DuesenBlog: Duesenberg News - 2005

( Dec 2005 ) Duesenberg Custom Coach has announced that the Duesenberg II® Murphy Coupe is being resurrected, built on a Ford drive train.  They also announced that a "Duesenberg Torpedo® Coupe" was in the works with a Jan 2007 market introduction planned. See more here

( Oct 2005 ) Gooding & Co. offered a 1933 Murphy bodied Disappearing Top SJ ( J498, Chassis 2518 ) for auction at the 2005 Pebble Beach Auction in August 2005.  It sold for $2,200,000 (Lot 45.)

( Oct 2005 ) October also saw the sale of two more Duesenbergs at the Hershey Auction (Oct  5-8, 2005).  A 1930 Murphy bodied long wheel base (LWB) Town Car ( J381, Chassis 2401 ) brought $660,000.  J276, a LeGrande bodied Dual Cowl Phaeton brought $698,500.  A second body was included in the sale -- the originally mounted Willoughby five passenger Berline with blind rear quarters.  In "Duesenberg" Adler gives the chassis as 2296, a LWB chassis.

( Aug 2005 ) RM Auctions announced the results of the recent Meadowbrook Auction.  Two Duesenbergs were sold. Lot 60, J582, a 1935 SJ LaGrande Torpedo Phaeton, sold for $1,650,000. Lot 100, J194, a Murphy bodied 1929 J convertible coupe, went for $825,000. 

( Aug 2005 ) As reported by the Detroit Free Press, WDIV, and WXYZ, a 1929 Duesenberg was involved in a crash that was fatal to three of the five Duesenberg occupants.  Husband, wife, and son of the Patton family were killed when the Duesenberg they were riding in rolled after a collision with a Volvo.  Two daughters survived.  Patton had celebrated the completion of the restoration of the Duesenberg by taking his family of five for a ride.

Negligent homicide charges have been filed. ( Sept 2005 )  

Donations can be sent to:

Patton Family Memorial Fund
c/o IAFF Local 401
525 W. Michigan Ave.
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Patton Family Memorial Fund
Ypsilanti Area Federal Credit Union
424 S. Mansfield Street
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

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