This 1929 Duesenberg J Berline (chassis #2143, engine #J118) was originally bodied by Derham. In 1934 it was fished out of a canal and sent to Bohman & Schwartz by the new owner, M.K. Barbie of the Coca-Cola Bottling Company in Los Angeles.
Bohman & Schwarz rebodied the car in 1935 with fender skirts and rear shrouds. The car was later purchased by Mr. Art Kiel of Southern California and then sold to Mr. Fred Buess Jr. of Venice, California in 1947. In 1963 the car was purchased by Mr. Homer Fitterling, a well known Duesenberg collector in Indiana. Mr. Fitterling owned the car for twenty years and eventually sold it to Mrs. Geri Brown in 1983, who sold the car to Mr. Ed Weaver in 1993. Originally a darker color, now gold with a light tan roof and brown cloth interior.
The car was completely restored in 1996 and became a 1st in class at the 1997 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
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