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Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance has chosen a Duesy of a Duesenberg as the third repeat entry in its annual Unique Car Invitational

This Duesenberg is very special.

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a singularity Best of Show was awarded to the 1932 Duesenberg J Figoni Sports Torpedo at the 2022 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

The automobile had been divided in two, with the Duesenberg powertrain and chassis receiving the new body, and the Figoni body going to another chassis. The two were reconnected for the owner Lee R. Anderson by RM Sotheby’s.

The project lasted nearly three years.

This remarkable oddity stands out even among the six Duesenbergs that have earned Pebble. Giuseppe Figoni bodied Lee. R. Anderson Sr1932 .’s Duesenberg J Figoni Sports Torpedo, which won Best of Show at the 2022 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. This was done before Figoni teamed up with Ovidio Falaschi to create a wide range of truly exceptional automobiles under the name Figoni et Falaschi. This body was created by the Frenchman Figoni for yet another of Fred and Augie Duesenberg’s amazing American chassis and powertrain combos, nearly all of which have been exceptionally powerful and all of which are works of art.

“Because it was split apart 70 years ago, this car has been a longtime fantasy of ours. We were able to purchase both of those cars and then put them back together in their original configuration since some of it had gone one way and some had gone the other. “Anthony Chapatia, one of the biggest sugar growers in the world from Peru, first placed the order for this car. He owned a trio or a quartet of Duesenbergs. He moved it to Peru, sold it afterward, and then purchased a second Duesenberg.

The vehicle was shipped to the US, but the new owner wasn’t fond of the body.

He removed the body and installed a replacement body because he wanted to alter the fenders on it, according to Anderson. “Another person purchased the original body and mounted it on a different Duesenberg chassis. Now that two vehicles are on the road and proclaiming to be the French Speedster, And neither of them any longer represented the French Speedster. It’s all quite interesting, then.

Even more intriguing is the fact that Anderson, the current owner, did not even come up with the plan or have the notion to reattach the original Duesenberg drivetrain and chassis to the original Figoni body.

“I know these two people, the owners, very well, says Rob Myers from RM Sotheby’s,” Anderson remarked. He claims, “I think I can convince them to sell you those two cars, and you can combine them. And I responded, “Well, let’s do it, if you can.”

Myers, who never wastes words when one will do, said with “Yeah” when we asked him if the idea to reunite the original Duesenberg was his.

Moreover, Myers had previously assumed charge of similar size rehabilitation projects. We’ve done that quite a bit, he said.

However, there is more to the tale of the rebuilt automobile. For instance, the crankshaft was in yet another Duesenberg, and Myers naturally knew him as well. The parts were in order, so I proposed to rebuild that guy’s Duesenberg engine in return for that guy’s Duesenberg crankshaft. The only thing left to do was to assemble everything and deliver it to Pebble. It took two and a half years to complete the restoration procedure, but it was worth the trouble.

Anderson remarked, “I just believe the design of them is wonderful. It’s a truly wonderful machine. to reflect on their actions during the 1920s and 1930s It was simply astounding that they were able to build such a lovely car.