Racer
Engine Num: J557
Beverly Sedan
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Engine Num: SJ-512
Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company
Convertible Victoria
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company
Engine Num: J-272
Torpedo Convertible
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company
Engine Num: SJ-517
Convertible Sedan Speedster
Coachbuilder: Schwartz
Two-Door Convertible
Coachbuilder: Bohman & Schwartz
Chassis Num: 2268
Engine Num: J-240
Convertible Victoria
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company
Chassis Num: 2293
Engine Num: J272
Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2367
Engine Num: J-345
Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Walker
Chassis Num: 2405
Engine Num: J-530
Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2406
Engine Num: J527
Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2496
Engine Num: SJ478
Convertible Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Derham
Chassis Num: 2506
Engine Num: SJ-488
Convertible Berline
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 2515
Engine Num: J-494
Arlington Torpedo Sedan
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company
Chassis Num: 2539
Engine Num: J-513
LWB Phaeton
Coachbuilder: LaGrande
Chassis Num: 2540
Engine Num: J510
Continental Touring Berline
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company
Chassis Num: 2543
Engine Num: J-514
Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Union City
Chassis Num: 2558
Engine Num: J-537
Convertible Victoria
Coachbuilder: Darrin
Chassis Num: 2571
Engine Num: J-543
Riviera Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Brunn
Chassis Num: 2577
Engine Num: SJ528
Town Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Bohman & Schwartz
Chassis Num: 2582
Engine Num: SJ553
Convertible Victoria
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company
Chassis Num: 2589
Engine Num: J-564
Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Union City
Chassis Num: 2592
Engine Num: J-562
Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Bohman & Schwartz
Chassis Num: 2596
Engine Num: SJ 572
Torpedo Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Walker
Chassis Num: 2608
Engine Num: J582
Speedster
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: 2614
Engine Num: J-585
Two-Door Convertible
Coachwork: Bohman & Schwartz
Chassis Num: 2268
Engine Num: J-240
The Duesenberg J was unabashedly advertised as 'The World's Finest Motor Car,' and the only copy used in many of the company's advertisements was simply, 'He/She drives a Duesenberg.' The list of Duesenberg buyers was a Who's Who of Hollywood elite along with captains of industry. No wonder - a bare chassis cost $7,500 and coachwork added another $10,000 to $15,000 (the cost of a new Ford in 1929 was less than $400).

This 1929 Duesenberg SJ with coachwork by Bohman & Schwartz is a previous Ault Park Concours d'Elegance 'Best of Show' winner. Duesenberg automobiles were offered from 1913 thru 1937. Industrialist E.L. Cord purchased the Indianapolis, IN, company in 1926 and hired Fred Duesenberg to design a luxury chassis and an engine that would be the best in the world. The Duesenberg Model J was introduced at the New York Car Show of 1928. In unsupercharged form, the J produced a whopping 276 horsepower from a straight-8 engine with dual overhead camshafts, and was capable of a top speed of 119 mph, and 94 mph in 2nd gear. The supercharged version of the Model J, the SJ, could do 104 mph in second and have a top speed of 135-140 mph in third gear; and at a time when the best cars of the era would not exceed 100 mph. Prices ranged from $13,500 to $25,000.

This car has Murphy roadster-style coachwork that was modernized and restyled in period by Bohman & Schwartz of Pasadena, California. Styling changes included a full-length hood, a long flowing back body treatment, special skirted fenders, an external exhaust, and modern full-face bumpers. The standard Duesenberg grille and lighting were retained. One of the earliest owners of this car was Edward Beale McLean, who famously owned the Hope Diamond and whose family owned The Washington Post. The current owner bought the car in 1994.

Christian Bohman and Maurice Schwartz, located in Pasadena, California, were well known for their elegant coachwork during the 1930's and worked on creating bodies for many marques such as Cadillac, Cord, LeSalle, Buick, and Duesenberg. Both Bohman and Schwartz had been employees of the Walter M. Murphy Company before it was dissolved; went they found themselves without employment, they formed their own company in 1932 and continued until 1947.

This 1929 Duesenberg SJ has coachwork by Bohman & Schwartz.

Chassis# 2268

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Recent Sales

1929 DUESENBERG SJ LEBARON DUAL COWL PHAETON
Chassis#:Chassis#:2158
Sold for $1,430,000
  2014 Barrett-Jackson's 43RD Annual Scottsdale Auction
 

No Sale

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