Seattle Auto Rebuilders- Seattle Auto Builders - Seattle Auto Body - 1920s-1930s - Seattle, Washington


Seattle Auto Rebuilders (sometimes referred to as Seattle Auto Body, Seattle Auto Co. and Seattle Auto Builders) was a small Seattle collision shop hired by Reginald Parsons (1873-1955), a well-known Seattle Financier (Parsons Investment Co.) and Philanthropist, to build him a Convertible Sedan Body of his own design for a new Duesenberg chassis (#2250, engine #J-229) that he had recently purchased.

In 1935, Parsons had Seattle Auto Rebuilders transfer the body to a brand new supercharged Duesenberg Model J chassis, #2564 with engine #J536-L.

The original chassis, #2250, Engine #J-229 was bought back by Duesenberg (a common practice) and fitted with a new Rollston Convertible Sedan (see page 201 of Fred Roe's Duesenberg: the Pursuit of Perfection) and sold again through Duesenberg. It's whereabouts are unknown today.

In more recent times, the supercharged chassis (#2564, engine # J536-L), with the original Seattle convertible sedan body, was replaced by a replica Murphy dual-cowl phaeton body (see page 2 of J.L. Elbert's Duesenberg: The Mightiest American Motor Car).  The vintage 1931 Seattle-built Parsons-designed body was stored for a number of years and was recently mounted on a non-supercharged Duesenberg chassis (#2250, Engine #J-229), where it resides today. The pictures to the left are photos of that vehicle.

Unfortunately, no further information on Seattle Auto Rebuilders has turned up.

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  For more information please read:

Fred Roe - Duesenberg: The Pursuit of Perfection

J.L. Elbert - Duesenberg: The Mightiest American Motor Car

Bill Alley - Reginald H. Parsons: Emerald City Financier and Philanthropist - Pacific Northwest Quarterly, Spring 2004

Beverly Rae Kimes - The Classic Car

Beverly Rae Kimes - The Classic Era

Beverly Rae Kimes - Packard: A History of the Motorcar and Company

Beverly Rae Kimes & Henry Austin Clark Jr. - Standard Catalog of American Cars 1805-1942

Richard Burns Carson - The Olympian Cars

Raymond A. Katzell - The Splendid Stutz

Marc Ralston - Pierce Arrow

Brooks T. Brierley - There Is No Mistaking a Pierce Arrow

Brooks T. Brierley - Auburn, Reo, Franklin and Pierce-Arrow Versus Cadillac, Chrysler, Lincoln and Packard

Brooks T. Brierley - Magic Motors 1930

Nick Georgano - The Beaulieu Encyclopedia of the Automobile: Coachbuilding

John Gunnell - Standard Catalog of American Cars, 1946-1975

James M. Flammang & Ron Kowalke - Standard Catalog of American Cars, 1976-1999

Daniel D. Hutchins - Wheels Across America: Carriage Art & Craftsmanship

Marian Suman-Hreblay - Dictionary of World Coachbuilders and Car Stylists

Michael Lamm and Dave Holls - A Century of Automotive Style: 100 Years of American Car Design

Thomas E. Bonsall - The Lincoln Motorcar: Sixty Years of Excellence

Arthur W. Soutter - The American Rolls-Royce

John Webb De Campi - Rolls-Royce in America

Hugo Pfau - The Custom Body Era

Hugo Pfau - The Coachbult Packard

Griffith Borgeson - Cord: His Empire His Motor Cars

Don Butler - Auburn Cord Duesenberg

George H. Dammann - 90 Years of Ford

George H. Dammann & James K. Wagner - The Cars of Lincoln-Mercury

Thomas A. MacPherson - The Dodge Story

F. Donald Butler - Plymouth-Desoto Story

Fred Crismon - International Trucks

George H. Dammann - Seventy Years of Chrysler

Walter M.P. McCall - 80 Years of Cadillac LaSalle

Maurice D. Hendry - Cadillac, Standard of the World: The complete seventy-year history

George H. Dammann & James A. Wren - Packard

Dennis Casteele - The Cars of Oldsmobile

Terry B. Dunham & Lawrence R. Gustin - Buick: A Complete History

George H. Dammann - Seventy Years of Buick

George H. Dammann - 75 Years of Chevrolet

John Gunnell - Seventy-Five Years of Pontiac-Oakland


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