We just showed you Steve Pasteiner’s beautifully executed replica of a Murphy bodied Duesenberg Model J. Getting back to dual cowl phaetons, here’s a real “Duesey”, a 1929 Model J with a sweep panel dual cowl body by LeBaron. LeBaron built bodies for 38 Model Js, 27 of them dual cowl phaetons. Actually, the first Model J built was a LeBaron dual cowl phaeton with LeBaron’s signature “sweep panel” two tone styling. LeBaron went on to build 18 Model J Duesenbergs with that style body, a bit more sporting with its cut-down doors, a cowl that echoed the curved of the sweep panel, and a lower beltline than traditional “barrelside” phaetons. The sweep panel look was so popular that over the years a number of Model J sedans have been rebodied in that LeBaron style. This particular Duesenberg, J-111 / 2133, is actually that first sweep panel dual cowl phaeton Model J constructed by LeBaron. It was displayed by Duesenberg at auto salons in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles and then used as a demonstrator at the company’s LA dealership. Duesenbergs were popular with Hollywood actors and other celebrities and this phaeton’s provenance includes being owned by the son of comedian Buster Keaton. It’s now part of the collection of the Gilmore Car Museum.
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