Keno Brothers reveal two more cars for first New York auction

The Lamborghini Miura was a groundbreaking statement of supercar design and performance | Keno Brothers photos
The Lamborghini Miura was a groundbreaking statement of supercar design and performance | Keno Brothers photos

The Keno Brothers, who are gradually rolling out the details of their inaugural Rolling Sculpture Auction of “40 significant vehicles” in November, have presented two more of the classic offerings that will roll across the block in Soho, New York.

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Man buys ’29 Duesenberg previously owned only by women

1929 Duesenberg Model J sells for $2.53 million at Morphy Auction | Morphy Auctions photos
1929 Duesenberg Model J sells for $2.53 million at Morphy Auction | Morphy Auctions photos

The objective news is that the 1929 Duesenberg Model J convertible coupe offered up for bidding this week at Morphy Auction’s 46-lot Premier Automobile Auction in Denver, Pennsylvania, sold for a strong $2.53 million.

But can we be forgiven for editorializing that we’re disappointed that after being previously owned by four women, the car sold to a man? Continue reading

Women-owners only Duesenberg headed to auction

1929 Duesenberg Model J has been owned by four people -- all women | Morphy Auctions photos
1929 Duesenberg Model J has been owned by four people — all women | Morphy Auctions photos

We who cover the collector car hobby write a lot about provenance and the effect of such things as ownership history on a car’s value when it is put up for sale. So it will be more than interesting to see what the extremely unusual ownership history of a particular 1929 Duesenberg Model J brings when the car crosses the block October 11 at Morphy Auctions’ Premier Automobile Auction in Denver, Pennsylvania.

The Dusie, with unrestored (original) convertible coupe bodywork (with rumble seat) by Murphy, has had four owners — and all of them have been women. Continue reading

Gary Cooper’s Duesenberg SSJ to appear at Arizona Concours

 The 1935 Duesenberg SSJ was originally owned by film legend Gary Cooper | Revs Institute photos
The 1935 Duesenberg SSJ was originally owned by film legend Gary Cooper | Revs Institute photos

Of all the American brands from the Classic Era, none rivals that of Duesenberg, then or now. The third-annual Arizona Concours d’Elegance honors “Duesie” with its own featured class on Sunday, January 24, 2016, and a number of spectacular examples already have been entered.

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ACD Museum digitizing its archives

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The cars of Indiana | ACD Museum Photo

The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum is hosting History on the Rocks, a fundraising effort Friday to help the museum digitize its archival collections. Guests in attendance will be treated to cocktail sampling, hors d’oeuvres, and live galleries throughout the museum.

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Will ex-Veeck Duesenberg hit home run at Auburn auction?

1929 Murphy-bodied Duesenberg Model J has ties to major league baseball team-owner Bill Veeck Jr. | Auctions America photos
1929 Murphy-bodied Duesenberg Model J has ties to major league baseball team-owner Bill Veeck Jr. | Auctions America photos

Yes, it only makes sense to offer a sensational 1929 Duesenberg Model J for sale at an auction held during the annual Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival in Auburn, Indiana. And this one is, indeed, sensational — a Murphy-bodied convertible coupe in a silver finish that makes the car appear to be glowing.

But while it was the photographs that caught my eye as I paged through the Auctions America Auburn Fall sale catalog, it was the words that really got my attention, especially when I read, “It is hard to imagine the effect that chassis no. 2168 must have had on its next owner, William Veeck Junior…” Continue reading

Old guard rules as Duesenberg, Bugatti win at Concours of America

1929 Duesenberg and 1937 Bugatti 57SC Atalante judged best in show at Detroit's concours | Kevin A. Wilson photos
1929 Duesenberg and 1937 Bugatti 57SC Atalante judged best in show at Detroit’s concours | Kevin A. Wilson photos

Pebble Beach may have been ready for a break with tradition last year when it awarded its coveted best of show award to a post-WWII Ferrari, but that hasn’t marked a sea-change in the classic car hobby so far. Earlier this year, the Amelia Island show gave its top awards to a 1932 Alfa Romeo and a 1930 Cord and Sunday the judges at the Concours d’Elegance of America in Plymouth, Michigan, re-affirmed that the old guard still dominates. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Concours d’Elegance of America preview day

We’ve already reported on the preview day staged Wednesday for the Concours d’Elegance of America, the 37th annual automotive showcase to be held the weekend of July 24-26 at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, Michigan. But since we were there, not only with a notebook but a camera as well, we thought we’d share an Eye Candy gallery featuring the cars, motorcycle and hearse provided to whet interest in the main concours, as well as the other events that weekend. Continue reading

Supercharged sale: RM Sotheby’s previews its Motor City auction

Duesenberg's president owned this 1935 dual-cowl phaeton | RM photo by Darin Schnabel
Duesenberg’s president owned this 1935 dual-cowl phaeton | RM Sotheby’s photos (Darin Schnabel)

Supercharged cars from different eras highlight the docket for RM Sotheby’s annual Motor City auction, to be held July 25 in conjunction with the Concours d’Elegance of America at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, Michigan.

Representing the state of the supercharged automotive art and science of the 1930s is a 1935 Duesenberg Model SJ dual-cowl phaeton. Showing how things have changed, some would even say progressed, in the ensuing 70 years is a 2005 Ford GT. Continue reading

Classic Profile: 1921-26 Duesenberg Straight Eight

This Duesenberg Straight Eight has sedan bodywork by Charles Schutte | Courtesy of the author
This Duesenberg Straight Eight has sedan bodywork by Charles Schutte | Courtesy of the author

The Automobile Trade Journal of July 1, 1920, wrote, “The Duesenberg Automobile & Motors Corp. has bought a factory site in Indianapolis and plans 2,400 cars the first year of operation. In addition to a special Duesenberg engine, the car will be equipped with four-wheel brakes and an axle designed by Fred S. Duesenberg. The new car is stated to be 400 lbs lighter than those of similar power and will obtain from 18 to 22 miles on a gallon of gasoline.” Continue reading