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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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I didn't take any photos. The Duesenberg has been owned by people named Brown, Bauer and Pettit, and the Bentley was in Le Mans in 1929, if that will help. I think both cars are on the conceptcarz.com site.

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Derham only did the updates on the Duesenberg (skirts and a few other things). It's a LeBaron body. Interesting history on it.

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The post war "Derham cars" were NOT Derham built cars, but Derham MODIFIED cars. There is a GREAT difference.

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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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The post war "Derham cars" were NOT Derham built cars, but Derham MODIFIED cars. There is a GREAT difference.

Kind of a moot point, since Duesenberg went out of business before the war.

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