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1935 Duesenberg Model SJ


Chassis number : 2608

Duesenberg 1935 Duesenberg Model SJ History Specifications
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Sold for $1,650,000 at 2005 Vintage Motor Cars at Meadow Brook Hall.
The Model J was produced in Indianapolis from 1929 until 1937 with a 420 cubic-inch DOHC engine producing 265 horsepower in stock form and 320 horsepower in supercharged form. Each of the chassis sold received custom coachwork built to the whims of the owner. Prices ranged from $13,500 to $25,000. Five torpedo Phaetons were built to Gordon Buehrig's design. The first body was produced by Brunn and two subsequent bodies were built by Weymann.

This car is one of the last two Torpedo Phaetons, which were built by the A.J. Walker Company to the Gordon Buehrig design specifications. The Phaeton Convertible was a result of an ingenious body design that allowed the rear body, behind the rear seat, to open as a spacious compartment into which the top could be lowered completely. Both front and rear doors have roll-up windows. Combined with low windshields and the short-coupled body on the longer wheelbase chassis, the Torpedo Phaetons are among the sportiest four passenger bodies ever mounted on the Model J chassis.

It was originally delivered new to E.L. King of Winona, Wisconsin as J-558 on chassis $2558. Mr. King was apparently not satisfied with the car and Duesenberg agreed to replace the complete chassis and engine. The original body was installed on chassis #2608 with engine J-582.

During the car's early history, it was in the ownership of several caretakers, until it was crashed in the 1940s. Many of its parts were cannibalized. In the early 1960s, plans emerged to resurrect the vehicle. Over the course of a decade, many parts were sourced, and work began in 1973. The damaged chassis was discarded and chassis 2470 was then used to fit the LaGrande body. The project proved too much, and the Duesenberg and parts were sold to a new owner who later finished the work in 1987. The completed car made its debut at the CCCA Grand Classic where it scored a perfect 100 points.

In 2005, the car was offered at RM Auctions annual Vintage Motor Cars at Meadow Brook hall where it was sold to a new owner.

A complete restoration returning this classic to its original glory was completed in 2017.

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2005 Vintage Motor Cars at Meadow Brook Hall

Sale Price :
USD $1,650,000

1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Duesenberg Model SJ

(Data based on Model Year 1935 sales)
1935 Duesenberg II Model SJ Torpedo Phaeton
Chassis#: 1ETTW12B5NDJ00301
Sold for USD$187,000
  2020 RM Sothebys : Auburn Fall Auction
 
1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Dual-Cowl Phaeton in the style of LaGrande
Chassis#: 2592
Sold for USD$852,500
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Motor City Auction
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1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Town Car by Bohman & Schwartz
Chassis#: 2582
Sold for USD$3,630,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's : The Andrews Collection
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1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Dual Cowl Phaeton by LaGrande
Chassis#: 2552
Sold for USD$1,265,000
  2014 Auctions America - Auburn Fall
 
1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Dual-Cowl Phaeton
Chassis#: 2592
Sold for USD$858,000
  2013 Auctions America - Auburn Fall
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1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Convertible Coupe by Walker-LaGrande
Chassis#: 2405
Sold for USD$4,510,000
  2013 RM Auctions - Amelia Island
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1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Roadster
Chassis#: 2596
Sold for USD$3,300,000
  2009 Pebble Beach Auction : Gooding & Company
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1935 Duesenberg Model SJ
Chassis#: 2406
Sold for USD$1,430,000
  2009 Sports & Classics of Monterey
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1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Bohman and Schwartz
Sold for USD$4,400,000
  2007 Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction
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1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Torpedo Phaeton
Chassis#: J582
Sold for USD$1,650,000
  2005 Vintage Motor Cars at Meadow Brook Hall
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Duesenberg Model SJs That Failed To Sell At Auction

1935 Duesenberg Model SJ's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1935 DUESENBERG SJ DUAL COWL PHAETON25922015 BarrettJackson Scottsdale   

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1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Profiles

1935 Duesenberg Model SJ vehicle information
Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2406
Engine #: J527
1935 Duesenberg Model SJ vehicle information
Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Darrin
Designer: Gordon Buehrig
Chassis #: 2571
Engine #: J-543
1935 Duesenberg Model SJ vehicle information
Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachwork: Union City
Designer: Gordon Buehrig
Chassis #: 2592
Engine #: J-562
1935 Duesenberg Model SJ vehicle information
Speedster
Coachwork: Gurney Nutting
Designer: Gordon Buehrig
Chassis #: 2614
Engine #: J-585
1935 Duesenberg Model SJ vehicle information
Town Cabriolet
Coachwork: Bohman & Schwartz
Chassis #: 2582
Engine #: SJ553
1935 Duesenberg Model SJ vehicle information
Cabriolet
Coachwork: Bohman & Schwartz
Chassis #: 2596
Engine #: SJ 572
1935 Duesenberg Model SJ vehicle information
Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Walker
Chassis #: 2405
Engine #: J-530
1935 Duesenberg Model SJ vehicle information
Torpedo Phaeton
Coachwork: Walker
Designer: Gordon Buehrig
Chassis #: 2608
Engine #: J582