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1932 Duesenberg Model J Murphy

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Enthusiasts recognize that the Duesenberg Brothers made a marvelous product, but they did not run a business that was sustainable in the long run. The firm's financial statements indicate that the cost of production exceeded that of total sales, exclusive of overhead and administrative costs. However, their mission was different; they wished to produce a custom-built luxury car of marked distinction to compete with European cars in a class above any other American marque. This they did.

The Duesenberg J's engine produced 265 horsepower, enough to propel the car to speeds in excess of 110 miles per hour; it produced 374 foot-pounds of torque at just 2,000 RPM. The chassis became a favorite for coachbuilders creating custom one-off cars. A buyer could also purchase limited production series with superb in-house bodies designed by Gordon Buehrig.

Murphy, like some of the other coachbuilders of the day, was a popular choice for Duesenberg owners. Known for their simple and refined good taste, the Walter M. Murphy Body Co. in Pasadena, California would produce a significant amount of bodies for several of the luxury manufacturers. In the 1920's, the cars came as a rolling chassis and the owner sought out a coachbuilder - in this case Murphy. The Model J Duesenberg was regarded as the most outstanding prestige motor car of the day, and it was by far the most expensive car in America. Depending on the coachwork, the price could reach $20,000, which was a staggering sum at a time when a new home could be purchased for under $10,000 and a new family car typically cost around $500.

This 1932 Duesenberg wears Convertible Victoria coachwork by the Walter M. Murphy Company, of Pasadena, California, the leading provider of custom bodies for the Duesenberg J and SJ chassis. Its previous body was a 4-Passenger Convertible Coupe, also by Murphy. The original owner was Thomas Dickinson, of Chicago, who eventually traded it for another Duesenberg, J-498X. Production of the Model J lasted until 1937, when the company closed down. Only 481 examples were produced, no two exactly alike.

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1932 Duesenberg Model J Murphy Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Duesenberg Model J Murphy

(Data based on Model Year 1932 sales)
1932 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe by Murphy
Sold for USD$825,000
  2010 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Amelia Island
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1932 Duesenberg Model J Murphy
Chassis#: 2330
Sold for USD$407,000
  2006 RM Auctions at Amelia Island
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1932 Duesenberg Model J Murphy Conv.Coupe
Sold for USD$748,000
  2004 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona
 
1932 Duesenberg Durham Tourister
Sold for USD$429,300
  2003 Houston Classic
 

Duesenberg Model J Murphys That Failed To Sell At Auction

1932 Duesenberg Model J Murphy's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1932 DUESENBERG PHAETON CONVERTIBLE SEDAN 2001 Kruse Auction Tulsa, OK$350,000  
1932 DUESENBERG 4 DOOR PHAETON CONVERTIBLE SEDAN 2001 Kruse Auction Tulsa, OK$350,000  

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1932 Duesenberg Model J Murphy Profiles

1932 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2330
Engine #: J315
1932 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Murphy
1932 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Convertible Sedan
Coachwork: Murphy
1932 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Sports Boattail Torpedo
Coachwork: Murphy
Designer: Franklin Hershey
Engine #: J-476
1932 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2364
Engine #: J340
1932 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Convertible Sedan
Coachwork: Murphy
1932 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Murphy
Engine #: J-154