Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The Duesenberg race at Muroc

sold for  $1,292,500 in March 2013

This is one of seven cars built by LeBaron with what is called a “Barrelside” body. Despite having a second windscreen, this is the only car that does not have an elongated rear cowl.

What’s even cooler is that in 1932 this car owned by prominent Hollywood agent Phil Berg - was stripped of its fenders and a number of other pieces to race a Mercedes-Benz SSK owned by two of the Marx Brothers, Zeppo and Chico. Not just a Friday night grudge match, the race was held at the Muroc dry lake in California for a reported $25,000 booty.

By the time the starter’s flag dropped, more than a thousand spectators were on hand. Invited guests numbered about 200 and included Hollywood royalty such as Clark Gable, Gary Cooper, Carole Lombard, and Mae West. The Duesenberg won the race at the hands of stock-car Ace and Auburn test driver Eddie Miller.

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