The National Historic Vehicle Association titles Duesenberg and Challenger as brand new members of this HVA enroll

Ben Williams October 28, 2020 10 No Comments


WASHINGTON /PRNewswire/ — The Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) declared the 27th and 28th vehicles to be added to this National Historic Vehicle Register:

No. 27

  • 1921 Duesenberg Straight Eight (the “Castle Duesenberg”) – Courtesy of those Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum (Auburn, Indiana)

No. 28

  • 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T SE (the “Qualls Challenger”) – Courtesy of those Qualls household

1921 DUESENBERG STRAIGHT EIGHT — Castle Duesenberg

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the famed Duesenberg Automobile and Motors Company, Inc. Engineers and race car builders, August and Fred Duesenberg established the company with their Straight Eight — later called the Model A. Built in Indianapolis, IN, the Duesenberg brand could become synonymous with complete automotive excellence, opulence, and technology.

The company’s first production car was custom ordered from the Hawaiian industrialist Samuel Northrup Castle in 1919. After postponed manufacturing, he took ownership in 1921 and could become the primary proprietor Duesenberg passenger automobile.

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Featuring custom coachwork from the Bender Body Company of Cleveland, Ohio this car’s ultra-spacious inside was created specifically for Mr. Castle’s seven-foot-tall prestige. A plethora of mechanical advances for now comprised four-wheel hydraulic brakes as well as the business’s first overhead camera straight-eight-cylinder passenger automobile engine.

The Castle Duesenberg stayed in Samuel Castle’s ownership until his death 1959 after possession was transferred to his nephew, James Christian Castle, and the car has been hauled to San Francisco and put into storage. James C. Castle Jr. (Chris), along with his spouse CyrAnn became owners of the automobile in 1994. In 2010 the few commissioned an intensive 10,000-hour frame-off restoration of their automobile to its 1920s splendor. The 1921 Duesenberg Straight Eight stayed in the Castle household for almost 100 years before the conclusion was made into entrust the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum using its upcoming stewardship.

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“This gift to the museum is one of the most significant donations to the collection in the 46-year history of the museum,” states Brandon J. Anderson, Executive Director & CEO of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum. “To have the Castle Duesenberg placed on the HVA’s National Historic Vehicle Register means the story of this iconic vehicle will continue to be shared for hundreds of years to come.”

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Completely unrestored, rescue a couple of maintenance products, this Challenger has only finished 45K original miles. Combined using its preserved country, intriguing Detroit narrative and desired alternative configuration, it’s one of the most coveted cars in the age of muscle and horsepower.

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In 1969, 27-year old, battle veteran, Purple Heart receiver and Detroit Police Officer, Godfrey Qualls unique ordered this 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T SE. Qualls assessed virtually every choice when configuring his final muscle ; 426 HEMI engine, the “Super Track Pak” comprising a four-speed manual transmission with a floor mounted Hurst pistol grip shifter, Dana 60 rear-end using 4. ) 10 gears and Sure-Grip differential, the SE or “Special Edition” trimming and interior bundle, “bumble bee” white stripe on the tail, hood pins, houndstooth inside and a gator grain black plastic shirt. It is one of only 23 four-speed Hemi R/T SE Challengers built from the model’s introduction year and is probably the sole Challenger with this exceptional configuration of functionality and trimming choices.

Godfrey Qualls and family

Godfrey Qualls and household

Window sticker Challenger_Courtesy of the Qualls Family

Qualls took delivery of this high energy one of a type Challenger at December 1969 and used it as his everyday driver. When Qualls was not on duty driving his authorities Harley-Davidson, that he place the HEMI into the test road racing in Detroit. Rarely bested, the traffic cop by day maintained a very low profile and could apparently disappear for weeks at a time between unsanctioned haul runs down Woodward or Telegraph. Due to his evasive antics, fellow Detroit road racers dubbed the mysterious and menacing Challenger that the “black ghost.”

Towards the conclusion of this’70therefore however, active serving his nation, family and community, the Challenger found rest from the family garage for more than two decades. In 2016, later Godfrey Qualls’ departure, his son Gregory functioned with family and friends to bring the vehicle back to life for a tribute to his own father.

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“My father would be thrilled that not only is the car is in running condition but also going on the National Historic Vehicle Register,” stated Gregory Qualls. “One day I hope to pass it on to my son to continue to share and enjoy.”

“We believe the history of the automobile is worth saving, and the human-interest stories behind the horsepower are worth telling,” stated Diane Parker, Vice President of those Historic Vehicle Association. “In addition to cultural and historical impact, these one-owner examples tell a rich family legacy.”

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About the Historic Vehicle Association

The HVA is dedicated to preserving and sharing America’s automotive heritage for future generations. The HVA established the National Historic Vehicle Register in partnership with the U.S. Department of the Interior, Heritage Documentation Programs and Library of Congress, respectively, to document historically significant automobiles in America’s past. Please visit:

The HVA’s National Historic Vehicle Register application is made possible by its parent company, Hagerty. In component, Hagerty is aimed toward empowering and improving the expertise of automotive fans and making certain the vehicles we love — and the lifestyles which revolve around them don’t just survive but flourish well into the near future.

SOURCE Historic Vehicle Association

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