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1930 Duesenberg Model J

Convertible Sedan by Murphy
$3,525,000
Sale Price
$2,000,000 - $2,400,000
Est. Range
Yes
Reserve
5 March 2022
Sold Date
154
Lot Number
#1
Concours restoration
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
Chassis no. 2294; Engine no. J-269. Dark blue with dark gray cloth top over Rose leather. 420/265hp, 3-speed, Twilite headlights, chrome wire wheels, dual enclosed sidemounts with mirrors and chrome wraps, outside exhaust head pipes, extra set of chrome wire wheels with wide whitewall tires.

Evaluation: Spectacular paint, chrome, upholstery, glass, and top. A concours Duesenberg restored a dozen years ago for David Kane, class winner at Pebble Beach in 2011 and maintained in concours condition since then by the current owner. Represented as the original frame, firewall, engine, and coachwork.

Bottom Line: This is an outstanding Duesenberg bodied with one of Murphy’s best designs and one of few Model Js to remain together throughout its life with stewardship by several classic car collector stalwarts. Its acceptance at RM Amelia surprised even the usually optimistic pre-sale estimate. A great car for which a great price was paid.

by Rick Carey
25 March 2022
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Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.“
Condition #2: Excellent
#2 vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicles that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is “excellent.“
Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
N/A
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