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An incredible one-of-a-kind Duesenberg was named Best in Show at the Glenmoor Gathering on September 19. The car is a 1933 Duesenberg SJ (which indicates supercharged) with a custom-built Beverly Berline body by Murphy Body Company of Pasadena, Calif. The car was purchased new by Cincinnati millionaire Powell Crosley Jr., who, among other things, owned Crosley Radio Co., radio station WLW and the Cincinnati Reds baseball team. Crosley even built a car in the late 1940's, a subcompact named, what else? Crosley. The attached photo was taken at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens on the Saturday preceding the show. The Duesenberg's owner is a New Jersey state judge and he drove the Duesenberg on an 80+ mile Countryside Tour, which is part of the Glenmoor Gathering weekend experience. Can you believe that? This is a solid seven-figure automobile and the owner drives it and enjoys it! Good for him! That's the way these old cars should be treated! Once again, the show field was terrific. Very diverse grouping of cars. Special class of Bizzarrini-designed sports cars plus American and European cars that have to be seen to be believed. And, they had a large group of Super Italian Motorcycles, including some super-rare, high-speed machines I wouldn't dream of riding! Where else can you see stuff like this? Can't wait until next year.
One of the most iconic model names in Porsche history is due to reappear for a very limited run in 2011. The Porsche Speedster, originally introduced in 1954 as an entry level model to the 356 series was built through the 1958 model year, with production totaling just over 4,000 units. These original Porsche 356 Speedsters are highly sought after today as collectors' items.
Porsche resurrected the Speedster name for limited edition models in both 1989 and 1994. Both runs were quickly snapped up; many by speculative collectors. Although they have not depreciated at the rate of a regular production Porsche, they have not proven to be the wise financial investments many buyers had hoped for.