Will swap for Mercedes-Benz 300 SL roadster or gullwing in any condition.
JN575 has a long and well-known history. It was the last JN to leave the factory, and by several accounts, the last long wheelbase JN Duesenberg to be sold to the public. It left the factory with Rollston Berline coachwork, body number 566 and had all of the JN upgrades including more modern skirted fenders, 17 inch wheels and sleeker running boards concealing the frame rails.
According to ACD Club Historians Don Howell and Ray Wolff, JN575 was purchased new by Mary Farney of California. She was well known in society for the number of marriages she had, which was believed to be seven at the time of her death. Farney owned JN575 for many years and eventually after moving to Chicago, traded it in to a dealer and collector John Troka. Troka owned 575 until late 1953 or early 1954. Records indicate that he sold the car not once, but twice and almost immediately bought it back both times perhaps having a bad case of sellers remorse or just being a dealer who wasn’t afraid to keep a car he loved. Troka would sell the car for the last time needing a restoration on July 4th, 1969. Ken Gardner purchased the car and immediately commenced a restoration. The body was taken off the chassis and placed into storage. The chrome and brightwork were sent off for restoration and the fenders, hood, chassis (with firewall, engine, transmission still attached) went to the mechanics shop. The instruments and interior were removed and were sent off to various specialists for restoration.
The building housing the Rollston body caught fire (perhaps intentionally?). Everything in the building was destroyed. Only through the 'miracle' of timing were the remaining parts of the car untouched and safe. Virtually everything including hood, wheels, frame, engine, suspension, firewall, fenders, interior, brightwork survived intact, having been out at various shops for the restoration. Only the tub of the body itself was lost.
The Derham Tourster style body was built by Carl L. Amsley in c. 1970. Virtually everything else is original to this car making it one of the most complete and correct of any Duesenberg carrying non-original coachwork. Post restoration the car was acquired by noted collector Richard (Dick) Boeshore of Lebanon, PA. Dick kept the car three decades before selling it in 2001. The car stayed in Pennsylvania and went to its next caretaker; Michael Longfield. He kept the car slightly over a decade and then sold it through a broker to a legendary Rolls Royce collector in New Hampshire. The car was then sold to a collector of pre-war cars in Connecticut, where it has been well maintained since.
The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club expert on Duesenberg was called in and asked to look over and report on J575. His findings confirmed what has long been known about the car. The car does in fact have its afore mentioned original engine, chassis, transmission, crankshaft, firewall, fenders, wheels, interior, instrumentation and brightwork - all original and not reproduction. The car presents today handsomely restored, serviced and detailed. It would be welcome at a large roster events including CCCA CARavans, Duesenberg tours as well as concours and shows throughout North America.
The car is of such high quality that it garnered a National Junior award at the 1978 AACA National Meet in Hershey, PA. As such, it was also featured in the Antique Automobile Magazine Volume 42, Number five.
Any questions or wish to come see it? Call me at 860-883-3998
|“Beautiful older restoration. Ready for touring and enjoyment.” |
| Year: || 1936 || VIN (Vehicle Identification Number): || J575 |
| Mileage: || 77,225 || Transmission: || Manual |
| Make: || Duesenberg || Body Type: || Dual Cowl Phaeton |
| Model: || Model JN || Warranty: || none |
| Engine: || I 8 || Vehicle Title: || Clear |
| Fuel Type: || Gasoline || Exterior Color: || Chocolate |
| For Sale By: || owner || Interior Color: || Tan |
| Drive Side: || Left-hand drive || Number of Cylinders: || 8 |