The Wingrove Workshop
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February 2018

I am returning to my final set of Duesenbergs, these going together in my retirement for my own personal collection, 
and built mainly from the spare parts left over from the 40 that I have built for collectors around the world over the past 
44 years.  The 44 years has been very interesting to me of late, because the first Duesenberg model that I built, which was 
of this car,  ‘J.504’ (photo-37) built for the original owner, and delivered to him in Crete, Nebraska, USA, in 1974, did,  late 
last year, return to the UK, 44 years on, for a new home with an English collector of my work.  Another point that I found great satisfaction with, was the new value put onto this model, an increase of just over 900%.  The price of gold since 1974 
has increased by just below  600%, which would indicate that a Wingrove Model is better than Gold as an investment - well an early Wingrove Model at least in the long term.

My new Duesey collection will comprise of four models, as can be seen from the four chassis shown at the start of the new ‘Current Project’ Gallery-13.  Together with the Derham Tourster, will be a fully detailed ‘SJ’ chassis, not to be covered, as we have several in the other Galleries.  An undressed ‘J.120’(photo-61) Murphy Boat Tailed Speedster, and an undressed  
‘J.321’ (photo-59)  Rollston Convertible Victoria.

It was a picture of another 1934 Rollston Convertible Victoria - ‘J.215’ - Duesenberg, in the ‘The Batsford Colour Book of Classic Cars’ that first took my interest way back in the mid 1960s.  I purchased the book from my local Smiths book shop, and although it contained photos of almost all of what we used to know as ‘Classic Cars’ - I see some people now class an Austin Mini as a Classic Car, but I am not sure if it is a joke - it was the Duesenberg that I kept returning to, although I had never heard of the make before.  However the more that I researched it, the more I became hooked on real ‘Classic Cars’ in general and the Duesey in particular.  Then in 1967 I took the plunge as a freelance Model Engineer, and among other things, joined the ‘Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club’, with ‘Doc’ Elsner, owner of  ‘J.504’, also a member, being among the first to answer my call for more information on the Duesenberg.  He most generously supplied numerous photos and data on his particular car, we eventually met and I was invited to drive it, after which he commissioned a Model of the car, a second Model of the complete chassis, and a third Model of the ‘J’ engine,  all three of which will be back in the UK later this year.

Of the 1934 ‘SJ’ Rollston Convertible Victoria ‘J.215’  I saw no more, until almost 35 years later, on my last trip to the States in the late 1990s, to collect data from a 2.9 Alfa Romeo Spider for another model.  On going into the private collection to view the rest of his fine Classics, there it was, the actual ‘J.215’ Rollston from the book, stood in a row with  several more Duesenbergs, and Packards, among many others, all the great names were represented, but after viewing them all, I still returned to the Duesey, I just love ‘em. 

‘J.215, a Duesey in all her glory - me with the actual car, 35 years on, a book illustration of which 
prompted me into the automobile miniature world - An Austin Mini in the same class as this - NEVER.


An After Sales Service to my book readers
Should you have found inspiration, ideas, or just picked up new techniques from my books, plans, and/or web site Galleries, and have photos of your work built as a result, and would like to give me the honor of showing them to others here, please drop me a line, and I will let you know how to proceed.
NOTE - Very poor photo copies of some of my books (among a number of others) have been sold on eBay as originals, and eBay, up to this point in time, are protecting the criminals, even though they have ample evidence of my copyright infringement. Should any one have had dealings with- Nicholas Thomas alias - phantomoftheauction09 - and/or  Michael Thomas alias plaininspain9 - or anyone else passing off fake copies of my books, I would be most pleased to hear from them.  eBay UK have now removed both of the above individuals, from their web site, but will not, as yet, provide me with the details I need to put them permanently out of business.  Until they do my advice is DO NOT SHOP FOR BOOKS ON eBAY-UK - Go to AMAZON and get satisfaction.

I am often asked about the availability of plans.  The following web sites have been brought to my attention, and I am pleased to pass them on here. Some of my own plans are available in my books.  For details, click on the ‘Books’ button on the ‘Home Page’

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