1933 Duesenberg Model SJ Convertible Coupe / 2496 Vehicle Information

1933 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1933 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1933 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1933 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1933 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1933 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1933 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1933 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1933 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1933 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1933 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1933 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1933 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1933 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1933 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1933 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1933 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1933 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1933 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1933 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1933 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

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Great ingredients guarantee spectacular results. In the case of a Duesenberg, it was the magical combination of Fred Dusenberg's mechanical skills, E. L. Cord's capital and a supercharged 320 horsepower Lycoming straight eight engine, that resulted in a legendary vehicle. It produced 55 more horsepower than its normally aspirated cohort. There were just 36 examples produced, which cost an additional $1,000 per chassis, before the company went under in 1937. That meant that an SJ was a $9,500 investment before the owner spent a single cent on its custom body! No coachbuiler bodied more chassis for Duesenberg than Walter M. Murphy Co, of Pasadena, California.

Duesenbergs were innovative machines, debuting innovations which have since become industry standards. Some of these are heat treated molybdenum steel chassis, ground, instead of cast, transmission gears, lightweight tubular axles and a self-damping design reducing crankshaft vibrations. This was America's first straight eight and the first overhead camshaft production car.

This car, engine SJ478 and chassis 2496, is now on its third owner. Initially it was owned by an executive of the A&P Grocery chain. It was then the property of a Harvard student who saw it advertised for sale in a New York Times ad in 1953. The asking price was a hefty $2,000.

The car is a Murphy Coupe with disappearing top and has never been restored. Unlike many of the other Duesenberg Model J's, its engine is painted red. Apparently the factory installed supercharged motor was rebuilt in the 1950s at which point it was painted red. The current caretaker has owned its since 1953, when he successfully talked his father into buying him the car as a gift for graduating Harvard Law School. It was listed for sale in a New York Times ad for $2,250. Other than a repaint and some new chrome, The Duesie is essentially unrestored and in remarkably original condition with just 60,000 miles from new.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jun 2016


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1933 Duesenberg Model SJ Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1933 sales)
1933 Duesenberg Model SJ Sweep Panel Phaeton by LaGrande
Chassis#: 2540
Sold for USD$2,300,000
  2017 Auctions America : Auburn Fall
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1933 Duesenberg Model SJ 'Riviera' Phaeton by Brunn
Chassis#: 2577
Sold for USD$1,595,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Monterey
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1933 Duesenberg Model SJ Beverly by the Walter M. Murphy Company
Chassis#: 2538
Sold for USD$1,760,000
  2013 RM Auction - Art of the Automobile
 
1933 Duesenberg SJ Riviera Phaeton
Chassis#: 2551
Sold for USD$1,430,000
  2010 RM Auctions - Sports & Classics of Monterey
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1933 Duesenberg SJ LWB Convertible Berline
Sold for USD$671,000
  2010 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions
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1933 Duesenberg Model SJ
Sold for USD$1,688,500
  2008 Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey by RM Auctions
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1933 Duesenburg Model SJ Riviera Phaeton
Chassis#: 2551
Sold for USD$1,320,000
  2005 Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island
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Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1933 Duesenberg Model SJ's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ
1929 Two-Door Convertible
Coachbuilder: Bohman & Schwartz
Chassis Num: 2268
Engine Num: J-240
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ
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
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ
1933 LWB Phaeton
Coachbuilder: LaGrande
Chassis Num: 2540
Engine Num: J510

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

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ
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

1933 Duesenberg Model SJ

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