Convertible Coupe Roadster
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2168
Engine Num: J-147
Sold for $1,430,000 at 2017 RM Sothebys.
After E.L. Cord bought Duesenberg Motors in 1926, he decided that he wanted to build the ultimate motorcar. Known as the 'mightiest American motorcar,' the Duesenberg Model J was created to compete with high-end European marques such as Rolls-Royce and Hispano-Suiza. It debuted on December 1 at the New York Car Show of 1928, represented by a sweep-panel, dual-cowl phaeton, with coachwork by LeBaron. The luxurious and powerful Model J became a status symbol: Advertisements showed wealthy individuals with a simple caption: He - or she - drives a Duesenberg.

The 420 cubic-inch, DOHC, straight-eight engine was based on the Duesenberg brothers' successful racing engines of the 1920s and produced 265 horsepower. . The car was powered by a Lycoming-built straight-eight of Fred's design, with such innovations as twin overhead camshafts operating four valves per cylinder, true hemispherical combustion chambers, and an estimated 250 horsepower, more than double that of its competition. Its top speed was over 100 mph (it could achieve almost 90 mph in second gear). The rolling chassis of the Model J could be purchased for $8,500 and sent to a custom coachbuilder for a magnificent, one-of-a-kind automobile with prices sometimes rocketing high above the average American's yearly salary. In 1929 money, that was the equivalent of 50 Ford Model As, and in today's money, it's about a million dollars. Only 470 chassis and 480 engines were built between 1929 and 1936.

This example sports a striking convertible coupe body by the Walter M. Murphy Co. of Pasadena, California. It is one of only about 25 convertible coupes by Murphy with a standard, 'non-disappearing' top. It was originally owned by CBS executive H. Leslie Atlass of Chicago, Illinois, and can boast a string of other well-known owners. Its recent owners have had it expertly restored to its original condition.

This Duesenberg was delivered, as a 'sweep panel' dual-cowl phaeton by LeBaron, on July 29th of 1929 to H. Leslie Atlass. Mr. Atlass had a friend named Philip K. Wrigley who had a Model J with a Murphy convertible coupe J-121. The two men came to prefer the bodies of one another's automobiles and arranged to trade the coachwork between their two cars.

Ownership later changed to Bill Veeck Jr, also known as 'Short Shirt Bill.' He enjoyed his Duesenberg until the start of World War II, at which point it was traded on a Mercury. Subsequently, frost damage to the engine was repaired by Chicago specialist John Troka with the block and crankshaft of J-245; that car's firewall, 2253, was also installed at the same time.

In 1950, the car came into the care of Dave Farr of Hinsdale, Illinois who maintained the car for 13 years. Later long-term owners included Jack Siler of Ohio. In 2007, the car was purchased by Robert Perry of Birmingham, Alabama, who submitted for a full restoration. The completed car was shown at the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. In 2011, it won an Amelia Award at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance.

In 2016, the car was driven on the Duesenberg Tour in Northern Michigan. It is recognized by the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club as a Category One Certified car, having been inspected and certified by the Club no fewer than three times over the years.

Chassis# 2168

2017 RM Sothebys : Monterey
Estimated Value:$1,400,000-$1,700,000 
Sale Price$1,430,000

Analysis

Chassis number 2168 Auction Sales History
2017$1,430,000

2017 2
2016 3
2015 1
2013 4
2012 3
2011 2
2010 1
2009 1
2008 2
2007 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2017$1,155,000$1,430,0002
2016$2,320,000$3,000,0003
2015$2,530,000$2,530,0001
2013$1,272,972$2,365,0004
2012$1,070,667$1,897,5003
2011$723,250$742,5002
2010$748,000$748,0001
2009$836,000$836,0001
2008$1,080,750$1,413,5002
2007$1,650,000$1,650,0001

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1929 sales)
1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe by Murphy
Chassis#: 2168
Sold for $1,430,000
  2017 RM Sothebys : Monterey
    
1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Berline by Murphy
Chassis#: J259
Sold for $880,000
  2017 RM Sothebys : Santa Monica
 
1929 Duesenberg Model J 'Disappearing Top' Convertible Coupe by Murphy
Chassis#: 2551
Sold for $1,540,000
  2016 RM Sotheby's : Motor City
    
1929 Duesenberg Model J Dual Cowl Phaeton
Chassis#: 2151
Sold for $2,420,000
  2016 Gooding & Company : The Scottsdale Auction
 
1929 Duesenberg Model J Disappearing Top Torpedo Convertible Coupe by Murphy
Chassis#: 2199
Sold for $3,000,000
  2016 RM Sothebys : Arizona
 
1929 Duesenberg J Convertible Coupe, Rumbleseat
Sold for $2,530,000
  2015 Morphy Auctions : Premier Automobile Sale
 
1929 Duesenberg Model J Disappearing-Top Convertible Coupe
Chassis#: 2134
Sold for $2,365,000
  2013 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach
    
1929 Duesenberg Model J Dual-Cowl Phaeton in the style of Murphy
Chassis#: 2201
Sold for $682,000
  2013 RM Auctions - St John's
    
1929 DUESENBERG MODEL J CABRIOLET MURPHY
Sold for $1,319,888
  2013 ARTCURIAL MOTORCARS À RÉTROMOBILE
 
1929 DUESENBERG J MURPHY BERLINE CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 2307
Sold for $725,000
  2013 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale
    
1929 Duesenberg Model J Sport Sedan by Walter M. Murphy Co.
Chassis#: 2163
Sold for $792,000
  2012 RM Auctions - Hershey, PA
    
1929 Duesenberg Model J Disappearing Top Convertible Coupe
Chassis#: 2134
Sold for $1,897,500
  2012 RM Auctions - Monterey
    
1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Sedan
Chassis#: 2225
Sold for $522,500
  2012 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auction
    
1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Berline by Murphy Inc
Chassis#: 2307
Sold for $704,000
  2011 RM Auctions - Concours d'Elegance at St. Johns
    
1929 Duesenberg Model J Clear Vision Sedan
Chassis#: 2209 / J187
Sold for $742,500
  2011 Automobiles of Arizona by RM Auctions
 
1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe
Chassis#: J194
Sold for $748,000
  2010 RM Auctions - Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey
    
1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy
Sold for $836,000
  2009 The Scottsdale Auction : Gooding & Company
    
1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe
Chassis#: 2165
Sold for $1,413,500
  2008 Sports & Classics of Monterey by RM Auctions
    
1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy
Sold for $748,000
  2008 Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook
    
1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy
Sold for $1,650,000
  2007 Vintage Motor Cars at Hershey
    

No Sale

1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Sedan21942014 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours $1,350,000$1,750,000
1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy 2007 Bonhams, An Important Sale of Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia $850,000$950,000
1929 DUESENBERG MURPHY ROADSTER 2001 Kruse Auction Scottsdale Arizona$625,000  

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