1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy / 2551 Chassis Information

Convertible Coupe Roadster
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2551
Engine Num: J-119
Sold for $1,540,000 at 2016 RM Sothebys.
Around 60 Convertible Coupe bodies were produced by the Walter M. Murphy Company of Pasadena, CA for the Model J Duesenberg chassis. The disappearing top models were all fully custom and were individually built for their original owners. This history of this particular example began in Chicago in 1934 with one of the earliest Model Js built. The car had returned back to the Duesenberg Factory Branch in that city by its original owner, O.W. Hunke, to have its Derham Sedan body updated and mounted on a new supercharged chassis. The remaining gently used chassis and engine required new coachwork. For this, the Los Angeles Factory Branch adapted a Murphy 'Disappearing Top' Convertible Coupe body, number 922, which was in stock at the time. It had several unusual specially ordered features which included a full trunk instead of a rumble seat. The interior of the luggage compartment was finished in polished woodwork. Since that time, the car has since been reconfigured with a rumble seat.

After the Murphy body was installed, the car was sold to P.P. Willis. Over the years, it would be owned by several other Chicago-area owners, included the used Duesenberg dealer John Troka. In the late 1940s, it was purchased from James E. Hanger III of Leonardtown, Maryland, by Melvin Clemans. In need of restoration, the Murphy Convertible Coupe was rebuilt with frame number 2551 and firewall number 2577.

In 1963, ownership of the Duesenberg passed to Elmer DiPiero of Ohio, then through the hands of Allen Bittner and Dr. Patrick J. Frank in Pennsylvania. It later spent several years in New Jersey, including time in the collection of Gifford Oborne.

The Model J was eventually acquired from Mr. Oborne by Eric Bardeen of Deland, Florida and retained the car for over a quarter-of-a-century. In 2010, the Duesenberg was driven from Florida to Auburn where the ACD Club was celebrating the Year of the Duesenberg. After returning back to Florida, the car was given a restoration, which included new maroon paintwork and a fresh leather interior.

Recently, the car has been treated to a comprehensive serving.
By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2016

Chassis# 2551

2016 RM Sotheby's : Motor City
Estimated Value:$1,250,000-$1,650,000 
Sale Price$1,540,000

Analysis

Chassis number 2551 Auction Sales History
2016$1,540,000

2017 2
2016 3
2015 1
2013 4
2012 3
2011 2
2010 1
2009 1
2008 2
2007 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2017$1,155,000$1,430,0002
2016$2,320,000$3,000,0003
2015$2,530,000$2,530,0001
2013$1,272,972$2,365,0004
2012$1,070,667$1,897,5003
2011$723,250$742,5002
2010$748,000$748,0001
2009$836,000$836,0001
2008$1,080,750$1,413,5002
2007$1,650,000$1,650,0001

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1929 sales)
1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe by Murphy
Chassis#: 2168
Sold for $1,430,000
  2017 RM Sothebys : Monterey
    
1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Berline by Murphy
Chassis#: J259
Sold for $880,000
  2017 RM Sothebys : Santa Monica
 
1929 Duesenberg Model J 'Disappearing Top' Convertible Coupe by Murphy
Chassis#: 2551
Sold for $1,540,000
  2016 RM Sotheby's : Motor City
    
1929 Duesenberg Model J Dual Cowl Phaeton
Chassis#: 2151
Sold for $2,420,000
  2016 Gooding & Company : The Scottsdale Auction
 
1929 Duesenberg Model J Disappearing Top Torpedo Convertible Coupe by Murphy
Chassis#: 2199
Sold for $3,000,000
  2016 RM Sothebys : Arizona
 
1929 Duesenberg J Convertible Coupe, Rumbleseat
Sold for $2,530,000
  2015 Morphy Auctions : Premier Automobile Sale
 
1929 Duesenberg Model J Disappearing-Top Convertible Coupe
Chassis#: 2134
Sold for $2,365,000
  2013 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach
    
1929 Duesenberg Model J Dual-Cowl Phaeton in the style of Murphy
Chassis#: 2201
Sold for $682,000
  2013 RM Auctions - St John's
    
1929 DUESENBERG MODEL J CABRIOLET MURPHY
Sold for $1,319,888
  2013 ARTCURIAL MOTORCARS À RÉTROMOBILE
 
1929 DUESENBERG J MURPHY BERLINE CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 2307
Sold for $725,000
  2013 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale
    
1929 Duesenberg Model J Sport Sedan by Walter M. Murphy Co.
Chassis#: 2163
Sold for $792,000
  2012 RM Auctions - Hershey, PA
    
1929 Duesenberg Model J Disappearing Top Convertible Coupe
Chassis#: 2134
Sold for $1,897,500
  2012 RM Auctions - Monterey
    
1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Sedan
Chassis#: 2225
Sold for $522,500
  2012 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auction
    
1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Berline by Murphy Inc
Chassis#: 2307
Sold for $704,000
  2011 RM Auctions - Concours d'Elegance at St. Johns
    
1929 Duesenberg Model J Clear Vision Sedan
Chassis#: 2209 / J187
Sold for $742,500
  2011 Automobiles of Arizona by RM Auctions
 
1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe
Chassis#: J194
Sold for $748,000
  2010 RM Auctions - Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey
    
1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy
Sold for $836,000
  2009 The Scottsdale Auction : Gooding & Company
    
1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe
Chassis#: 2165
Sold for $1,413,500
  2008 Sports & Classics of Monterey by RM Auctions
    
1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy
Sold for $748,000
  2008 Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook
    
1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy
Sold for $1,650,000
  2007 Vintage Motor Cars at Hershey
    

No Sale

1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Sedan21942014 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours $1,350,000$1,750,000
1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy 2007 Bonhams, An Important Sale of Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia $850,000$950,000
1929 DUESENBERG MURPHY ROADSTER 2001 Kruse Auction Scottsdale Arizona$625,000  

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