William Hunter , an older great-uncle once owned a Model "J" Duesenberg in the late 1930s-just before WW II He was not the original buyer/owner.
He owned several business enterprizes & was also a President of a Pa. Steel Company.
He is said to have bought this car used off a Ford dealer's used car lot ! My late Father has photos of this car in a box someplace at home here.
I will look for them !
It is an open-style tourer with cochwork possibly built by Derham Body/ Coachworks in Rosemont PA according to Dad's past memory of this great auto.
Dad drove it many times !
There is a great old family story, with photos to back it up, of "Big Bill" Hunter hauling a giant cut Christmas Tree IN and ON this great Model "J" Duesenberg !
When WW II broke-out William Hunter was forced to sell because of his war work.
The car was supposedly sold for very little money as compared to it's initial purchase price. It sold in the early 40s , to of all people, Howard Hughes who is said to have been a business associate & aviation friend of my great-uncle William Hunter ! I know Howard Hughes owned dozens of cars and gave Rolls~Royce Springfield cars to many of his "Girlfriends" !
He liked powerful fast cars !
The story of Hughes buying the car sounds possible ?
Can Chris Summers the ACD historian, or any of the Duesenberg "J" experts here trace this Model "J" from extant Duesenberg ownerhip records ?
Sadly I do not know it's "J" number.
Who was this Model "J" s original owner ?
Any owners prior to William "Big Bill" Hunter ?
How about owners after Wiliam Hunter ?
Are there any extant photos or owner records of this model "J" at any time during it's history?
Does it still exist today ?
Where is it today ?
Any Photos ?
I sure hope it still exists ! ~
As I would like to contact the present owner with some old 30s photos and info that we have on this Model "J" and my great uncle William "Big Bill " Hunter.
Any info or photos of this Model "J" Duesenberg greatly appreciated !
I really wish old uncle Bill had not sold this great auto !
Thank You :