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1930 Duesenberg Model J

Chassis number : 2474

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Sold for $1,066,500 at 2022 Bonhams : Amelia Island Concours.
New York coachbuilder Rollston Co. bodied automobiles beginning in 1921. Founded by Harry Loenschein and associates, Rollston was best known for its almost staid and conservative 'top hat' formal limousines. At the opposite end of the spectrum, however, it designed and produced what are arguably some of the most beautiful and elegant convertible victorias - including four on the Duesenberg chassis. As the demand for coachbuilt vehicles dwindled, Loenschein decided to liquidate the company. Rudolph 'Rudy' Creteur, who was the manager of Rollston's shop and lead designer and engineer, purchased the bulk of the assets at auction and set up a firm of similar name - Rollson.

Like all Duesenbergs, this car sports a Lycoming built 420 cubic-inch straight-eight producing 265 horsepower, a number unmatched by any other manufacturer at the time. This particular convertible victoria is on the short wheelbase chassis and was originally owned by Cotton Club co-founder Owney Madden.

Sold for $1,066,500 at 2022 Bonhams : Amelia Island Concours.
The four-passenger Convertible Victoria coachwork by Rollston has a top that folds virtually flush with the car's beltline when lowered, resulting in a clean appearance that compliments the Model J's sporting persona. Two versions of this body style were built, on a short- and long-wheelbase chassis, and with and without rear quarter windows.

This particular example, with body number 485, was built to design number 361 with the blind-quarter top. It is believed that this body was originally mounted to this chassis, number 2474, but may have been later installed on another Model J, engine number J-387.

This Duesenberg was first owned by Joe Rosenthal, then by Gunnar Anderson, who modified the vehicle by cutting down the tops of the doors. The car was later sold to Dick 'The Baron' Meyer of New Jersey, in whose ownership the Rollston body was exchanged for a Murphy Beverly.

The Rollston coachwork has been restored to its original configuration and reunited with short-wheelbase frame number 2474. (Its firewall is stamped with the number 2408 and the engine is mated to the original bell-housing J-394). The work was performed while in the care of John Longo of Lake Ronkonkoma, New York, and upon completion won a First Primary at Hershey in 1973. The car was then shown in CCCA competition, earning a Senior First Prize in 1974 with a score of 99.25 points. It was also awarded Best of Show at the New Hope Auto Show in 1975.

In 1978, Mr. Longo sold the Model J to Seymour Siegel, in whose ownership it was fully restored anew in the present livery of white with tobacco brown moldings, tan top, and tan leather upholstery. At this time, the car received external exhausts similar to the ones used on the supercharged 'SJ' Duesenbergs. While in his car, J-394 was inspected by the ACD Club and awarded Category 1 Certification, meaning it is comprised entirely of original Model J components.

This Duesenberg remained with Mr. Siegel until October 2004 and was then sold to the present owner's father. For the past 17 years, before coming to Bonham's Amelia Island Auction in 2022, has remained in the family's care. During that time, the car was shown in 2018 at The Elegance at Herhsey.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2022

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2022 Bonhams : Amelia Island Concours

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $900,000-USD $1,200,000 
Sale Price :
USD $1,066,500

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 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 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