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1927 Hudson Model O
1927 Packard 343 Third Series Eight
Chassis number: 222555
1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom I
1928 Hudson Model O
1928 Mercedes-Benz 630K
1928 Mercedes-Benz Model S
Chassis number: 35313
1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy
Chassis number: 2201
Engine number: J-183
1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy
Chassis number: 2225
Engine number: J-355
1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy
Chassis number: 2165
Engine number: J142
1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy
Chassis number: 2307
Engine number: J288
1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy
Chassis number: 2209
Engine number: J187
1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy
Chassis number: 2163
Engine number: J-139
1929 Duesenberg Model SJ
1929 Mercedes-Benz SSK
1929 Minerva Type AM
1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I
Chassis number: S293FP
Engine number: 22937
1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I
Chassis number: S 287 FP
Engine number: 22877
1930 Cadillac Series 452A V16
1930 Cadillac Series 452A V16
1930 Cord L-29
1930 Cord L-29
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy
Chassis number: 2310
Engine number: J-284
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy
Chassis number: 2317
Engine number: J-302
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy
Chassis number: 2305
Engine number: J287
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy
Chassis number: 2388
Engine number: J-357
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy
Engine number: J-357
1930 Duesenberg Model SJ
Chassis number: J360
1931 Bentley 8-Liter
Chassis number: YR5085
1931 Duesenberg Model J Murphy
Chassis number: 2414
Engine number: J395
1931 Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1931 Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1931 Duesenberg Model J Murphy
Engine number: J-131
1931 Duesenberg Model SJ
Chassis number: 2367
Engine number: J-345
1932 Duesenberg Model J Murphy
Engine number: J-154
1932 Duesenberg Model J Murphy
Engine number: J-476
1932 Duesenberg Model J Murphy
Chassis number: 2330
Engine number: J315
1932 Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1932 Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1932 Lincoln Model KB
1932 Lincoln Model KB
1932 Lincoln Model KB
1932 Peerless V-16 Prototype
1933 Duesenberg Model J
Chassis number: 2446
Engine number: J-429
1933 Duesenberg Model J
1933 Duesenberg Model SJ
Chassis number: 2496
Engine number: SJ478
1933 Duesenberg Model SJ
Engine number: SJ-512
1933 Duesenberg Model SJ
1934 Duesenberg Model J
1934 Duesenberg Model J
Chassis number: 2457
Engine number: J-450
1934 Duesenberg Model J
1934 Duesenberg Model J
Chassis number: 2490
Engine number: J-461
1934 Duesenberg Model J
1935 Duesenberg Model SJ
Chassis number: 2406
Engine number: J527
1936 Duesenberg Model J
The Walter M. Murphy Company was based in Pasadena, California and was one of the greatest coachbuilder of his era. Walter's family had made a fortune in the Michigan timber industry and his uncle, William, was an investor in Henry Ford's Detroit Automobile Company. Later, William was an investor in the Henry Ford Company and then its successor, Henry LeLand's Cadillac.

In the early 1900's, Walter moved to California and started a millwork company which evolved into a successful venture. He sold the company in 1916 and opened a luxury car dealership on South Hope Street in Los Angeles. The company sold mostly Simplex and Locomobiles during its early existence. Later, other marquee's such as Lincoln were added.

Unimpressed with some of the bodies being produced, he opened his own coach-works factory on North Vernon Street in Pasadena. The company's first designer was general manager George R. Fredericks.

The birth-place of the American automobile was in the Midwest and Northeast of the United States. The vehicles constructed reflected these changing climates and terrain. Murphy wanted a body that matched the Californian lifestyle. His creations were graceful yet sporty; fresh but well crafted.

The first body constructed by the Murphy Coachbuilding company went into the possession of Walter Murphy. The second went to Douglas Fairbanks.

Murphy Coachwork appeared on prominent marquee names such as Duesenberg, Mercedes-Benz, and Peerless, among others. The Walter M. Murphy Company created more bodies for the Duesenberg Model J than any other single coachbuilder.