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Picturing the Past 139: Who owned this car?Posted Tuesday, December 13, 2011, at 7:17 AM
This 1923 Duesenberg, with current owner Jan Sundegaard in the driver's seat, was once owned by a Shelbyville resident. Jan wants to know the car's past history.
This car, now a true collector's item, belongs to Jan Sundegaard (that's him behind the wheel in the photo) of St. Paul, Minn.
Note the handwritten sign on the side: "Belmont Esso Servicenter" of Shelbyville, with the phone number 88.
A photo from 1947 shows the car being loaded onto a trailer in Shelbyville after purchase by an out-of-town buyer, Jan says.
Jan, who bought the car "about 30 years ago," said he was heading home from Florida on Interstate 24 last week when he saw a "Shelbyville" exit sign, remembered that "Shelbyville" was painted on his Duesenberg and drove over to check out its former hometown. He enjoyed a meal and dropped by the T-G office -- where we were able to point across the road to the Belmont Avenue-Depot Street intersection, where we think Belmont Esso Servicenter once stood. Several of us think we remember an Esso station, either in the old Sanders Radiator building where Wedge Market is now located, or in another building facing Belmont.
Anyone remember this car or know who would have owned it? I've got Jan's phone number and email address for anyone who comes up with answers.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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