South Carolina Estate Donates Four Rare Cars to Museum

Published: September 14 2015 By @elanmcafee

Although Guy E. Beatty Jr. of Charleston, South Carolina recently passed away, part of his legacy will live on through the donation of four rare cars from his estate to the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum. “It’s the largest single gift the museum has ever received,” the museum's executive director Laura Brinkman said. “It’s so significant to the museum.”

The cars that comprised Beatty's posthumous donation included 1937 Cord Supercharged Phaeton, a 1936 Auburn Boattail Speedster, a 1931 Model J-387 Duesenberg Beverly sedan, and a 1934 Model J-250 Duesenberg LeGrande Dual Cowl Phaeton. The two Duesenbergs brought the museum's total number of this make on display to six owned and fourteen on display.

Although the museum had a lot of Doozies, as this model is often called, one of Beatty's cars represented a body style that was not present prior to the donation. As Brinkman notes, “These four are phenomenal. This is a spectacular gift for us. It fills gaps in our permanent collection,” Beatty's donation arrived at the museum just in time for an influx of visitors seen every year around Labor Day.

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