1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Town Cabriolet / 2582 Chassis Information

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Town Cabriolet
Coachwork: Bohman & Schwartz
Chassis #: 2582
Engine # SJ553
Sold for $4,400,000 at 2007 Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction.
Sold for $3,630,000 at 2015 RM Sotheby's : The Andrews Collection.
In the post Depression era, only the best and most skilled craftsman were given the opportunity to pen a design for the elegant Duesenberg J and SJ. Bohman & Schwartz was able to weather the terrible times of the Great Depression due to their creativity, outstanding designs, exceptional salesmanship, and superb craftsmanship.

Maurice Schwartz learned the art of coachbuilding in Vienna at Armbruster. Armbruster was the carriage-maker to the Viennese royal family. By the early 1920s, he had emigrated to America and joined the Murphy body Company.

Swedish born Christian Bohman emigrated to America and found work at firms such as Holbrook and Brewster. In 1921 he moved to Pasadena, California and found a job at Murphy, Inc.

When the Murphy Company failed in 1932, Bohman and Schwartz purchased most of their former employee's equipment. They found work doing repairs and minor updates, and later working with prior clientele of the Murphy Corporation. Individuals such as Clark Gable, Barbara Hutton, Jeanette MacDonald, Bill Robinson, and Philip K. Wrigley were among the list who were seeking custom coachwork in the style of Murphy bodied cars. In total, Bohman and Schwartz were given the opportunity to body nine complete Duesenberg, five of which were rebodies and the other four were original designs.

This Town Car with chassis number SJ553 is one of the original designs, and one of the most outrageous and beautiful ever developed. It was designed by Herb Newport for screen star Mae West, however, she never took delivery of the car. Some believe she did not want to wait, other think it was the money, but Mae West later chose a Bohman & Schwartz Duesenberg with chassis number J370 in Convertible Coupe configuration.

When SJ553 was complete it was purchased by Ethel Mars on April 14th of 1935. Mars was the CEO of the Mars Candy Company and the sole heir to one of America's largest fortunes. The car was so elegant that it was featured in the November 16th, 1936 issue of Time Magazine. The car came with a sticker price exceeding $20,000.

Mrs. Mars kept the car for several years before selling it to Edward Engle Brown, the chairman of Chicago's First National Bank and Trust. it remained in his care until the late 1940s when possession changed to Harry Felz, a Chicago area Cadillac dealer who later sold it to Edward D. Jaffe and his brother Oscar for the sum of $2,500. It passed through several owners until coming into the collection of Bill Harrah in March of 1966. It remained in his collection until his death. The car was treated to its first restoration while in the care of Harrah.

The car was sold at auction in the mid 1980s for the sum of $860,000. A second comprehensive restoration was undertaken; when finished the car was painted in a fine metallic silver gray. The car remained in the owners care until his death. It was auctioned by Sotheby's in June of 1995 where it was purchased by RM Classic Cars who later sold it to John Groendyke of Enid, Oklahoma in 1997. The current owner acquired the car in 2000.

The car is currently finished in a black paint color and is reported to be in flawless condition. The driver's compartment is trimmed in black ostrich leather. The rear compartment is a deep, high gloss burgundy with a matching deep red upholstery.

It is a masterpiece that has a history that involves to famous females, Mae West and Mrs. Mars, two of the most prominent and wealthiest females of the era. It has a large wheelbase that measures 153.5-inches and a gorgeous coachbuilt body in one of the most sensational designs ever to be powered by a supercharged Duesenberg engine.

This car was brought to the 2007 Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction presented by RM Auctions, where it was one of the highlights of the event. It had one of the highest sales figures of the evening, selling for $4,400,000 including buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2007

2015 RM Sotheby's : The Andrews Collection

Sale Price :
$3,630,000

2007 Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$2,300,000-$3,000,000 
Sale Price :
$4,400,000

2015 2
2014 1
2013 2
2009 2
2007 1
2005 1
2004 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2015$2,241,250$3,630,0002
2014$1,265,000$1,265,0001
2013$2,684,000$4,510,0002
2009$2,365,000$3,300,0002
2007$4,400,000$4,400,0001
2005$1,650,000$1,650,0001
2004$4,455,000$4,455,0001

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1935 sales)
1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Dual-Cowl Phaeton in the style of LaGrande
Chassis#: 2592
Sold for $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 $3,630,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's : The Andrews Collection
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1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Dual Cowl Phaeton by LaGrande
Sold for $1,265,000
  2014 Auctions America - Auburn Fall
 
1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Dual-Cowl Phaeton
Sold for $858,000
  2013 Auctions America - Auburn Fall
 
1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Convertible Coupe by Walker-LaGrande
Chassis#: 2405
Sold for $4,510,000
  2013 RM Auctions - Amelia Island
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1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Roadster
Chassis#: 2596
Sold for $3,300,000
  2009 Pebble Beach Auction : Gooding & Company
1935 Duesenberg Model SJ image  1935 Duesenberg Model SJ image  
1935 Duesenberg Model SJ
Chassis#: 2406
Sold for $1,430,000
  2009 Sports & Classics of Monterey
1935 Duesenberg Model SJ image  1935 Duesenberg Model SJ image  
1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Bohman and Schwartz
Sold for $4,400,000
  2007 Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction
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1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Torpedo Phaeton
Chassis#: J582
Sold for $1,650,000
  2005 Vintage Motor Cars at Meadow Brook Hall
1935 Duesenberg Model SJ image  1935 Duesenberg Model SJ image  
1935 Duesenberg SJ Roadster
Sold for $4,455,000
  2004 Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

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 vehicle thumbnail image  1935 Duesenberg Model SJ vehicle thumbnail image  
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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ1929 Two-Door Convertible
Coachbuilder: Bohman & Schwartz
Chassis Num: 2268
Engine Num: J-240
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ1930 Convertible Victoria
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company
Chassis Num: 2293
Engine Num: J272
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ1931 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2367
Engine Num: J-345
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ1931 Convertible Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Derham
Chassis Num: 2506
Engine Num: SJ-488
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ1933 Beverly Sedan
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Engine Num: SJ-512
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ1933 Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ1933 Convertible Victoria
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company
Engine Num: J-272
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ1933 Convertible Sedan Speedster
Coachbuilder: Schwartz
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ1933 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2496
Engine Num: SJ478
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ1933 Arlington Torpedo Sedan
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company
Chassis Num: 2539
Engine Num: J-513
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ1933 LWB Phaeton
Coachbuilder: LaGrande
Chassis Num: 2540
Engine Num: J510
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ1933 Riviera Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Brunn
Chassis Num: 2577
Engine Num: SJ528
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ1934 Torpedo Convertible
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company
Engine Num: SJ-517
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ1934 LaGrande Phaeton
Chassis Num: 2131
Engine Num: J-107
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ1934 Convertible Berline
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 2515
Engine Num: J-494
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ1934 Continental Touring Berline
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company
Chassis Num: 2543
Engine Num: J-514
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ Special Mormon Meteor1935 Racer
Engine Num: J557
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ1935 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Walker
Chassis Num: 2405
Engine Num: J-530
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ1935 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2406
Engine Num: J527
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ1935 Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Union City
Chassis Num: 2558
Engine Num: J-537
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ1935 Convertible Victoria
Coachbuilder: Darrin
Chassis Num: 2571
Engine Num: J-543
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ1935 Town Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Bohman & Schwartz
Chassis Num: 2582
Engine Num: SJ553
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJN1935 Convertible Victoria
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company
Chassis Num: 2589
Engine Num: SJN-564
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ1935 Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Union City
Chassis Num: 2592
Engine Num: J-562
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SSJ1935 Speedster
Chassis Num: 2594
Engine Num: J-563
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ1935 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Bohman & Schwartz
Chassis Num: 2596
Engine Num: SJ 572
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ1935 Torpedo Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Walker
Chassis Num: 2608
Engine Num: J582
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ1935 Speedster
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: 2614
Engine Num: J-585
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJN1936 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company


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