The Wrigley Corporation was a prominent business and very popular when Phillip K. Wrigley, heir to the fortune, purchased chassis number 2479 for the sum of $15,450. It was delivered on November 28th of 1931. While in his ownership, the Duesenberg was taken on several trips to the family estate on Santa Catalina Island near Los Angeles.
When the car was delivered to Mr. Wrigley, it wore Convertible Victoria coachwork by Rollston. Not satisfied with the design, he had the car restyled with larger doors. It was sent to H.A. Walker in Indianapolis, but the company went bankrupt almost as soon as the car arrived on their premises. It was returned to Wrigley in 1937 and then sent to Bohman and Schwartz in Pasadena, California.
During the Second World War, it was kept in storage at the Wrigley country home in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. In February 1946 the car was sold to John Troka of Chicago, along with his other Duesenberg, J 501.
Troka sold the car in March of 1946 to Gerald Meeker of Michigan who then sold it to a noted early Duesenberg collector, Marshall Merkes. It remained in Merkes possession for just seven months before it was sold back to Troka in fall of 1949. Soon after, it was sold to Mr. Paoli and then passed through two other Midwest collectors, even being displayed in Michigan's Poll Museum, where it remained from 1953 through 1964. From there, it passed through several prominent collectors, eventually coming into the care of Phil and Carol Bray in 1997. The Bray's had the engine rebuilt and was done to the highest of standards.
In the years that followed, the car was awarded CCCA Primary, Senior and Premier awards, and an ACD Club certified as a Category One Original Car in 1998. It earned a score of 99 3/4 points at the July 1998 Grand Classic. At the Michigan Region CCCA it was presented an award for the most miles driven by a Full Classic.
During this cars existence, it has been driven just 61,000 miles and has been meticulously maintained. It is finished in a dramatic color scheme and features side mounts with correct metal covers, dual spotlights, driving lights and horns. It rides on 17-inch chrome wire wheels.
In 2009, this Model J Convertible Sedan with coachwork by Bohman and Schwartz was offered for sale at the Gooding & Company auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. The lot failed to sell after its reserve was not met.