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  • RefCode: TA1086435
  • Make: DUESENBERG
  • Model: MODEL J
  • Category: Saloon
  • Year: 1,929
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: See Photo/Text
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: N/A
  • Currency: USD
  • Auction: 18th Aug 2017 - RM Auctions - Monterey Auction

To be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sotheby's Monterey event, August 18-19, 2017.Estimate:$1,400,000 - $1,700,000 USInternet 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."The Baseball J," formerly owned by Philip K. Wrigley and Bill Veeck Jr.Long-term, well-known history, with some of the most desirable Model J coachworkProven concours award-winning restorationDriven reliably on the 2016 Duesenberg TourAuburn Cord Duesenberg Club Certified Category 1 (D-205)Duesenberg Model J number J-147 was originally delivered on 29 July 1929, to H. Leslie Atlass, a prominent pioneer of radio and television broadcasting in Chicago, carrying a "sweep panel" dual-cowl phaeton by LeBaron. Not long thereafter, Mr. Atlass met his friend, Philip K. Wrigley, heir to the chewing gum fortune and owner of the Chicago Cubs. Mr. Wrigley was himself the owner of a new Model J, Murphy convertiblecoupeJ-121. The two men came to prefer the bodies of one another's automobiles and arranged to trade the coachwork between their two cars. Thus, Mr. Atlass' J-147 was finally crowned with the handsome Murphy convertible coupe, which it retains to this day.The car was subsequently acquired by Bill Veeck Jr., another American baseball legend, known as "Sport Shirt Bill." Owner at various times of the Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Browns, and Chicago White Sox, he contributed widely to the sport during a long career, and is well-remembered by fans and historians alike. He enjoyed his Duesenberg until the start of World War II, at which point it was traded on a more fuel-efficient Mercury. Subsequently, frost damage to the engine was repaired by Chicago specialist John Troka with the block and crankshaft of J-245; that car's firewall, 2253, was also installed at the same time.Next, the Duesenberg passed in 1950 to Dave Farr, an early Duesenberg enthusiast in Hinsdale, Illinois, who would maintain itfor 13years. Later long-term owners included Jack Siler of Ohio, Motor Trend co-founder and longtime "Classic Comments" columnist Robert Gottlieb, and the Imperial Palace of Las Vegas.Robert Perry of Birmingham, Alabama, acquired the car in 2007, and submitted it to Al Prueitt & Sons of Glen Rock, Pennsylvania, which completed a full restoration, with the result being an appearance at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, in 2009, and an Amelia Award at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance in 2011. Later, the car received further authenticity and mechanical improvements at the hands of noted marque specialist Brian Joseph of Classic & Exotic Service.In this form, the Model J has been much-enjoyed by its current owner, and in 2016 was driven reliably on the Duesenberg Tour in Northern Michigan, covering thousands of miles with power and comfort. The Duesenberg is also recognized by the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club as a Category One Certified car, having been inspected and certified by the Club nofewerthan three times over the years.An exceptionally well-known, attractive Duesenberg, with a finely presented restoration and superb, interesting history, "The Baseball J" today awaits its latest proud owner. To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/.

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  • RefCode: TA1086443
  • Make: DUESENBERG
  • Model: MODEL A
  • Derivative: SPORTS
  • Category: Saloon
  • Year: 1,923
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: See Photo/Text
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: N/A
  • Currency: USD
  • Auction: 18th Aug 2017 - RM Auctions - Monterey Auction

To be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sotheby's Monterey event, August 18-19, 2017.Estimate:$350,000 - $400,000 USFormerly owned by the Killorin Family for 67 yearsOne of the most beautiful surviving Model AsStunningly restored; featured in numerous magazines and publicationsNot just an award winner, but a magnificent running and driving carClassic Car Club of America (CCCA) Full ClassicIn 1948, former Duesenberg test driver Karl Killorin acquired this Model A, chassis number 977, as a complete car sans body, including its original frame, drivetrain, engine, suspension, radiator, front fenders, and splash apron. A Cadillac touring body of the 1920s was adapted to the chassis, after which the "rolling restoration" hit the road and was enjoyed for five decades.At Karl Killorin's passing in 1989, the Model A was passed down to his son, Eric, who then began a fresh restoration. The heirloom car received only the best of workmanship, by the best specialists. For instance, the engine was rebuilt by JohnCislakand Holman Engineering with high-compression pistons, and it uses reliable era-correct SU carburetors and an improved exhaust manifold. The brakes are durable cast-iron drums. Sheet metal was restored by Steve Babinsky, while the beautiful paintwork was applied by Chris Charlton and the upholstery and top by Mike Lemire.Sold by Eric Killorin to its current owner in 2015, this Duesenberg is finished in a rich, very deep velvet green, with a concours-level oak green leather interior, and it presents beautifully in every regard. Among its show honors have been Best in Class at the 2011 Concours d'Elegance of America; First Junior at the ACD Club Reunion the same year; an AACA National Senior First Prize; and a 100-point score in CCCA National competition in 2012.Yet, the car is not just a showpiece; it is also proudly a well-maintained, fine runner and driver, as featured in numerous newspaper and magazine features. The car has been accorded CCCA Full Classic status, as documented by a letter onfile,and is therefore eligible both for National Level judging and CCCA CARavans. It is accompanied by a collection of documentation, as well as rare original sales, promotional, and ownership materials. Few Duesenberg Model As are ever offered at auction; fewer still have benefited from such long-term, continuous ownership, care, and enjoyment by skilled enthusiasts as this car, and even fewer are as remarkably beautiful, with excellent sporting lines that are flattered by having the top either up or down. None so uniquely possess the personal touches by a factory employee and owner.This is among the finest Model As ever offered for public sale. It would be well suited to any international concours, and it will mark a cornerstone acquisition for any Classic collection. To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/.

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