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  Duesenberg JN Bohman & Schwartz Convertible Coupe
 

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Country of origin:United States
Produced in:1935
Numbers built:1
Designed by:Wellington Everett Miller for Bohman & Schwartz
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:March 14, 2013
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Chassis: 2585 J-560
In collaboration with trusted coach-builder Rollston, Duesenberg launched the JN in 1935. Mechanically identical to the earlier J, the 'new' Duesenberg came with three standard bodies that featured a more aerodynamic shape and smaller wheels. The featured example was the second of four 'Convertible Coupes' produced by Rollston. Completed in December of 1935, it was delivered new to famous Hollywood actor Clark Gable early the following month. He was not entirely happy with his new acquisition, which apparently leaked even with the roof up, so he sent it to Bohman & Schwartz for extensive modifications.

The local coach-builder's chief designer Wellington Everett Miller worked closely with Gable to ensure the actor's every need was met. Among the numerous changes were a dramatically raked windshield and obviously a new roof. Further addition to the original design were an elongated engine cover complete with external exhaust pipes and V-shaped intakes, and spats on the rear wheels. Once completed, the heavily revised Convertible Coupe was finished in a monochromatic colour scheme, and unusually the radiator cowling was also pointed.

Now much happier with his Duesenberg, Gable extensively used the Convertible Coupe far many years to come. Still in its original Rollston configuration, he had used the Duesenberg on his first date with his future wife Carole Lombard and after she died in an airplane crash in 1942, Gable never drove the car again. It was eventually sold later in the 1940s and in the following years passed through various hands including noted Duesenberg collector Charles H. Johnson Jr. and more recently the Blackhawk collection where it remained on display until acquired by the current owner in 2006.

Immediately after obtaining the ex-Clark Gable Duesenberg, the new custodian entrusted it to Stone Barn Automobile Restorations for a complete restoration. The car was ready in time for the 2007 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance where Duesenberg was the featured marque. The striking machine was awarded the Gwenn Graham Most Elegant Convertible Trophy. In the following years, it also won 'Best of Show' at Amelia Island and Meadow Brook.


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