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1930 Duesenberg Model J

Chassis number : 2336

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Sold for $880,000 at 2012 RM-Automobiles of Arizona.
Sold for $1,155,000 at 2015 RM Sotheby's : Amelia Island.
Sold for $1,650,000 at 2019 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island.
This 1930 Duesenberg Model J LWB Dual Cowl Phaeton by LeBaron is chassis number 2336 and is powered by engine J487. It was delivered new as J320/2336 to a Mr. J. Clarke Dean of Chicago, Illinois in 1930. This is the only long-wheelbase version of the LeBaron sweep panel phaeton ever built. The wheelbase measures 153.5-inchs, a fitting vehicle for Mr. Dean, who it is believed was a successful Chicago brokers well as a golfer and member of Chicago's Athletic and Racquet Clubs.

The car was in the hands of gas station owner in Grand Rapids, Michigan by 1948, at which point it was discovered that its original engine had been replaced by J487. It is not known why the switch was made.

Until the 1950s, the car remained in the Midwest, with owners in Michigan, before being sold to residents in West Virginia. From there, it made its way to Maryland, first into the ownership of T.J. (Tom) Blash, who owned drive-in theaters and was involved in chemical sales. Other owners included T.J. Cramblett and William Coverdale of Waynesville, Ohio. In November of 1964, the car was acquired by Tony Pascucci of Meriden, Connecticut for $16,600. Mr. Pascucci would become a long-term caretaker, installing the crankshaft from J467 and keeping the car until March 1984. At some point in the late-1980s, the car was sold to William G. Lassiter, Jr. of West Palm Beach, Florida, who showed it at the Gilmore Duesenberg show in June 1987 and the Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance. Later in the vehicle's life, it entered the John O'Quinn collection.

In 2012, this vehicle was offered for sale at RM Auctions sale in Scottsdale, Arizona. It was estimated to sell for $900,000-$1,200,000. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $880,000 inclusive of buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2012
Sold for $880,000 at 2012 RM-Automobiles of Arizona.
Sold for $1,155,000 at 2015 RM Sotheby's : Amelia Island.
Sold for $1,650,000 at 2019 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island.
This Dual Cowl Phaeton, with its two-tone 'sweep panel' color scheme, was an original design created for the Duesenberg Model J by LeBaron and used on the very first Duesenberg J chassis. This car is believed to be the last example of this design and the only Dual Cowl built on the 153.5 inch chassis. It was originally delivered in 1930 to Chicago sportsman J. Clarke Dean Sr. in the late 1940s, it was acquired by Wallace Peck in Michigan, before passing through a succession of collectors. One of these was Edward P. Hettinger Jr., whose son occasionally drove it on his local drag strip, enjoying the fact that it never had any competition in its class! Although carefully preserved, the car never received a full restoration until it was restored by Fran Roxas just prior to his retirement. Finished in black and cafe au lait paintwork, the 2019 Pebble Beach Concours was the first concours since the completion of the restoration.

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2019 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $1,600,000-USD $2,000,000 
Sale Price :
USD $1,650,000

2015 RM Sotheby's : Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $1,200,000-USD $1,400,000 
Sale Price :
USD $1,155,000

2012 RM-Automobiles of Arizona

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $900,000-USD $1,200,000 
Sale Price :
USD $880,000

1930 Duesenberg Model J Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Duesenberg Model J

(Data based on Model Year 1930 sales)
1930 Duesenberg Model J Willoughby Limousine
Sold for USD$1,000,000
  2022 Broad Arrow Auctions : Monterey Jet Center Auction
1930 Duesenberg Model J image  1930 Duesenberg Model J image  
1930 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Berline by LeBaron
Chassis#: 2380
Sold for USD$1,061,000
  2022 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1930 Duesenberg Model J image  1930 Duesenberg Model J image  
1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Victoria
Chassis#: 2474
Sold for USD$1,066,500
  2022 Bonhams : Amelia Island Concours
1930 Duesenberg Model J image  1930 Duesenberg Model J image  
1930 Duesenberg Model J Berline
Sold for USD$527,500
  2021 Worldwide Auctioneers : The 14th Annual Auburn Auction
 
1930 Duesenberg Model J Berline
Chassis#: J350
Sold for USD$605,000
  2020 Worldwide Auctioneers : Scottsdale Arizona Auction
 
1930 Duesenberg Model J 'Sweep Panel' Dual-Cowl Phaeton by LeBaron
Chassis#: 2336
Sold for USD$1,650,000
  2019 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
1930 Duesenberg Model J image  1930 Duesenberg Model J image  
1930 Duesenberg Model J Torpedo Phaeton
Chassis#: 2276
Sold for USD$935,000
  2019 Mecum : Kissimmee
1930 Duesenberg Model J image  1930 Duesenberg Model J image  
1930 Duesenberg Model J Dual Cowl Phaeton
Chassis#: 2407
Sold for USD$770,000
  2018 Mecum : Las Vegas
 
1930 Duesenberg Model J Imperial Cabriolet by Hibbard & Darrin
Chassis#: 2275
Sold for USD$995,000
  2018 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
1930 Duesenberg Model J image  
1930 DUESENBERG J DUAL-COWL PHAETON
Chassis#: J237
Sold for USD$880,000
  2017 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
 
1930 Duesenberg Model J 'Sweep Panel' Dual-Cowl Phaeton by LeBaron
Chassis#: 2336
Sold for USD$1,155,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Amelia Island
1930 Duesenberg Model J image  1930 Duesenberg Model J image  
1930 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe
Chassis#: 2347
Sold for USD$1,540,000
  2013 Auctions America - Auburn Fall
 
1930 Duesenberg Model J Torpedo Phaeton
Chassis#: 2276
Sold for USD$950,000
  2013 Mecum Auctions - Monterey
1930 Duesenberg Model J image  1930 Duesenberg Model J image  
1930 Duesenberg Model J Torpedo Phaeton
Chassis#: 2276
Sold for USD$698,500
  2013 Bonhams - Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance
1930 Duesenberg Model J image  1930 Duesenberg Model J image  
1930 Duesenberg Model J Limousine ACD Certified Category 1 Original
Chassis#: J2402
Sold for USD$370,000
  2012 Mecum - Anaheim, CA
 
1930 Duesenberg Boattail Speedster
Sold for USD$484,000
  2012 Auctions America - Auburn Spring
 
1930 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Sedan
Chassis#: 2228
Sold for USD$990,000
  2012 RM - Milhous Collection, Fla
 
1930 DUESENBERG J
Chassis#: 2401
Sold for USD$1,045,000
  2012 Barrett-Jackson at Scottsdale, Arizona
 
1930 Duesenberg Model J LWB Dual Cowl Phaeton
Chassis#: 2336
Sold for USD$880,000
  2012 RM-Automobiles of Arizona
1930 Duesenberg Model J image  1930 Duesenberg Model J image  
1930 Duesenberg Model J Dual Cowl Phaeton
Chassis#: J237
Sold for USD$363,000
  2011 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Amelia Island
 

Duesenberg Model Js That Failed To Sell At Auction

1930 Duesenberg Model J's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1930 Duesenberg Model J Limousine by Willoughby24022022 RM Sothebys : The Hershey Auction $750,000$950,000
1930 Duesenberg Model J Torpedo Phaeton22762018 Mecum : Monterey$900,000$1,000,000$1,200,000
1930 Duesenberg Model J Torpedo Phaeton22762016 Mecum : Monterey$800,000  
1930 Duesenberg Model J Torpedo Berline Convertible Formerly Owned by Tyrone Power23152014 Mecum Kissimmee$1,400,000$1,500,000$2,000,000
1930 Duesenberg Model J Torpedo Phaeton Upgraded Coachwork by Fran Roxas of Chicago22762014 Mecum Kissimmee$1,100,000$1,100,000$1,500,000
1930 Duesenberg Model J Limousine Coachwork by WilloughbyJ24022012 Mecum Monterey, CA$350,000  
1930 Duesenberg Model J Limousine24022012 Mecum Auctions Kissimmee Florida$350,000  
1930 Duesenberg Model J Torpedo Phaeton22762011 Bonhams Quail Lodge Sale $800,000$1,000,000
1930 Duesenberg Model J Torpedo Phaeton22762010 Bonhams Greenwich Concours d'EleganceCollectors' Motorcars $800,000$1,000,000
1930 DUESENBERG J BERLINE22612001 Kruse Auction Santa Clara, CA   
1930 DUESENBERG J 254 TOWN CABRIOLET 2001 Kruse Auction Tulsa, OK$750,000  
1930 DUESENBERG J BERLINE22612001 Kruse Auction Scottsdale Arizona$370,000  

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1930 Duesenberg Model J Profiles

1930 Duesenberg Model J vehicle information
LeGrande Torpedo Phaeton
Coachwork: Walker
Chassis #: 2276
Engine #: J-255
1930 Duesenberg Model J vehicle information
Convertible Berline
Coachwork: LeBaron
Chassis #: 2380
Engine #: J362
1930 Duesenberg Model J vehicle information
Limousine
Coachwork: Judkins
1930 Duesenberg Model J vehicle information
Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachwork: LeBaron
Chassis #: 2270
Engine #: J243
1930 Duesenberg Model J vehicle information
Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Hibbard and Darrin
Chassis #: 2300
Engine #: J-277
1930 Duesenberg Model J vehicle information
Convertible Coupe
Designer: Graber
Chassis #: 2254
Engine #: J-148
1930 Duesenberg Model J vehicle information
Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachwork: LeBaron
Chassis #: 2336
Engine #: J487
1930 Duesenberg Model J vehicle information
Limousine
Coachwork: Willoughby
Chassis #: 2402
Engine #: J-306
1930 Duesenberg Model J vehicle information
Imperial Cabriolet
Coachwork: Hibbard and Darrin
Chassis #: 2275
Engine #: J-254
1930 Duesenberg Model J vehicle information
Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Rollston & Company
Chassis #: 2474
Engine #: Bell-Housing No: J-394
1930 Duesenberg Model J vehicle information
Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachwork: LaGrande
1930 Duesenberg Model J vehicle information
LeGrande Torpedo Phaeton
Coachwork: Walker
Chassis #: 2483
Engine #: J-368
Vin #: Firewall Number: 2483