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Posted By: John Merritt
Posted On: Saturday June 8, 2019 at 8:31 PM
 
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PICs - Gilmore Exihibit: Duesenberg Part 4
GILMORE CAR MUSEUM
Hickory Corners, Michigan

DUESENBERG: Celebrating an American Classic

The Gilmore Museum has put together a special exhibit featuring eighteen Classic American automobiles; Duesenberg.
Commemorating the 90th anniversary of one the Gilmore’s most famous cars, the 1929 Duesenberg J-111 is joined by other fabulous examples from around the country for an impressive display of power and beauty.
This display of these unique automobiles is featured in the Heritage Center Main Gallery.

1929 Duesenberg J-175 Murphy Dual Cowl Phaeton
Body by Walter M. Murphy Co. – Pasadena, CA …Chassis: 2196
A MEMBER OF THE FAMILY
This prized possession has been in the hands of the Letts family since 1954 when Charles and Jutta Letts purchased it after seeing it listed in the used car section of the New York Times. Charles and Jutta bought the car from Mr. Robert Croft of New York and drove it 600 miles overnight to Birmingham, Michigan. The Duesenberg remained a special memory for Mr. Croft, who called Letts in 1986 on his 76th birthday and again on his 86th birthday to arrange a visit to see “his car” and to drive it again. The Duesenberg’s original owner was S.L. “Roxy” Rothafel, a New York movie theatre magnate know for the Roxy Theatre and Radio City Music Hall.
This multiple award-winning car is more than a classic automobile that the Letts’ family has owned for 64 years, it is a family member! Duesenberg J-175 remains the one and only “Full Classic” owned by the Letts family.

Information provided by the Gilmore Car Museum.


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PICs - Gilmore Exihibit: Duesenberg Part 4 by John Merritt #42709
Both are works of art! (EOM) by John Bono #42709.1
Many thanks for posting all of these Duesenberg pix, John by Bruce Gibbins #42709.2




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