This Duesenberg Model J with chassis 2305 comes from the marque’s best customer, Capt. George Whittell Jr., an extravagant spender and socialite. Whittell ordered this new as a series of seven Model J’s from legendary designer Franklin Hershey. The style and bodywork offered here were considered ahead of their time for the way the entire car was built without structural woodwork. Hershey introduced doors that would curve into the roof of the car and provide several extra inches of room for easier entry and exit. This feature not only exemplified Duesenberg’s revolutionary designs, but also pioneered the automobile industry’s shift to a more aerodynamic form. Believed to be gifted new to Whittell’s mistress, the Model J has seen its fair share of outstanding collector ownership by such noted figures as J.B. Nethercutt, Bill Harrah, and Oscar Davis. In 1996, it was restored by premier Duesenberg specialist Chris Charlton and has maintained its pristine condition with all of its major components still intact. The Model J has long been considered the crown jewel of the classic era and is sure to make waves at Pebble Beach.
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