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Randy Rusk
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As many of you are aware, a fine collection of classic Minimarque, Western, Motor City USA, Design Studio, and more white metal models have been listed for auction. One of the first rounds had a number of MM Auburns, Cords, and Duesenbergs - favorites of mine since I live just a short drive from that famous town. Well, I thought I'd give it a go and see if I could score a couple of them. In the end, the bidding was fierce (and well beyond the threshold I set for myself) so I got just one, but it's a beauty.

It's the 1929 Duesenberg Model J Derham Dual Cowl Phaeton (the box label spelled it Durham and Pheaton, oops!). It was the 1989 Car of the Year at the annual ACD Festival, so I'm assuming it must have been made around then. If so, it's pretty amazing to think how advanced Minimarque's details were for that time. It still holds up to some of the best resin models (and Brooklin's current level of detail):

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Did anyone else on the Forum pick up any of these jewels? I'm especially interested to know who snagged the MM 1932 Auburn 12-160AS Speedster prototype. I really, really wanted that one but someone else really, really, really wanted it more:

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Harv Goranson
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Maybe the box spelled Derham wrong too. Anyway, these are from the estate of Wayne Moyer. I was going to bid on the SSJ roadster, but, like the Auburn you mentioned, it went too high. Your Duesey reminds me a lot of this Matrix Walker-La Grande tourer.

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Randy Rusk
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@mg-harv Yes, I like that one and have it in my collection, too. I thought I'd read on the Forum somewhere that they were from Wayne Moyer's collection but I couldn't find the post. Interesting that they're only coming to market almost 4 years after his passing. 

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Congratulations, Randy, glad that you got it!

I was one of the other bidders, but as I have the top-up version I let it go after all.

The Auburn speedster and cabin speedster are in my collection, so it didn't make sense to bid on the prototypes - my ACD shelves are getting crowded anyway...

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John Quilter
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Wayne Moyer,  the name is very familiar in the modeling world but I can't recall his claim to fame, where he lived, or when he passed on.   I think he wrote articles for various magazines.   What are the details?

John F. Quilter
Eugene, Oregon USA


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Karl Schnelle
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Wayne Moyer was a nice guy - I talked to him a few times at the 1/43rd shows in Chicago a while ago.  I am sorry he passed away and that I did not speak with him more in depth.

See https://www.newcomerdayton.com/Obituary/156150/Wayne-Moyer/Dayton-Ohio for a very nice obituary.

https://www.hobbydb.com/marketplaces/hobbydb/subjects/wayne-moyer-writer

https://www.amazon.com/Beginning-Early-Days-Scale-Modeling/dp/1497305411


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Ed Davis
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@randyrusk 

Could you provide some prices or price range for models, which were sold during the auction?  These appear to be nice models, but I have no idea what folks are willing to bid on them at an auction.

Ed Davis
Inverness, Illinois, USA


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Harv Goranson
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@ed-davis ebay has a completed items feature you can use. Try Minimarque 1/43 as a search then scroll the left side until you find "Completed Items", then click the box. A bunch should be there.


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Ed Davis
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@mg-harv 

Thanks. I will give it a try.

Ed Davis
Inverness, Illinois, USA


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Randy Rusk
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@ed-davis Yes, you’ll see that they ran the gamut from a low side of $75 on up to quite a bit higher than that.


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Randy Rusk
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@ralf Wow, that’s an enviable collection! The Minimarque Cabin Speedster was a holy grail model for me. No sooner did I finally find one at a price I could live with, then GLM comes along with another one in resin (which I also bought, of course).

I had the great fortune, along with Karl, of seeing an otherworldly collection of 1:1 Duesenbergs at the ACD festival a few years back. It was the largest collection of Duesenbergs ever in one location (which makes sense since they were all custom bodied and not lined up in a showroom). They also ran them in a “drag race” style down the airstrip at the DeKalb County airport.


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Larry kemling
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Ralf

thats one huge collection of Duesenbergs!🥴


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