Duesenberg J-183

The fascinating history of Duesenberg chassis 2201 (engine J-183) starts with the handsome town car body seen in the photo and created by Enos Derham. Derham coachwork was one of the longest-lived American coachbulders - surviving two world wars. The company was founded by Joseph Derham as the Rosemont Carriage Works only a few miles west of Philadelphia. Enos Derham, the youngest of four brothers that followed their father into the firm, would end up running the company. They were known for their formal coachwork and bodied many great brands including Duesenberg. Interestingly, the company survived the second world war and was finally sold in 1964 with Enos and his partner continuing on doing antique automobile restorations up until the building became the home to Chinetti & Garthwaite - the US distributor for Ferrari. After Derham was [...]

Arizona Spring Drive

The club took advantage of beautiful weather on Saturday, April 10, to gather for a spring drive through North Scottsdale and Fountain Hills. About 20 members and half a dozen Classics gathered at the Scottsdale 101 shopping plaza mid-morning. Cadillac, Packard, and Bentley were represented as we headed north before turning east toward Rio Verde. Turning back south again, we proceeded into Fountain Hills in time to see the enormous spire of water that goes off on the hour. Moving quickly through town, we head back west, completing our route at the Scottsdale Airpark and Volante's restaurant. Our group was treated to delicious lunch on the patio, where we had a perfect view of the runway and were able to watch the planes arrive and depart. [...]

1928 Packard Roadster

From the beginning, the stars born of the Hollywood movie industry have wanted to be seen in the best cars available. Richard Dix, seen here posing with a 1928 Packard 443 custom eight roadster, was just such a leading man. Born Ernest Brimmer, he studied to be a surgeon, but his talent for acting blossomed in drama club at school. Dix went on to become one of the few stars to transition successfully from silent pictures to the “talkies.” This picture is dated February 25, 1930, and the featured Packard would already have been a used car. The shot is clearly taken on the set of a movie lot; if you look carefully, you can see the backdrop is a prop. I suspect that the Packard may [...]

Autumn Picnic

About two dozen hardy souls gathered for the Arizona Region's Autumn Picnic on Sunday, November 8. The day started out cool but sunny, and then the clouds rolled in. The cold, and a little rain, didn't dampen spirits as we enjoyed seeing one another, our picnic lunches, and some wonderful treats brought by Dee Pellegrini and Dana Rapoport. Thank you to everyone who help organize the event. Dale and Marylin Lillard drove their Cord, Jim McDowell brought the 1942 Packard Darrin that has been in his family for 50+ years, and Ed Baldwin drove his 1937 Chevrolet. Peter Hartmann brought the Packard Twelve he's had since he was teenager and Harry and Heather Clark arrived in their 1968 Cadillac convertible. Ed and Karen Winkler came in [...]

1930 duPont Model G Special Sport Sedan

All duPonts are unique as only an estimated 600 total cars were produced by the duPont Motor Company in the thirteen years they were in business. E. Paul duPont founded the company to produce marine engines for the Allied war effort in World War I. They introduced their first automobiles at the 1919 International Salon held at the Commodore Hotel in New York City. The series G was introduced in 1929, with a 125hp straight-eight engine. These luxury cars were bodied by some of the day's best firms, with Merrimac being the largest, supplying over 120 bodies. The Merrimac Body Company, a spin-off of parent company J.B. Judkins was named for its location – Merrimac, Massachusetts. The company got its start in 1920 when Judkins couldn't [...]

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