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1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy

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Sold for $3,305,000 at 2022 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Auburn Auction.
The Model J Duesenberg is plausibly the most outstanding example of design and engineering of the Classic Era. It was introduced in 1929 and trading was halted on the New York Stock Exchange for the announcement. At $8,500 for the chassis alone, it was the most expensive car in America. With coachwork, the delivered price of many Duesenbergs approached $20,000 at a time when a typical new family car cost around $500. The base price for the chassis alone exceeded $8,500.

The Model J's specifications sound current today: double overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, power hydraulic brakes, and 265 horsepower in naturally aspirated form or 325 horsepower when supercharged.

The Murphy Body Company of Pasadena, California is generally recognized as the most successful coachbuilder for the Duesenberg Model J chassis.

The current owner purchased the car in Naples, Florida from the previous owner who acquired it in 1968.

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2022 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Auburn Auction

Sale Price :
USD $3,305,000

1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Duesenberg Model J Murphy

(Data based on Model Year 1929 sales)
1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe
Chassis#: 2265
Sold for USD$3,305,000
  2022 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Auburn Auction
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1929 Duesenberg Model J Sport Sedan by Murphy
Chassis#: 2132
Sold for USD$1,710,000
  2022 RM Sothebys : Monterey
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1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy Convertible Coupe
Chassis#: 2165
Sold for USD$2,365,000
  2022 Mecum : Glendale
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1929 Duesenberg Model J 'Butterfly' Dual-Cowl Phaeton by Murphy
Chassis#: 2169
Sold for USD$3,305,000
  2021 RM Sothebys : Monterey
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1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy Convertible Sedan
Chassis#: 2245
Sold for USD$2,365,000
  2021 Mecum : Monterey
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1929 Duesenberg Model J 'Disappearing Top' Torpedo by Murphy
Chassis#: 2199
Sold for USD$5,725,000
  2021 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island Auction
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1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe by Murphy
Chassis#: 2168
Sold for USD$1,430,000
  2017 RM Sothebys : Monterey
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1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Berline by Murphy
Chassis#: J259
Sold for USD$880,000
  2017 RM Sothebys : Santa Monica
 
1929 Duesenberg Model J 'Disappearing Top' Convertible Coupe by Murphy
Chassis#: 2551
Sold for USD$1,540,000
  2016 RM Sotheby's : Motor City
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1929 Duesenberg Model J Disappearing Top Torpedo Convertible Coupe by Murphy
Chassis#: 2199
Sold for USD$3,000,000
  2016 RM Sothebys : Arizona
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1929 Duesenberg J Convertible Coupe, Rumbleseat
Sold for USD$2,530,000
  2015 Morphy Auctions : Premier Automobile Sale
 
1929 Duesenberg Model J Disappearing-Top Convertible Coupe
Chassis#: 2134
Sold for USD$2,365,000
  2013 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach
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1929 Duesenberg Model J Dual-Cowl Phaeton in the style of Murphy
Chassis#: 2201
Sold for USD$682,000
  2013 RM Auctions - St John's
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1929 DUESENBERG MODEL J CABRIOLET MURPHY
Sold for USD$1,319,888
  2013 ARTCURIAL MOTORCARS À RÉTROMOBILE
 
1929 DUESENBERG J MURPHY BERLINE CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 2307
Sold for USD$725,000
  2013 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale
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1929 Duesenberg Model J Sport Sedan by Walter M. Murphy Co.
Chassis#: 2163
Sold for USD$792,000
  2012 RM Auctions - Hershey, PA
1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy image  1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy image  
1929 Duesenberg Model J Disappearing Top Convertible Coupe
Chassis#: 2134
Sold for USD$1,897,500
  2012 RM Auctions - Monterey
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1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Sedan
Chassis#: 2225
Sold for USD$522,500
  2012 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auction
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1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Berline by Murphy Inc
Chassis#: 2307
Sold for USD$704,000
  2011 RM Auctions - Concours d'Elegance at St. Johns
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1929 Duesenberg Model J Clear Vision Sedan
Chassis#: 2209 / J187
Sold for USD$742,500
  2011 Automobiles of Arizona by RM Auctions
 

Duesenberg Model J Murphys That Failed To Sell At Auction

1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1929 Duesenberg Model J Clear-Vision Sedan by Murphy22092018 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island $750,000$1,000,000
1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Sedan21942014 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours $1,350,000$1,750,000
1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy 2007 Bonhams, An Important Sale of Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia $850,000$950,000
1929 DUESENBERG MURPHY ROADSTER 2001 Kruse Auction Scottsdale Arizona$625,000  

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1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy Profiles

1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Clear Vision Sedan
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2209
Engine #: J187
1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Convertible Sedan
Coachwork: Murphy
Engine #: J262
1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
SWB Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2301
Engine #: J-279
1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
SWB Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2198
Engine #: J179
1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2169
Engine #: J403
1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Convertible Sedan
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2225
Engine #: J-355
1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
SWB Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2154
Engine #: J132
1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
SWB Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2165
Engine #: J142
1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Convertible Coupe Roadster
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2168
Engine #: J-147
1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
SWB Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2223
Engine #: J-200
1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
SWB Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2213
Engine #: J194
1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Sport Sedan
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2132
Engine #: J-151
1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2196
Engine #: J175
1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
SWB Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2134
Engine #: J-108
1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Convertible Berline
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2307
Engine #: J288
1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
SWB Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Murphy
Engine #: J-184
1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Sport Sedan
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2163
Engine #: J-139
1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2201
Engine #: J-183
1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Convertible Sedan
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2194
Engine #: J-173
1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
SWB Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2212
Engine #: J192
1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Clear Vision Sedan
Coachwork: Murphy
1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Convertible Coupe Roadster
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2551
Engine #: J-119
1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Town Limousine
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2243
Engine #: J218
1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Convertible Coupe Roadster
Coachwork: Murphy
Engine #: J112
1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Torpedo Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2199
Engine #: J-414
1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
SWB Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Murphy
Engine #: J-239
1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
LWB Convertible Sedan
Chassis #: 2245
Engine #: J-225