1930 Duesenberg Model J
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Mrs. Palmer selected Hibbard and Darrin to create this special car for her. The closed coupled Victoria design on the long wheelbase chassis created a dramatic appearance. The body was built using Hibbard and Darrin's patented Silentlyte construction. This technique produced a stronger and lighter body and reduced the tendency for one-off bodies to develop squeaks as they aged.
Original features include the leather convertible top, chrome plated metal tire covers, additional tool boxes next to the running boards, cast aluminum molding attached to the hood tops, unique short steel gas tank cover and the unique 'Hibbard and Darrin' movable panel that allowed the rear seat passenger to convert the top from a blind quarter to an open quarter.
This car is a unique example of just 12 bodies produced by Hibbard and Darrin for Duesenberg. The car was built for a wealthy American woman with residences in Paris and Chicago. It was delivered in Paris and came to the United States in 1934. It was first restored in 1970 and a new body-off restoration was recently completed near the close of the 2000s.
The current owners added the car to their collection in 2003 and it has just finished a complete restoration in 2009.
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