Ginger Rogers' Duesie due at Amelia


A 1929 Duesenberg that belonged to dancing queen Ginger Rogers is set to appear at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, Florida from 9-11 March.

The (allegedly) 265bhp Murphy-bodied Model J will join Rita Hayworth's Ghia-bodied Cadillac, Natalie Wood's Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster and Tom Mix's custom Cord 812 roadster in a grouping of legendary Hollywood star cars.

Duesenberg was the car of the stars in 1930s Hollywood, with Gary Cooper, Tyrone Power and Clark Gable among the famous owners, but Rogers' example - one of fewer than 500 Model Js built - was the first from the Pasadena coachbuilder to have a disappearing convertible top.

Its original reptile-pattern embossed leather upholstery is long gone, but current owner John Groendyke of Enid, Oklahoma was careful to replicate the original pattern and hides.

Like its original owner, Rogers' 1929 Model J is also a movie star, appearing in the 1933 film The Gay Divorcee, the second of the Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire musicals and the movie that introduced a dance called The Continental.

"Duesenbergs have a physical presence," said Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance founder and chairman, Bill Warner. "Ginger's stands out even in a group of Duesenbergs."

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