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1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy

Chassis number : 2294

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Sold for $3,525,000 at 2022 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island.
Approximately 45 examples of the convertible sedan with coachwork by the Walter M. Murphy Company of Pasadena, California were applied to the Duesenberg. This particular example, with its Clear-Vision windshield frame, was delivered on February 28th of 1930 to Robert Grant, Jr. of New York City. The car remained in New York City until 1939 when it was owned by several short-term caretakers. Kalman Dirhan of Pennsylvania acquired it in 1940 and was used for approximately five years before it was placed into storage. It remained off the road until 1966, although it was mechanically rebuilt in 1957.

The car's next owner was M.H. 'Tiny' Gould of Milford who later sold it to Ralph Lehtola of Massachusetts. Dr. Richard K. Clements of New York City and Leominster, Massachusetts acquired it in 1972. In late 1985, the car was entrusted to Ted Billing of Massachusetts for a restoration back to its original condition. 'Doc' dictated that work should be completed at $500 a month, so it took nearly two decades to complete.

David Kane of New Jersey acquired the Duesenberg in 2004 following Doc's passing. Paint, bodywork, and mechanical finishes were completed by Billing's successor Byard Libbey, who continued operating out of Billings' old shop. Stone Barn of Vienna, New Jersey completed the final assembly, upholstery, and top. The engine was rebuilt with Carillo rods and new pistons. Even though this is not a supercharged example, side exhausts were added (sourced from Frank Kleptz).

In 2011, the car was awarded Best of Class at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Soon after, the car was sold to its current caretaker.

The car wears a dark blue exterior and plum leather interior. Features included the folding armrest in front and rear seats and the lockable 'umbrella cabinet' at the feet of rear seat passengers.


By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2022

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2022 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $2,000,000-USD $2,400,000 
Sale Price :
USD $3,525,000

1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Duesenberg Model J Murphy

(Data based on Model Year 1930 sales)
1930 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Sedan by Murphy
Chassis#: 2294
Sold for USD$3,525,000
  2022 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy image  1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy image  
1930 Duesenberg Model J Disappearing-Top Convertible Coupe
Chassis#: 2369
Sold for USD$3,965,000
  2021 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours Auction
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy image  1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy image  
1930 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe by Murphy
Chassis#: 2167
Sold for USD$1,132,500
  2020 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island Auction
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy image  1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy image  
1930 Duesenberg Model J Sport Berline
Chassis#: 2305
Sold for USD$2,040,000
  2019 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy image  1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy image  
1930 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Sedan by Murphy
Chassis#: 2345
Sold for USD$1,105,000
  2019 RM Sothebys : The Guyton Collection
 
1930 Duesenberg Model J Dual-Cowl Phaeton by Murphy
Chassis#: 2366
Sold for USD$2,090,000
  2016 RM Sotheby's : Hershey
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy image  1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy image  
1930 DUESENBERG MODEL J TOWN CABRIOLET
Chassis#: 2401
Sold for USD$1,254,000
  2016 Bonhams : Quail Lodge
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy image  1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy image  
1931 Duesenberg Model J Disappearing-Top Convertible Coupe
Chassis#: 2388
Sold for USD$2,640,000
  2016 Gooding & Company : The Amelia Island Auction
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy image  1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy image  
1930 DUESENBERG MODEL J DISAPPEARING TOP ROADSTER
Chassis#: 2346
Sold for USD$2,868,312
  2015 Bonhams : The Frederiksen Auction
 
1930 Duesenberg Model J Torpedo Berline Convertible
Chassis#: 2315
Sold for USD$1,425,000
  2014 Mecum - Monterey
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy image  
1930 Duesenberg Model J 'Disappearing Top' Convertible Coupe by Murphy
Chassis#: 2388
Sold for USD$2,200,000
  2014 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy image  1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy image  
1930 Duesenberg Model J Disappearing-Top Convertible Coupe
Chassis#: 2310
Sold for USD$2,640,000
  2012 Gooding and Company - The Scottsdale Auction
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy image  1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy image  
1930 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe by Walter M. Murphy Co
Chassis#: J331
Sold for USD$962,500
  2011 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Amelia Island
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy image  1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy image  
1930 Duesenberg Model J Sport Berline by Murphy
Chassis#: 2305
Sold for USD$1,705,000
  2010 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Amelia Island
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy image  1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy image  
1930 Duesenberg Model J Arlington Five-Passenger Club Sedan
Chassis#: 2261
Sold for USD$506,000
  2010 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
 
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy
Sold for USD$1,072,500
  2009 Automobiles of Amelia Island
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy image  1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy image  
1930 DUESENBERG J ARLINGTON SEDAN
Sold for USD$660,000
  2007 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale 2007
 
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy Berline
Sold for USD$1,650,000
  2006 Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy image  1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy image  
1930 Duesenberg Model J LWB Dual Cowl Phaeton
Chassis#: J487/2336
Sold for USD$1,001,000
  2006 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona
 
1930 Duesenberg Phaeton
Sold for USD$781,000
  2005 Worldwide Auctions - Houston Classic 2005
 

Duesenberg Model J Murphys That Failed To Sell At Auction

1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
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1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy Profiles

1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Disappearing Top Sedan
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2307
Engine #: J-288
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Berline
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2305
Engine #: J287
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Berline
Coachwork: Murphy
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Disappearing Top Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2310
Engine #: J-284
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Disappearing Top Torpedo Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2317
Engine #: J-302
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2340
Engine #: J401
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2167
Engine #: J-143
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Disappearing Top Sedan
Coachwork: Murphy
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Convertible Sedan
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2341
Engine #: J-328
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2347
Engine #: J-331
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2388
Engine #: J-357
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Roadster
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2266
Engine #: J236
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Torpedo Berline
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2315
Engine #: J-391
LWB Convertible Berline
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2377
Engine #: J360
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Town Car
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2401
Engine #: J-381
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Convertible Sedan
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2228
Engine #: J-208
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2366
Engine #: J-347
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Beverly Sedan
Coachwork: Murphy
Designer: Gordon Buehrig
Chassis #: 2429
Engine #: J-378
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Roadster
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2369
Engine #: J-235
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Convertible Sedan
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2294
Engine #: J-269