One of the most prestigious models ever made, this Duesenberg - Model J was one that was specially constructed by coachbuilder Bohman & Schwartz in 1937.
The order to make one came in 1936 from a multi-millionaire called John Hunt (known by nick-name ‘John the Baptist’) who headed the institution called Universal Peace Mission. This was supposed to be a gift for 'Divine Father' who founded this institution. Reverend Father M. J. Divine was an African-American spiritual head who claimed to be GOD. Along with his second wife who was known as Mother Divine, he grew his institution in to a multi-racial and international congregation in the 1950s and 1960s.
The specifications laid down by John Hunt to build this car were many - the car had to be extra long as it has to accommodate the Reverend Father and 8 of his disciples, the window design had to be of a particular shape, etc.
The car was stretched to 15 feet (this was almost half feet longer than the longest car - Bugatti Type 41 Royale). The car was provided with two elevated rear ‘Throne’ seats (for Father Divine and Mother Divine) that could be lowered down and be covered with an hydraulic controlled landaulet (folded rooftop cover) in case of sudden rain. The Throne was supposed to rise for father Divine’s speeches through a public address system that was built inside the car. There was also an intercom so that Father Divine could instruct his driver.
A designer called J. Herbert Newport incorporated all the points mentioned and gave Bohman & Schwartz the necessary drawings to create one. After one year, the car was delivered to her client and for the next 11 years travelled across the country. It was one of the most unique cars ever built.
From 1937 until 1948 this car clocked over 160,000 kms. In 1965 when Father Divine died his wife retained the same though there were several buyers for this monstrous vehicle. But Mother Divine retained the car thinking that Father Divine would once again descend on Mother Earth, but this never happened. Finally, the car was sold to an investor in 1981.
This car remains until this date, the biggest, widest and largest Duesenberg ever built and this scale model is one of the only 299 pieces created.
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|- Licensed product|
|- Material: RESIN|
|- High precision miniature models|
|- Non-opening bonnet, boot and doors|
|- Exclusive Edition models|
|- On plinth (platform base) with plexiglas hard-display case|
|- Only 299 pieces created|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||8 x 4 x 3|
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