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Model “J” Duesenberg Phaeton at the Parkmoor Sandwich Shop

Today’s feature image is a Tudor style Parkmoor Sandwich shop, a drive-in with car hop service and a dining room. The parking lot is filled with mid-to-late 1930s cars and includes a rarity, a Duesenberg Model “J” phaeton with outside exhaust pipes, second in line on the far-left.

This particular Parkmoor Sandwich shop, located on Big Bend Rd. in St. Louis, Missouri was part of a chain of six of the eateries in the City along with one other in Indianapolis, Indiana. The building at this location survived until the late-1960s when it was replaced by a modern structure that continued on in service until the late-1990s.

The restaurants were started by William L. McGinley, a cattle rancher in Texas, who also operated a company there that designed and manufactured serving trays for drive-ins. One of his three 1930s patents for the devices is shown below along with two enlargeable photos of the Drive-in scene.

It would be interesting to know it this Duesey has survived and is in a collectors hands today? Learn more about the Model “J” Duesenberg in our extensive coverage of photos in the Fred Roe Collection. The image sent in by reader Clyde Parrott is courtesy of the Missouri History Museum.

Duesenberg Model %22J%22 Phaeton and Prewar Cars

  • The Parkmoor was an upscale sandwich shop that attracted mostly well-off patrons with late model cars. The Duesenberg phaeton with outside exhaust pipes is second in the row on the far-left.

Driven Service Tray Patent 1935

  •                  W.L. McGinley – Service tray for Automobiles – Patented November 5, 1935.
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  • “All Cream Ice Cream” was one of the deserts served at the Parkmoor – note the carhop on the sign.

1930s Drive-in Sandwich Shop-Prewar Cars

30 responses to “Model “J” Duesenberg Phaeton at the Parkmoor Sandwich Shop

  1. Amazing how distinctive the Model J is, even though it’s only barely visible.

    There are a lot of nice cars to choose from in this photo but I’ll take the Lincoln Zephyr 4-door convertible , exiting the parking area. Looks like
    there’s another Zephyr convertible parked in the first row of the lot.

    • What is equally interesting is the assemblage of classy automobiles all in one place. Although in the text The Parkmoor is descri bed as “upscale” it does seem odd that there is not a ratty car in the lot. Plus the Duesey has its top down – at the very least was not the owner afraid of staining by an errant robin? Were there “car cruises” in the thirties? I think this photo chronicles some sort of event.

  2. Built in he same style as the Parkmoor, I wonder about the large building at the rear of the lot. The big window on the first floor seems to hint at a commercial application.

  3. Do I see a big pair of chrome horn trumpets mounted on the passenger side fender of the Pontiac (?) convertible parked right in front of the restaurant?

  4. I noticed that there are quite a few convertibles in the photo, at least 10.
    It must have been a very nice early summer day.

    • Rog, I count 12. Fifth car in on the left side of the picture. Not sure the make, and where the cars circle the drive-in in the back. Looks like it might be a bantam, maybe.

  5. Wow, judging from the high-end automobiles in the parking lot… Packard’s, Lincoln Zephyrs, and a Duesenberg, just to name a few, that must have been one really fine sandwich shop… I’ve never seen a photo with that many Lincoln Zephyrs in it!

  6. Big Bend Road in St Louis?

    Could this be the car originally owned by Leon Duray? It spent a number of years in St Louis after Duray sold it if I recall correctly. Then it went on to the IBM Watsons at a later time.

  7. The panel on the hood and the thin windsh
    ield frame suggest Murphy coachwork. The side screens on the hood and external exhaust do not look like standard Duesenberg issue. Other than that I have nothing!

  8. The two-door convertible parked nose-out just to the right of the sign looks interesting, too. Does anyone recognize it?

  9. What’s amazing is that, aside from “no beaters” is that aside from what looks to be a 1932 Model B Ford, not one car is from the pre-Airflow streamlining era.

  10. What is the chance of a Lincoln Zephyr Convertible Sedan, convertible Coupe, and Sedan all being togheter at one time outside of a Lincoln dealership ?

  11. Hello. That is J 329 Murphy convertible sedan owned by Norris Allen at this time, it is sitting in the garage today next door to where Norris lived at the time this photo was taken. Randy Ema

  12. My favorite is the LaSalle Coupe at the left corner of the building backed in. The best looking body Cadillac made in the 30’s

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