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1934 Duesenberg Model SJ Continental Touring Berline / 2543 Vehicle Information

1934 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1934 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1934 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1934 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1934 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1934 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1934 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1934 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1934 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1934 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1934 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1934 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1934 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1934 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1934 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

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High bid of $800,000 at 2015 Keno Brothers : NY Auto. (did not sell)
Founded in 1919 on the engineering and racing experience of Fred and August Duesenberg, the Duesenberg Automobile and Motors Company was eventually bought by E.L. Cord. Cord's challenge to Fred was to build an American luxury car that could compete with the best that Europe had to offer.

The result was the iconic Model J, which boasted a 420 cubic-inch double overhead-cam engine with four valves per cylinder that produced 265 horsepower. The supercharged, dual-carburetor SJ form produced up to 400 horsepower and had a top speed of around 135 miles per hour.

This example is one of only thirty-five produced that were produced from the factory with the supercharger, and one of only five to be built with a closed body. The original owner, socialite Mrs. Henry Evans, was a Duesenberg enthusiast: J-514 was her third Duesenberg. She traded in J-315, a Rollston limousine, for this example from dealer J.S. Inskip, which had a price of $18,000. The roof-mounted luggage rack had an 800 lb. capacity. Mrs. Evans used this car on several European trips. It is believed that the supercharger may have been removed from the car at an early stage, perhaps while being used abroad to increase reliability.

She special-ordered the car with this unique Continental Touring Berline body by Rollston, who produced a total of 57 bodies for the J and JN chassis. Mrs. Evans paid $18,000 (around $300,000 today) for this exceptional car, and took it with her aboard the Queen Mary to go on several tours of Europe.

In October of 1944, Mrs. Evans took J-514 back to Inskip, where it was later sold to Herbert Waller, whose widow sold it to Charles Kyner in June of 1948. The car remained with Mr. Kyner until his passing. In 1987, his widow sold it to Jim Hoe in partnership with Judge John C. North II. A short time later, they sold it to Robert McGowan.

The current caretaker purchased the unrestored Duesenberg in mid-2013 and then commissioned a highly detailed, concours-quality restoration. Part of the work included a color change from two-tone brown to a two-tone maroon color scheme. A Zapon fabric-covered roof was also installed as originally specified. A proper Brian Joseph-built supercharger was also fitted, returning the car to its original mechanical specification.

This Duesenberg has a rare mesh heat-shielding underhood and could be the only Model J to have this feature.

After the restoration was completed, the car was shown at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and participated in the Pebble Beach Tour. It was then shown at the St. Michaels Concours d'Elegance where it won the 2014 Honorary Chairman's Award.

With its matching numbers, low mileage, and status as the last un-restored Model SJ, this Duesenberg is a rare look into the era of truly luxurious classic cars.


Provenance *
* Please note, dates are approximate

2015 Keno Brothers : NY Auto

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $950,000-USD $1,100,000 
High Bid (Lot was not sold)
USD $800,000

2015 Gooding & Company : Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $950,000-USD $1,400,000 
Lot was not sold

1934 Duesenberg Model SJ Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1934 sales)
1934 Duesenberg Model SJ Convertible Sedan by LeBaron
Chassis#: 2515
Sold for USD$1,567,500
  2014 RM Auctions - Amelia Island
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1934 Duesenberg Model SJ Boattail Speedster
Chassis#: J1342159
Sold for USD$660,000
  2007 RM Auctions The Ponder Collection
 
1934 Duesenberg SJ Boattail Speedster
Sold for USD$429,000
  2003 Carail Museum
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1934 Duesenberg Model SJ's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1934 DUESENBERG SJ CONTINENTAL TOURING BERLINE BY ROLLSTON25432015 Keno Brothers : NY Auto$800,000$950,000$1,100,000
1934 Duesenberg Model SJ Touring Berline25432015 Gooding & Company : Amelia Island $950,000$1,400,000

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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

1934 Duesenberg Model SJ

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