Coachbuilder LeBaron originated the “Sweep Panel” styling used on early Duesenberg Model Js, building roughly 18 examples with dual-cowl phaeton bodies between 1928 and 1930. Of these, RM Sotheby’s states that just one, a 1930 Duesenberg Model J with chassis number 2336, was built atop a 153.5-inch long-wheelbase chassis. Next month, this car — recently restored by the now-retired Fran Roxas — heads to auction at the company’s Amelia Island sale.
Read the rest of Kurt’s article on this beautiful car here
You may well wonder at the price of this piece of rolling artwork 🙂
Purchased new in 1985 and registered to Frank Sinatra for some six years, it is said that this high specification Chrysler Le Baron Station Wagon with woody style coachwork was used by Frank for trips ‘incognito’. It is also thought to be the last car that Frank Sinatra drove before giving up driving in the 90’s. With Woody station wagons dating back to the 40’s, this style of car is said to have been one of Frank’s favorites.
Supplied with the vehicle are copies of the certificate of title with Sinatra’s signature, also stating Frank Sinatra’s name along with ‘c/o Nathan Golden’, Franks chauffeur with the address of 70855 Sinatra Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270. Other documentation includes a copy of the warranty, again stating Franks name and address of 9601 Wilshire Boulevard