During some research I found out Duryea and Vanderbilt were good friends and Vanderbilt even named a road in honor to Duryea along the famous race way he built called Long Island Motor Parkway. Judge for yourself and compare the two photos. I honestly believe that is none other than William K. Vanderbilt, Jr. himself sitting in Duryea’s car and he’s even wearing the same type of jacket.
At the top is a photo of Duryea and he looks nothing like the man in that car. On the other hand check out the other two.