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  Duesenberg SJ Rollson Fully Collapsible Town Car
 

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Country of origin:United States
Produced in:1940
Numbers built:1
Designed by:Rollson from sketches by Rudolf Bauer
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:October 24, 2005
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Chassis: 2563 J-397
Shortly after the production of the Duesenberg J ceased a wealthy German interest expressed his interest in acquiring a Duesenberg of his own. A 1931 demonstrator was still in the factory with a damaged cylinder and its LeBaron body removed and fitted on another chassis. Bauer went ahead and bought the chassis from Felz Motors who had purchased many of the chassis for spares. The extravagant German had the chassis lengthened and the engine patched up, ready to receive its new body.

Bauer himself had drawn up the designs for his Duesenberg and wanted Germany's finest coachbuilder Erdmann & Rossi to execute the body. In March 1938 the chassis was moved by rail to New York to be shipped to Germany, but the escalating situation in Europe convinced Bauer to stay in the United States. He now turned to Rollson, the reorganized coachbuilder previously known as Rollston, to complete his body. Early in 1940 the 'last' Duesenberg was completed and Bauer took delivery of one of the most striking of them all.

What Bauer had tried to achieve was to build the longest car ever to hit the road and had done so by actual lengthening and applying some visual tricks. One of these 'tricks' was the absence of running boards, which together with moving the spare tires to the back of the car gave the impression of a massive wheelbase. The nose longer as well with a new grill mounted in front of the radiator. To top things off he had the largest example of Duesenberg's traditional radiator ornament made. The interior was relatively straightforward, except for the purple upholstery.

In a stunningly original condition this unique creation was on show at the 2005 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, where it was entered in the preservation class and received a second in class award. It is seen here at Pebble Beach.


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  Article Image gallery (6) 2563 J-397 Specifications