Restored by William F. Harrah in 1964 and on display in his museum in Nevada for many years, this 1928 Franklin 12B Sport Sedan is still in fabulous condition. Franklin was one of Harrah's favorites and the quality of the restorations that came from that shop is well known. We first saw this car in the museum in 1968, pursued it for many years, finally acquiring it some 10 years ago and have toured, shown and enjoyed the car in that time.
Mon May 06 2013 17:17:42 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
1967 Mercury S55 Convertible for sale by Significant Cars.
This Exceptional example has had a recent cosmetic restoration including new paint and top. With a known history from new, and having traveled through only a few owners, the provenance and documentation accompanying the car make it a rare find. The car runs and drives without fault and is ready for the show or tour circuit. This is the perfect Gentleman's Muscle Car with handling and ride one finds in a larger chassis, but with the punch necessary to be a real threat off the line!
Fri Mar 15 2013 21:01:46 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Corky Coker checks out the rubber on this 1930 Duesenberg Model J Dual Cowl Phaeton and yes, it’s rolling on Coker tires…..and wheels! It’s a top notch car owned by our buddy Richie Clyne and he wanted us to solve a problem with his old flat-base (lock ring) wire wheels, so we did just that! The elegant Phaeton now rolls on a set of rolled edge wire wheels made by Roadster Wire Wheel, and some of our new Firestone Balloon 700-17 double whitewall tires! It’s an amazing look, and we’re proud to have gotten this car back on the road! Check it out!
Sat Feb 23 2013 19:49:40 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
The Duesenberg Automobile & Motors Company produced some of the most luxurious cars of the early 20th century but couldn't survive the Great Depression. Randy Ema owns 28,000 of the company's original drawings, so he can produce brand-new parts for cars that are more than 75 years old.
Stepping through Ema's door is like entering Santa's workshop—if Santa had a serious thing for high-end antique cars. In one room, a drafting table holds a blueprint for some extinct part that's about to be reconstituted by Ema's craftsmen. In an adjacent room, a Bugatti motor sits on the floor next to a display case filled with old toy cars. Once you get past the museum-quality distractions out front—hey, is that a set of Duesenberg headers just hanging on the wall?—you're into the real action: the garage. Ema takes a photo of each car he's restored, and a far corner of the garage is wallpapered with snapshots of projects past.
Duesenbergs belong to a rarified league of automobiles. Founded in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1913 by brothers Friedrich and August Duesenberg, the company that bore their name created hand-built luxury performance cars on and off for 24 years. If you're lucky enough to own a Duesenberg (fewer than 1200 were made), Ema is the last word.
"I'm a historian," Ema says as we make our way toward the back of the shop. "History is a passion for me and has been since I was a little kid. I like an original piece because it's only original once."
Ema's never felt an urge to put his own riff on what the factories wrought, but one corner of his garage houses a personal project that allows some leeway for creative interpretation. "This is my hot rod," Ema says. "It's a '22 Duesenberg, but prior to 1934 someone cut the chassis and put a '28 Chrysler body on it." Today, fusing a Duesenberg and a Chrysler would constitute aesthetic and financial madness, but the chronological distance of that strange decision gives the car its own interesting story. And for Ema, that connects it spiritually to other Duesenbergs—each car was a reflection of its owner. Each car has a story.
"Nothing has come up to the standards of a Duesenberg," Ema says. "No two cars are the same. You have this wonderful high-performance chassis and the body of your choice. Even today, they're fast." Supercharged Duesenberg Model Js could hit 129 mph, making them the Bugatti Veyrons of their era and a high-water mark for the American car industry.
There are 378 Model Js still in existence and Ema has laid eyes on all but three. There's one Model A he hasn't seen and it's in Australia. Ema maintains a stash of original drawings, patterns, and blueprints, which he uses to create more than 1000 different parts to keep the world's Duesenbergs on the road. For all practical purposes, Randy Ema is Duesenberg, circa 2012.
While Ema's workshop could keep me entertained all day, I've got an appointment with another enthusiast almost 7 hours distant in San Francisco. The object of Jim Kanomata's expertise is certainly less exotic than a Duesy, but his affection for a very specific machine—the 1973 to 1978 GMC recreational vehicle—makes him a kindred spirit. So I bid farewell, fire up the RX-8, and merge onto I-5 north accompanied by the hard-edged, 9000-rpm song of America's last rotary.
Read more: The Die-Hard Mechanics Who Save DeLoreans and Duesenbergs - Brotherhood of the Wrench - Popular Mechanics
Tue Feb 19 2013 00:56:29 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
When Edsel Ford was President of Ford, he was enchanted by European sports cars. His trips to Europe, he called it "the continent," triggered visions of Fords with continental styling. In 1934 designers created his first "long, low and rakish continental car" (as Edsel described it to his designer and confederate E.T "Bob" Gregorie) on a '32 Ford chassis.
Sat Jan 12 2013 02:14:50 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
This 1940 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet was last licensed in Arizona in 1958. The then owner had put a 1950 Lincoln V-8 under the hood connected and did a nice job without any cutting. He bolted the Lincoln motor to the original 3 speed and then parked the car in a spot in his shop where it would sit until 2011. It is believed that the car was originally purchased in Southern California and the shop owner bought it there in 1951 and brought it with him when he moved to Arizona in the mid 1950's. Courtesy of AACA website.
Sat Dec 01 2012 21:21:11 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
1928 Buick started after 50 years. My Great Grandfather bought this car in 1929 from the Buick dealer in Perryman, Md. with only a few hundred miles on it. He paid $900 for it, a hefty sum considering most new cars at the time were under $400. He was the last one to hear it run until today. By the way, I could not tell while looking through the camera if the lights were on or off.
Wed Nov 28 2012 00:00:11 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
This Model J Duesenberg town car was an exquisite creation by Carrosserie Franay of Paris, France. It is one of two cars the coach builder created that were exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1931. The other design was much more formal looking with a higher roof – line, but this car shows some of the nicest lines to be seen, of all open – fronted town bodies on a Duesenberg chassis. It is seen here at a Concours d’Elegance at an unknown location in France. Photos courtesy of Racemaker Press.
Eric and Andy Killorin with their 1923 Duesenberg Model A. Andy has his grandfather's coveralls on that he wore in 1929 - 30 when he worked for Duesenberg. Eric's father bought the car in 1947 and Eric did a beautiful job restoring it over the last 5 years.
Dealer Mark Hyman and his custom-bodied 1925 Model A Duesenberg at the Kuwait concours. Shadowed by its later brother the Model J, the race-bred Model A nonetheless possessed all that was essential to the Duesenberg brothers principles of engineering and performance. This example was shortened and sectioned during the 1930s and equipped with an attractive two-seater peedster body.