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Wild Goose Chase


jeff_a
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Last winter someone named Kent kept telling me to go over to Missoula, Montana and look for some auto repair shop with a couple of old Packards on display in a showroom out front. Went to Missoula a month ago armed with vague directions and couldn't find it. Tried yesterday afternoon on foot....and found the shop. Struck out on the Packards, but what I found was equally interesting: a 1928 Bentley 4 1/2 Liter "Bobtail"(ex-Le Mans works car) and a '29 Duesenberg Derham Phaeton(J-270).

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Bill Pettit was from Louisa, Virginia, he had three Duesenbergs, including the last one built in the late 30's....along with 100 other collectible and desirable early cars....he sold all but about 14 or 15 of them, moved to Florida, and died a few years ago. I did upholstery and tops on two of his cars, a '37 Cord phaeton and a Packard Darrin.....

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