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A Duesenberg Fit For A Queen (Of Diamonds)

Posted August 22, 2016 10:20 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: Duesenberg Hemmings mabel boll

Born in December 1893 to a working class family in Rochester, New York, Mabel Boll’s stunning beauty and ability to tell a good story would help her rise from cigar girl to the “Queen of Diamonds,” a nickname given for her affinity for expensive jewelry. A string of wealthy husbands would help her afford other luxuries as well, and in September her Franay-bodied 1933 Duesenberg Model J will serve as a highlight of Auctions America’s fall Auburn sale.

Now commonly referred to as the Queen of Diamonds Duesenberg, chassis 2385 didn’t begin its life wearing Franay coachwork. Instead, the car first carried a town car body crafted by Paris coachbuilder Kellner, best known for their work with Hispano-Suiza. It’s not clear how long the Kellner body remained in place, or why it was swapped in favor of the Franay bodywork. Equally unclear is the car’s early ownership; one source (link no longer available; previously found at http://www.duesey2208.com/Datasheets/Model_J_Index/frm2385.htm) cites a Mrs. K. Stanley Smith of London as the first buyer, but other sources cite Mabel Boll, then known as “Countess Porceri,” as the Duesenberg’s original steward.

Read the full story at Hemmings Daily.

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