1932 Duesenberg Reassembled After Six Decades Awarded Best in Show at Pebble Beach Concours

NEW ONESYou can now listen to Fox News articles!

A unique car was named Best in Show on Sunday at the 2022 Pebble Beach Concours event in California, but it was two cars.

The 1932 American Duesenberg Model J features bodywork designed by Figoni et Falaschi in the style of sports torpedoes, open-top sports cars and bonnets raised at the waist for a streamlined look.

It was common at the time to buy a stripped chassis from a luxury car manufacturer and then have a custom body made by a specialist coachbuilder, and this is the first and only Duesenberg to be married to a body from Figoni et Falaschi.

Peruvian sugar heir Antonio Chopitea was the first owner of the car and competed with it in road races and competitions, Hagerty said.

NEW YORK CITY’S CHRYSLER IMPERIAL PARADE CAR HAS BEEN CARRYING AMERICA’S HEROES FOR 70 YEARS

This 1932 Deusenberg Model J has a body designed by the French coachbuilder Figoni et Falaschi.

This 1932 Deusenberg Model J has a body designed by the French coachbuilder Figoni et Falaschi.
(David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

A later owner had a new body designed in the 1960s and swapped the Figoni et Falaschi body for a different Model J chassis.

Three years ago, vintage car and boat collectors Lee and Penny Anderson bought both cars and brought the original body and chassis together through a full restoration.

The body was swapped on a different chassis in the 1960s and recently reunited with the original Duesenberg frame.

The body was swapped on a different chassis in the 1960s and recently reunited with the original Duesenberg frame.
(David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

“This rare Duesenberg combines American power with European style,” said Concours president Sandra Button. “It did well in a number of early rallies and competitions. Then its history took a turn, with the chassis separated from the body. The story of his resurrection is one of pure passion.”

MORE COLLECTOR AUTO NEWS FROM FOX NEWS DIGITAL

The Duesenberg was the first U.S. car to win Best in Show at the Pebble Beach event since a 1934 Packard in 2013. It is the brand’s seventh car to receive the honor, making Duesenberg the most successful U.S. brand to date. is up to now.

The car is the only Duesenberg with a Figioni et Falaschi body.

The car is the only Duesenberg with a Figioni et Falaschi body.
(David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

It is difficult to estimate the value of such a unique car, but a 1930 Model J with bodywork from California’s Walter M. Murphy Company was auctioned at the 2021 Gooding & Company event in Pebble Beach for $3,965,000 .

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

Lee Anderson told Hagerty that he wouldn’t reorganize the other chassis, “so people don’t get confused.”

Add a Comment

Your email address will not be published.