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1922 Duesenberg Model A

Chassis number : 798

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Sold for $260,000 at 2018 Worldwide Auctioneers : Pacific Grove Auction.
Sold for $379,000 at 2022 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Auburn Auction.
This Duesenberg Model A Touring car wears coachwork by Millspaugh & Irish. It was formerly part of the West Coast stables of Sid Buka and Nelson Thorpe, before joining the previous owner's collection in 2004. When acquired by the previous owner, the car was in 'modified - Hot Rod' condition, retaining its original frame, but had been shortened by seven inches. The front half of the original Millspaugh & Irish touring body, the differential, rear axle, and correct original braking system was still intact. The engine is correct, though its block is believed to have been a 1924 factory replacement.

The car was given an authentic and correct restoration. The chassis was returned to its original length, and the body was rebuilt using the surviving original panels, with the remainder recreated to a pattern taken from an original Millspaugh & Irish touring, using correct aluminum over wood framing. The completed car was finished in two-tone grey.

Since the restoration work was completed, the car has earned a Senior First Prize in Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club judging, Best Duesenberg at the Club's West Coast Meet (twice), and the Antique Automobile Club of America's Auburn Cord Duesenberg Trophy, recognizing it as the finest ACD automobile shown that year. It has also been fully Certified Category One (D-008) by the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2018
Sold for $260,000 at 2018 Worldwide Auctioneers : Pacific Grove Auction.
Sold for $379,000 at 2022 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Auburn Auction.
The Duesenberg Straight 8 motorcar is not only the first model built by Fred and Auggie Duesenberg, it is also the first in series production in the United States for the Straight 8 engine. Initially shown at the Commodore Hotel in New York City in late 1920, it would garner significant attention as an elegant and expensive premium automobile for the wealthiest clients. it is powered by the 260 cubic-inch engine with an overhead cam and two valves per cylinder that produces 88 horsepower. It also features 4-wheel hydraulic brakes.

With a base price of $7,800, a huge sum in the 1920s, very few were built between 1921 through 1925. It is believed that a total of 650 units were built and fewer than 30 are known to exist today. Model As were offered in various body configurations. This Phaeton is among the rarest and most desirable.

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2022 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Auburn Auction

Sale Price :
USD $379,000

2018 Worldwide Auctioneers : Pacific Grove Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $280,000-USD $320,000 
Sale Price :
USD $260,000

2018 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $325,000-USD $375,000 
Lot was not sold

1922 Duesenberg Model A Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Duesenberg Model A

(Data based on Model Year 1922 sales)
1922 Duesenberg Model A Phaeton
Chassis#: 798
Sold for USD$379,000
  2022 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Auburn Auction
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1922 Duesenberg Model A Sport Phaeton
Chassis#: 798
Sold for USD$260,000
  2018 Worldwide Auctioneers : Pacific Grove Auction
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1922 Duesenberg Model A Doctor's Coupe by Fleetwood
Chassis#: 661
Sold for USD$192,500
  2014 RM Auctions - Hershey
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1922 Duesenberg Model A Doctor's Coupe by Fleetwood
Chassis#: 661
Sold for USD$170,000
  2013 RM Auctions - St John's
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Duesenberg Model As That Failed To Sell At Auction

1922 Duesenberg Model A's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
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1922 Duesenberg Model A Touring by Millspaugh & Irish7982018 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island $325,000$375,000

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1922 Duesenberg Model A Profiles

1922 Duesenberg Model A vehicle information
Rumble Seat Coupe
Coachwork: Fleetwood
Chassis #: 661
Engine #: 1075
1922 Duesenberg Model A vehicle information
Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachwork: Fleetwood
Chassis #: 603
1922 Duesenberg Model A vehicle information
Tourer
Coachwork: Millspaugh & Irish
Chassis #: 798
Engine #: 1366