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1930 Duesenberg Model SJ Convertible Victoria / 2293 Vehicle Information

1930 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1930 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1930 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1930 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1930 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1930 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1930 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1930 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1930 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1930 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1930 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

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Sold for $957,000 at 2012 RM Auctions - St. Johns, Michigan.
The first Duesenberg Model J chassis was famously displayed at the 1929 New York Auto Show. Available in two wheelbases, it served as the ideal platform for some of the most luxurious coachwork produced during the Classic Era. Completed examples with coach work had price tags often approaching $20,000.

Chassis number 2293 with engine J272 is a Model SJ Convertible Victoria with coachwork by the Rollston Company. The Rollston Company was founded in 1921. In 1927 Rudy Creteur moved to Rollston from Locke as chief designer. From that point on, Creteur was responsible for most of Rollston's design. Between 1927 and 1931, there were just 218 Rollston bodies built. In all, Rollston bodied 57 Model Js, with 16 of those being convertible Victorias.

Chassis number 2293 was purchased new by famous band leader Paul Whiteman, who had a LeBaron Sport Phaeton body installed. In 1932, the car was bought by G. Tucker Smith, Of Virginia, from the Duesenberg factory branch in New York City, with the phaeton body still installed. Not satisfied with the open coachwork, in 1935 he purchased the Rollston Quarter-Window Convertible Victoria and had it installed on the car. The body was likely built from 1930-31 and was likely installed on another vehicle before being shown in Duesenberg's inventory later on. He also purchased a supercharger, which was installed and later replaced with a highly accurate reproduction unit.

Mr. Smith retained the car until 1938, when he traded it to Jones Motorcar Company, a Cadillac agency in Richmond, Virginia. Jones later sold the car to Mr. A. D. Price Jr., who was a local undertaker. Mr. Bruce Woodson, of Virginia purchased the car in 1941 - changed the color to green - then sold it to Mr. Mike Hodich in 1945. By 1955, the car was owned by Dr. J. F. Martin in Pennsylvania, who kept the car for 21 years before selling it to Judge John North, of Easton, Maryland, in 1976. Leo Gephardt purchased the car in 1977 and sold it the following year to Dr. Don Vesley. In the early 1980s, it was purchased by John Farrell of Seattle, Washington. While in Mr. Farrell's care, the car was given a concours-quality restoration and retained the car for 15 years, before selling it to Packard collector David Kane, of Bernardsville, New Jersey. in 2001, it entered its current ownership

In 2012, this car was offered for sale at the St. Johns Concours auction presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $850,000-$1,200,000. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $957,000 inclusive of buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2017


2012 RM Auctions - St. Johns, Michigan

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $850,000-USD $1,200,000 
Sale Price :
USD $957,000

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1930 sales)
1930 Duesenberg Model SJ Convertible Victoria
Chassis#: 2293
Sold for USD$957,000
  2012 RM Auctions - St. Johns, Michigan
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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

1930 Duesenberg Model SJ

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