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1930 Duesenberg Model J


Chassis number : 2275

Duesenberg 1930 Duesenberg Model J History Specifications
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Sold for $995,000 at 2018 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island.
This Duesenberg Model J was bodied by the Parisian coachbuilders Hibbard & Darrin as an Imperial Cabriolet. It was built using their patented all-aluminum Silentlyte construction method. The car was on display at the 1930 Paris Auto Salon when it was viewed by William Randolph Hearst, the legendary newspaper baron and one of the wealthiest, most powerful men in the world at the time. He bought it for Marion Davies and sent to Los Angeles. When it arrived in California, Hearst and Davies went for a chauffeured test drive.

While on a drive, perhaps at a spirited pace, the car went around a corner and the body flexed and a rear door sprang open. Over Hearst was nearly dumped out of the car, it was sent to coachbuilder J. Gerald Kirchhoff shop, where the doors were rebuilt and their latches strengthened. At the same time, the body was modified slightly to suit its new owner's tastes, with the top and center door posts fixed into place, a removable 'flap' installed in the rear quarters (to improve passenger vision), and an enormous trunk added for travel.

Hearst and Davies used the car often, taking it with them all over the world, on journeys to Europe and Africa, in the holds of ocean liners and in railroad boxcars.

The car's first known owner following Hearst and Davies was a sailor who drive it back and forth across the country, before selling it in 1949 to W.D. Lehman of San Diego. A year later, it was sold to Robert E. Diller of San Francisco, who in 1954 passed it for $500 to Ray Wolff (the Auburn Cord Duesenberg (ACD) Club's longtime Duesenberg historian).

The car was later owned by Joe Kaufman who treated the car to a full restoration. It was driven extensively, occasionally being put into use towing a Duesenberg-powered race car.

Kaufmann sold J-254 in the early 1980s to fellow Wisconsin enthusiast, Gene Grengs of Eau Claire. Mr. Grengs enjoyed the car for several years before selling it to the Duesenberg collector, Jerry J. Moore. It remained with Mr. Moore until 1995, when it was purchased by Bob Dean of Louisiana. It later joined a collection in the Midwest, from which it was acquired in 2003 by Mr. Scott, several years after it had been cosmetically refinished in its present, black and pewter livery, with a complimentary interior.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2018

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2018 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $1,000,000-USD $1,400,000 
Sale Price :
USD $995,000

1930 Duesenberg Model J Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Duesenberg Model J

(Data based on Model Year 1930 sales)
1930 Duesenberg Model J Willoughby Limousine
Sold for USD$1,000,000
  2022 Broad Arrow Auctions : Monterey Jet Center Auction
1930 Duesenberg Model J image  1930 Duesenberg Model J image  
1930 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Berline by LeBaron
Chassis#: 2380
Sold for USD$1,061,000
  2022 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1930 Duesenberg Model J image  1930 Duesenberg Model J image  
1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Victoria
Chassis#: 2474
Sold for USD$1,066,500
  2022 Bonhams : Amelia Island Concours
1930 Duesenberg Model J image  1930 Duesenberg Model J image  
1930 Duesenberg Model J Berline
Sold for USD$527,500
  2021 Worldwide Auctioneers : The 14th Annual Auburn Auction
 
1930 Duesenberg Model J Berline
Chassis#: J350
Sold for USD$605,000
  2020 Worldwide Auctioneers : Scottsdale Arizona Auction
 
1930 Duesenberg Model J 'Sweep Panel' Dual-Cowl Phaeton by LeBaron
Chassis#: 2336
Sold for USD$1,650,000
  2019 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
1930 Duesenberg Model J image  1930 Duesenberg Model J image  
1930 Duesenberg Model J Torpedo Phaeton
Chassis#: 2276
Sold for USD$935,000
  2019 Mecum : Kissimmee
1930 Duesenberg Model J image  1930 Duesenberg Model J image  
1930 Duesenberg Model J Dual Cowl Phaeton
Chassis#: 2407
Sold for USD$770,000
  2018 Mecum : Las Vegas
 
1930 Duesenberg Model J Imperial Cabriolet by Hibbard & Darrin
Chassis#: 2275
Sold for USD$995,000
  2018 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
1930 Duesenberg Model J image  
1930 DUESENBERG J DUAL-COWL PHAETON
Chassis#: J237
Sold for USD$880,000
  2017 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
 
1930 Duesenberg Model J 'Sweep Panel' Dual-Cowl Phaeton by LeBaron
Chassis#: 2336
Sold for USD$1,155,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Amelia Island
1930 Duesenberg Model J image  1930 Duesenberg Model J image  
1930 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe
Chassis#: 2347
Sold for USD$1,540,000
  2013 Auctions America - Auburn Fall
 
1930 Duesenberg Model J Torpedo Phaeton
Chassis#: 2276
Sold for USD$950,000
  2013 Mecum Auctions - Monterey
1930 Duesenberg Model J image  1930 Duesenberg Model J image  
1930 Duesenberg Model J Torpedo Phaeton
Chassis#: 2276
Sold for USD$698,500
  2013 Bonhams - Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance
1930 Duesenberg Model J image  1930 Duesenberg Model J image  
1930 Duesenberg Model J Limousine ACD Certified Category 1 Original
Chassis#: J2402
Sold for USD$370,000
  2012 Mecum - Anaheim, CA
 
1930 Duesenberg Boattail Speedster
Sold for USD$484,000
  2012 Auctions America - Auburn Spring
 
1930 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Sedan
Chassis#: 2228
Sold for USD$990,000
  2012 RM - Milhous Collection, Fla
 
1930 DUESENBERG J
Chassis#: 2401
Sold for USD$1,045,000
  2012 Barrett-Jackson at Scottsdale, Arizona
 
1930 Duesenberg Model J LWB Dual Cowl Phaeton
Chassis#: 2336
Sold for USD$880,000
  2012 RM-Automobiles of Arizona
1930 Duesenberg Model J image  1930 Duesenberg Model J image  
1930 Duesenberg Model J Dual Cowl Phaeton
Chassis#: J237
Sold for USD$363,000
  2011 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Amelia Island
 

Duesenberg Model Js That Failed To Sell At Auction

1930 Duesenberg Model J's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1930 Duesenberg Model J Limousine by Willoughby24022022 RM Sothebys : The Hershey Auction $750,000$950,000
1930 Duesenberg Model J Torpedo Phaeton22762018 Mecum : Monterey$900,000$1,000,000$1,200,000
1930 Duesenberg Model J Torpedo Phaeton22762016 Mecum : Monterey$800,000  
1930 Duesenberg Model J Torpedo Berline Convertible Formerly Owned by Tyrone Power23152014 Mecum Kissimmee$1,400,000$1,500,000$2,000,000
1930 Duesenberg Model J Torpedo Phaeton Upgraded Coachwork by Fran Roxas of Chicago22762014 Mecum Kissimmee$1,100,000$1,100,000$1,500,000
1930 Duesenberg Model J Limousine Coachwork by WilloughbyJ24022012 Mecum Monterey, CA$350,000  
1930 Duesenberg Model J Limousine24022012 Mecum Auctions Kissimmee Florida$350,000  
1930 Duesenberg Model J Torpedo Phaeton22762011 Bonhams Quail Lodge Sale $800,000$1,000,000
1930 Duesenberg Model J Torpedo Phaeton22762010 Bonhams Greenwich Concours d'EleganceCollectors' Motorcars $800,000$1,000,000
1930 DUESENBERG J BERLINE22612001 Kruse Auction Santa Clara, CA   
1930 DUESENBERG J 254 TOWN CABRIOLET 2001 Kruse Auction Tulsa, OK$750,000  
1930 DUESENBERG J BERLINE22612001 Kruse Auction Scottsdale Arizona$370,000  

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1930 Duesenberg Model J Profiles

1930 Duesenberg Model J vehicle information
LeGrande Torpedo Phaeton
Coachwork: Walker
Chassis #: 2276
Engine #: J-255
1930 Duesenberg Model J vehicle information
Convertible Berline
Coachwork: LeBaron
Chassis #: 2380
Engine #: J362
1930 Duesenberg Model J vehicle information
Limousine
Coachwork: Judkins
1930 Duesenberg Model J vehicle information
Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachwork: LeBaron
Chassis #: 2270
Engine #: J243
1930 Duesenberg Model J vehicle information
Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Hibbard and Darrin
Chassis #: 2300
Engine #: J-277
1930 Duesenberg Model J vehicle information
Convertible Coupe
Designer: Graber
Chassis #: 2254
Engine #: J-148
1930 Duesenberg Model J vehicle information
Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachwork: LeBaron
Chassis #: 2336
Engine #: J487
1930 Duesenberg Model J vehicle information
Limousine
Coachwork: Willoughby
Chassis #: 2402
Engine #: J-306
1930 Duesenberg Model J vehicle information
Imperial Cabriolet
Coachwork: Hibbard and Darrin
Chassis #: 2275
Engine #: J-254
1930 Duesenberg Model J vehicle information
Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Rollston & Company
Chassis #: 2474
Engine #: Bell-Housing No: J-394
1930 Duesenberg Model J vehicle information
Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachwork: LaGrande
1930 Duesenberg Model J vehicle information
LeGrande Torpedo Phaeton
Coachwork: Walker
Chassis #: 2483
Engine #: J-368
Vin #: Firewall Number: 2483