Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2196
Engine Num: J175
Duesenberg Automobile and Motors Company was an American manufacturer of luxury automobiles located in Auburn, Indiana. Duesenbergs were built between 1913 and 1937, and they were some of the most luxurious and innovative cars of their time.

This is one of only three Dual Cowl Murphy-bodied Phaetons. Murphy was a popular choice for Duesenberg owners. In the 1920s, the cars came as a rolling chassis and the owner sought out a coachbuilder to create a custom body to their liking.

The Model J Duesenberg was regarded as the most outstanding motor car of the day; the chassis alone cost $8,500. It was by far the most expensive car in America. Depending on the coachwork, the price could reach $20,000; A staggering sum at a time when a new family car cost around $500.

This 1929 Model J Duesenberg Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton was originally owned by Wm. 'Roxy' Rothafels of New York theater impresario and entrepreneur. It has been owned by the current owner since 1954 (for an asking price of $4,000), quite possible setting some sort of record for single Duesenberg ownership. It has an all-aluminum body designed by Murphy Coach Works of Pasadena, CA, and is a unique one-off prototype. Three more similar, but not identical, bodies were produced for owners in the early 1930s. What distinguishes this particular car is the complete absence of any outside door handles, hinges or other ornamentation. The result is an uninterrupted flow of the long graceful fender and body lines. It was recently treated to a well-deserved, comprehensive restoration.

Chassis# 2196

No auction information available for this vehicle at this time.

Analysis

Chassis number 2196 Auction Sales History

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

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2017$880,000$880,0001
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

1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Berline by Murphy
Chassis#: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#: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#: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#: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
    
1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy
Sold for $902,000
  2006 Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction
    

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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