1933 Duesenberg Model SJ Convertible Coupe / 2496 Chassis 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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Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Murphy
Designer: Gordon Buehrig
Chassis Num: 2496
Engine Num: SJ478
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

Chassis# 2496

No auction information available for this vehicle at this time.

Analysis

Chassis number 2496 Auction Sales History

2017 1
2015 1
2013 1
2010 2
2008 1
2005 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2017$2,300,000$2,300,0001
2015$1,595,000$1,595,0001
2013$1,760,000$1,760,0001
2010$1,050,500$1,430,0002
2008$1,688,500$1,688,5001
2005$1,320,000$1,320,0001

Recent Sales

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

No Sale

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