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1931 Duesenberg Model SJ Convertible Coupe / 2367 Vehicle Information

1931 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1931 Duesenberg Model SJ
High bid of $1,850,000 at 2013 RM Auctions - Monterey. (did not sell)
The convertible coupe with a disappearing top was listed among Murphy's factory-catalogued styles. It is believed that this design was fitted to 27 Model J chassis.

This example wears a very exact restoration. It has body number 925, engine number J-345, and frame and firewall numbered 2367. It is complete and numbers matching and as original as it was in 1930, retaining even the original crankshaft, numbered 345.

The car was purchased new by William Collins on August 20th of 1930. Unfortunately, Mr. Collins met an untimely end a day later, having never had the chance to enjoy his new Duesenberg. The car passed to Mickey Duffy, a prominent bootlegger in Philadelphia at the time. The car is said to have then passed to Owney Madden, who has since been dubbed 'The English Godfather' and immortalized in film and in print.

In 1931, the Duesenberg having had three owners during its first year of life, passed to James Imbrie Jr. In December of 1953, it was offered for sale in the classifieds in Motor Trend magazine. It was acquired by Allan Eby of Ohio in 1954, who passed it a year later to his son, Eldon. Eldon Eby would become the car's longest-term caretaker. Between 1975 and 1980, the car was restored to its original condition.

During the restoration, the car was converted to SJ specification, utilizing a single-carburetor supercharger assembled from meticulously remanufactured components. The engine was fully rebuilt with hardened valve seats and bearings.

In its restoration form, the car won Best Duesenberg and Best in Show at the ACD Club National Reunion in 1982.

In the early 1980s, ownership passed to John Thorpe, of California, in whose hands it appeared at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in 1983 and 1984. Over the next two decades, it would pass through the ownership of several collectors, including Gordon Apker and Calvin High.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2014


2013 RM Auctions - Monterey

High Bid (Lot was not sold)
USD $1,850,000

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1931 sales)

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1931 Duesenberg Model SJ's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1931 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Sedan25062018 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach $1,750,000$2,000,000
1931 Duesenberg Model SJ Disappearing Top Convertible Coupe by Murphy23672013 RM Auctions Monterey$1,850,000  

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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


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