by Arthur James "Jim" Hoe, of the Hoe Sportcar Garage in Weston, Connecticut, the most well-known Duesenberg specialist of his time. Hoe subsequently sold the car to William Crossett of Pennsylvania, an early and highly regarded member of the Classic Car Club of America, in whose name the CCCA now bestows an award for the finest Classic completing its first CARavan.Mr. Crossett participated in several early CARavans with his Model J, as did the next owner, the equally well-known Bill Kranz of Bay Village, Ohio, who purchased the car from Mr. Crossett in 1973. Mr. Kranz eventually elected to have the Model J restored, spending $9,000, a fortune at the time, to paint it two-tone red with a tan interior. In this form the car won many awards, was photographed for numerous books and calendars by the late Nicky Wright, and, in 1986, joined the late Rick Carroll's extensive Duesenberg collection in Jensen Beach, Florida.After Mr. Carroll's passing in 1989,hisstable was sold at a landmark sale held by Sotheby's in West Palm Beach. The Duesenberg was acquired there by Jerry J. Moore of Houston, Texas, the most famous Model J connoisseur of his era, who eventually owned some 35 examples. He displayed the car until the late 1990s, then sold it to Dr. Joseph Murphy of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.By this time the car's original restoration was showing its age, and Dr. Murphy commissioned Duesenberg authority Brian Joseph of Classic & Exotic Service in Troy, Michigan, to return it to original condition.In a recent conversation Mr. Joseph noted that the car remained very solid, thanks to d'Ieteren's exceptional workmanship, and that all of the original sheet metal was able to be preserved aside from the very edges of the doors and fenders. The entire chassis and running gear were fully restored, with the frame being finished before the body was installed, just as d'Ieteren had done it in 1935. The body itself was finished in an elegant and subtle two-toneblue,hues chosen by General Motors designer David Holls, and regained its original bumper arrangement and correct European-delivery Marchal headlamps. Dr. Murphy exhibited his Duesenberg at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, winning 2nd in Class in 1998.The cabriolet was acquired by Thomas F. Derro in 2000, and has remained in his wonderful collection for 17 years. During that time it was only selectively displayed, always at major East Coast concours, including at Greenwich in 2003 and 2007 (Chairman's Choice), and at Radnor Hunt in 2006 (Radnor Award). The car wears a CCCA Senior Premier badge, no. 96, from Mr. Kranz's ownership.Very well known in Model J circles, the d'Ieteren cabriolet is pictured in Dennis Adler's Duesenberg (p. 261), Griffith Borgeson's Errett Lobban Cord (pp. 246-247), Josh B. Malks' Illustrated Duesenberg Buyer's Guide (p. 118), and Fred Roe's Duesenberg: The Pursuit of Perfection (p. 221). Its restoration remains virtually flawless and show-worthy, and indeed, whenmovedfrom the Derro Collection recently, it fired right up and drove well, indicative of the care that it has received.European-bodied Duesenbergs are few and far between, and seldom have the smooth and sensual lines of this one-off, numbers-matching cabriolet, which has enjoyed only the finest of care by great American enthusiasts for the last six decades. To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/.

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