|Duesenberg J-183 (chassis 2201) amongst trunk yesteryear Derham (from the author's collection)|
The fascinating history of Duesenberg chassis 2201 (engine J-183) starts amongst the handsome town machine trunk seen inwards the photograph in addition to created yesteryear Enos Derham. I've written well-nigh Derham previously every bit i of the longest-lived American coachworks - surviving 2 footing wars. The society was founded yesteryear Joseph Derham every bit the Rosemont Carriage Works exclusively a few miles westward of Philadelphia. Enos Derham, the youngest of iv brothers that followed their begetter into the firm, would cease upward running the company. They were known for their formal coachwork in addition to bodied many slap-up brands including Duesenberg. Interestingly, the company survived the second world state of war and was last sold inwards 1964 amongst Enos in addition to his partner continuing on doing antique automobile restorations upward until the edifice became the abode to Chinetti & Garthwaite - the the States distributor for Ferrari.
After Derham was finished amongst the body, the Duesenberg was delivered to it's kickoff owner, Edwin Corning (1883-1934) - the of late retired Lieutenant Governor of New York. It was Corning's grandfather, Erastus Corning, that built the family's fortune yesteryear founding the New York Central Railroad. Edwin suffered from Diabetes in addition to it was probably sick wellness that Pb him to getting rid of the Duesenberg shortly after.
The machine in addition to then find's it's agency to Colonel Henry (Harry) H. Rogers II. Harry's begetter had locomote Vice President of Standard Oil after the society where he was a partner was acquired by Rockefeller. It's ever prissy to inherit an unimaginable amount of money at a immature historic current in addition to that's just what happened to Harry when his begetter passed inwards 1909. Harry would achieve the championship of "Colonel" from his ascendency of the third field artillery inwards the slap-up state of war (WWI). Harry went on to alive good amongst an estate on Long Island, a yacht, in addition to eventually working his way through 3 marriages.
It was inwards Dec of 1933 when the Roger's were driving along the Long Island thoroughfare inwards this Duesenberg that they collided amongst closed to other car. The machine is said to convey caught burn downwards in addition to was destroyed. The Colonel escaped without injury, simply would overstep away 2 years afterward at the historic current of 56.
The remains of the machine were in addition to then discovered yesteryear the early on Duesenberg enthusiast, Jim Hoe, inwards 1950. Jim acquired the chassis in addition to running gear in addition to built his ain Duesenberg custom racer. He is said to convey cutting downwards the frame, placed engine J-441 (retaining the original bell housing from J-183) in addition to built his ain body. Used for many years inwards that state, the machine was afterward sold in addition to has since been "re-created" amongst a re-constructed frame, new engine in addition to immediately wearing a Dual-Cowl Phaeton body (in the mode of Murphy Coachworks) - simply it's nonetheless referred likewise every bit J-183.