In 1970 I made trip from Seattle to Mass. in the quest of Lozier parts. To defray costs I hauled some parts from Seattle to Al Ferrara in Ohio. Al was kind enough to show me his collection and had four Dusenbergs. After getting back to Seattle my dad and I heard of a Dusenberg for sale in the Seattle area. The asking price was $25,000. It was owned by a guy who sold trailers in the South Seattle area, near the airport. Even before I looked at it, I called Al and offered him the lead. At that time he wasn't interested. I tried to talk my dad into buying it, but he liked Model A Fords, ( they were fun and a lot cheaper!). I kept after him to at least go and look at it and finally after a few months of my hounding, he called the guy to check up on the Duesy.
By a very odd coincidence the owner told my dad that the car had been sold, the day before! He said it had been offered to several local collectors but no one was interested. He did say we could come over and look at it before it was to be shipped to Albequerqe? We went and looked at it. It was modified with additional metal on the front fenders making skirts on them. I also remember the grill had been modified with more metal. The owner said these changes were made before he got the car because supposedly this car was involved in a wreck with one of the Dusenberg brothers at the wheel. It was a convertible coupe with rumble seat. The front fenders and grill were the only modifications I remember. I think it was painted green.
The owner told us he had told everyone he wanted $25K, but had no takers. Then he got a call from a guy in NM who wanted to come up a see it. He did and when he asked how much, the owner said $30K on a whim and the guy said, "Okay". The owner was shocked and happy. The new buyer said he was sending a truck to get it the following week. We got to see it just in time.
I told my dad several times we should have bought it! Oh well!
There is a little more to the story...the owner had taken the Dusenberg in on trade for a new trailer in about 1958. He also took on trade toward the same trailer, a 1930 Pierce Arrow four door sedan, and a Pierce Arrow travel trailer. He allowed $500.00 for each item in trade!!!! I never saw the PA travel trailer, but he did end up storing the PA sedan in my dad's large garage for about 15 years.
I know this isn't much info regarding the Dusenberg, but I am wondering if it is enough for anyone to figure out what happened to it and where it is now? I failed to take any pictures of it. I often remind dad of the value of a Dusey today verses the Model A's we had back then, even though we had several roadsters, sedans and a touring.