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1931 Duesenberg Model SJ Convertible Phaeton / 2506 Vehicle Information

1931 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1931 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1931 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1931 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1931 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1931 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

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The elegant and luxurious Duesenberg Model J automobiles were known as 'America's Mightiest Motor Car' and were built by the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Company in Auburn, Indiana. Errett Lobban Cord put out a tremendous effort to create the finest automobile in America. He enlisted the help of the two skilled German immigrant brothers from Indianapolis, Fred and August Duesenberg, to assist with this task. They had built Indianapolis 500-winning racecars and pioneered supercharger. The result of their efforts was one of the most elegant and expensive vehicle of its era. The Duesenberg was also the fastest American production car until the Chrysler 300 series in the mid-1950s.

The Model J was introduced just as the New York stock market crashed. These vehicles were largely hand-built with limited production or completely custom coachwork. In total, about 480 examples were completed form 1929 to 1937.

This Convertible Phaeton is chassis number 2506 and powered by engine number SJ-488. It is a sporty short-wheelbase, split-windshield Convertible Pheaton that received it coachwork from Gordon Buehrig. It was one of just five examples to be built by the Derham Body Company of Rosemont, Pennsylvania. Randy Ema, a Duesenberg expert, believes that SJ-488 was used as a factory demonstrator before being sold to Alexander Tiers, the vehicles first owner. The price for the car was a staggering $15,250, a considerable sum during that era. It then passed to Dick 'Hal' Rossen, who was briefly married to actress Jean Harlow. James Talmadge of Twentieth Century Fox (his father was Buster Keaton) was the cars next caretaker. Walter Bryson, who followed Talmadge, sold it to Gerald B. Strochecker of Portland, Oregon, in 1947. He owned four Duesenbergs, including a twin to this car, and was a scion of the family who owned the Strohecker grocery stores. The car was bequeathed to Strohecker's close friend, Charles F. Norris, who kept it for three decades before selling it to the present owners.

This is one of the rare SJ models, meaning its 420 cubic-inch straight-eight DOHC (four-valve per cylinder) Lycoming engine is fitted with a supercharger. There is a one-piece, eight-port, external exhaust pipe. The engine (painted green - the color of money) produces 320 horsepower which is sent to the rear wheels via a three-speed manual gearbox. Top speed is in the neighborhood of 125 mph. The wheelbase measurers 143.5 inches and the car weighs 5,270 pounds.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2011
This Duesenberg is one of five Derham convertible sedans wearing a design penned by artist Gordon Buehrig. The car was originally used as a factory demonstrator, and around 1934 was acquired by its first private owner, Alexander Tiers of Los Angeles. The car's next owner was Cinematographer Harold Rosson who sold it to Bob Roberts around 1938.

It is believed that Roberts or mechanic Joe Reindl swapped the engine, supercharger, hood, and exhaust manifold from J-208 (a Model SJ Murphy Convertible Sedan), into this Derham Convertible Sedan. The supercharger was subsequently removed at some later point.

In 1946, the Derham Convertible Sedan was sold to James Talmadge, who sold the car to Wharton Bryan in late 1947, who shortly thereafter to Gerald Strohecker of Oregon. Mr. Strohecker rebuilt the car from 1947 through 1951. His work was rewarded with a Grand Sweepstake ribbon in July of 1951 at the (H.O.C.O.) annual meet. The car remained with Mr. Strohecker for the remainder of his life, which came to an end in 1969. The Duesenberg was bequeathed to his friend, Charles Norris, also of Portland, Oregon.

Mr. Norris sold the car in November of 1977 to Thomas and Susan Armstrong of Issaquah, Washington. The Derham Convertible Sedan has remained in their care for the past 41 years.

Mr. Armstrong researched the vehicle and found it carried the bell housing from J-208. That car was found and a trade of bell housings was orchestrated, returning both Duesenbergs to their correct numerical configuration.

In 1982 the car received the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Club Category 1 Certification no. D-006, indicating it as the sixth Duesenberg to complete the rigorous review for authenticity.

In the 1980s, Mr. Armstrong acquired a supercharger and returned J-488 to its late-1930s specification.

J-488 has been enjoyed on numerous occasions, including a CCCA CARavan, three Duesenberg Tours, and the 1991 California Mille. Concours showings include the 1999 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, a 2008 CCCA First Place, and Best of Show at the 2013 Forest Grove Concours d'Elegance. It was also one of 16 automobiles displayed at the Allure of the Automobile exhibit at the Portland Art Museum.


The car is finished in black paint with a matching canvas convertible top, accented by red pin-striping. It has the rare eight-port manifold which gives away the presence of the 320 horsepower supercharged engine. The interior is finished in brown leather.


By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2018


2018 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $1,750,000-USD $2,000,000 
Lot was not sold

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1931 sales)

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1931 Duesenberg Model SJ's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1931 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Sedan25062018 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach $1,750,000$2,000,000
1931 Duesenberg Model SJ Disappearing Top Convertible Coupe by Murphy23672013 RM Auctions Monterey$1,850,000  

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Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ
1929 Two-Door Convertible
Coachbuilder: Bohman & Schwartz
Chassis Num: 2268
Engine Num: J-240
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1930 Convertible Victoria
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company
Chassis Num: 2293
Engine Num: J272

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ
1931 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2367
Engine Num: J-345
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ
1931 Convertible Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Derham
Chassis Num: 2506
Engine Num: SJ-488

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ
1933 Beverly Sedan
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Engine Num: SJ-512
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ
1933 Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: Murphy

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ
1933 Convertible Victoria
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company
Engine Num: J-272
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ
1933 Convertible Sedan Speedster
Coachbuilder: Schwartz

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ
1933 Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2437
Engine Num: J 425
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ
1933 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2496
Engine Num: SJ478

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ
1933 Arlington Torpedo Sedan
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company
Chassis Num: 2539
Engine Num: J-513
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1933 LWB Phaeton
Coachbuilder: LaGrande
Chassis Num: 2540
Engine Num: J510

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1933 Riviera Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Brunn
Chassis Num: 2577
Engine Num: SJ528
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ
1934 Torpedo Convertible
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company
Engine Num: SJ-517

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ
1934 LaGrande Phaeton
Chassis Num: 2131
Engine Num: J-107
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1934 Convertible Berline
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 2515
Engine Num: J-494

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1934 Continental Touring Berline
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company
Chassis Num: 2543
Engine Num: J-514
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ Special Mormon Meteor
1935 Racer
Engine Num: J557

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ
1935 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Walker
Chassis Num: 2405
Engine Num: J-530
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ
1935 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2406
Engine Num: J527

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ
1935 Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Union City
Chassis Num: 2558
Engine Num: J-537
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ
1935 Convertible Victoria
Coachbuilder: Darrin
Chassis Num: 2571
Engine Num: J-543

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ
1935 Town Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Bohman & Schwartz
Chassis Num: 2582
Engine Num: SJ553
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJN
1935 Convertible Victoria
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company
Chassis Num: 2589
Engine Num: SJN-564

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ
1935 Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Union City
Chassis Num: 2592
Engine Num: J-562
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SSJ
1935 Speedster
Chassis Num: 2594
Engine Num: J-563

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ
1935 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Bohman & Schwartz
Chassis Num: 2596
Engine Num: SJ 572
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ
1935 Torpedo Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Walker
Chassis Num: 2608
Engine Num: J582

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ
1935 Speedster
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: 2614
Engine Num: J-585

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJN
1936 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company


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