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1929 Duesenberg Model J


Chassis number : 2210

Duesenberg 1929 Duesenberg Model J History Specifications
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High bid of $1,100,000 at 2022 Mecum : Monterey. (did not sell)
High bid of $900,000 at 2023 Mecum : Kissimmee. (did not sell)
Errett Lobban Cord purchased Duesenberg in 1926, immediately presenting Fred Duesenberg with the task of designing and building an entirely new automobile that could surpass the world's most magnificent automobiles and become 'The Mightiest American Motorcar.' Two years later, on December 1st of 1928, the Model J was introduced to the public.

This particular example is chassis number 2210 and engine number J-189. It currently wears a Blind Quarter Brougham body by LaGrande and is an ACD Category 1 Certified original car.

The car's first owner, Alice Paddock, took delivery on August 16th of 1929. At the time, it wore a Weymann sedan body only to be returned to Duesenberg by its second owner in 1933 for an upgrade to its current coachwork. It rests atop a 142.5-inch wheelbase platform which is the shorter of the two originally available. It has semi-elliptic parallel leaf springs front and rear with a solid beam front and banjo-type rear axle. Vacuum-assisted hydraulic drum brakes provide the stopping power. The chrome-plated, 19-inch, Buffalo-type, steel-spoke wheels with cast brass hubs each house a red Duesenberg badge. Beneath the bonnet is a 420 cubic-inch, dual overhead camshaft, straight-8 cylinder Lycoming engine with a single Stromberg carburetor producing 265 horsepower. The engine is paired with a floor-shifted, three-speed manual transmission, sending power to the rear wheels.

The body and fenders are finished in Maroon with a black fabric roof and an opening split V-windshield. Upper body moldings are a darker maroon with striping. The dual side-mounted spare tires have chrome coverings with side mirror accents on both sides of the body. Additionally, there are a pair of chrome-plated Pilot Ray driving lights that turn with the front wheels. On top of the chrome-plated radiator shell rests an optional 'Duesenbird' mascot. The front and rear of the vehicle is protected by plated Duesenberg dual-bar bumpers. A matching painted trunk offers storage at the rear of the chassis.

The interior of the Model J Duesenberg is trimmed in maroon cloth and carpeting, along with wood moldings and lighted vanities.

This vehicle's second owner was F.D. Daniels of Indianapolis who had the LaGrande body installed. Brooke Postley of New York acquired it in 1936 and sold it a year later to John Troka of Chicago. Also in 1937, the car was sold to a Mr. Evanston of Norfolk, Virginia, who kept it until 1951 when it passed to Ralph Block of Houston, Texas. Charles Faulkner purchased it in 1955 and sold it a year later to Neil Rogers. Jim Hoe of Hoe Sportcar Garage in Weston, Connecticut acquired it in 1957 and kept it until 1961 when it was sold to Irving Gardner of Hunter, New York. Gardner sold the car to Everest Wilson of Rhinebeck, New York, in 1985, and Wilson kept it until 1992, when he sold it to Tommy Crook of Auburn, Washington. A mechanical restoration was completed in 1994 by Libby's Classic Car Restoration Center in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.

Thomas Rupf of Germany purchased this mighty Duesenberg in 2007.
By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2022

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Provenance *
* Please note, dates are approximate

2023 Mecum : Kissimmee

High Bid (Lot was not sold)
USD $900,000

2022 Mecum : Monterey

High Bid (Lot was not sold)
USD $1,100,000

1929 Duesenberg Model J Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Duesenberg Model J

(Data based on Model Year 1929 sales)
1929 Duesenberg Model J Berline
Chassis#: 2143
Sold for USD$2,260,000
  2022 Worldwide Auctioneers : Scottsdale Arizona
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1929 Duesenberg Model J Sedan by Derham/Bohman & Schwartz
Chassis#: 2143
Sold for USD$737,000
  2018 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall
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1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Sedan
Chassis#: J262
Sold for USD$1,155,000
  2018 Mecum : Monterey
 
1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe by Fleetwood
Chassis#: 2157
Sold for USD$990,000
  2017 Auctions America : Auburn Fall
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1929 Duesenberg Model J Dual Cowl Phaeton
Chassis#: 2151
Sold for USD$2,420,000
  2016 Gooding & Company : The Scottsdale Auction
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1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe by Murphy
Chassis#: 2168
Sold for USD$1,402,500
  2015 Auctions America - Auburn Fall
 
1929 Duesenberg Model J Dual Cowl Phaeton
Chassis#: 2151
Sold for USD$2,090,000
  2014 Gooding & Company - The Scottsdale Auction
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1929 Duesenberg Model J Sport Sedan
Chassis#: 2163
Sold for USD$962,500
  2013 Auctions America - Auburn Fall
 
1929 Duesenberg Model J Sport Sedan
Chassis#: 2132
Sold for USD$990,000
  2012 RM Auctions - Monterey
 
1929 Duesenberg Model J Dual Cowl Phaeton 'Blue J'
Chassis#: 2292
Sold for USD$1,980,000
  2012 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auction
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1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Berline
Chassis#: 2127
Sold for USD$803,000
  2012 RM Auctions at Amelia Island, Fla
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1929 Duesenberg Model J Dual Cowl Phaeton
Chassis#: 2136 / J116
Sold for USD$1,237,500
  2011 Automobiles of Arizona by RM Auctions
 
1929 Duesenberg Model J 7-Passenger Sedan
Sold for USD$357,500
  2010 Auctions America : Auburn Collector Car Auction
 
1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Sedan
Chassis#: J262
Sold for USD$825,000
  2010 RM Auctions - Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook
 
1929 Duesenberg Model J
Sold for USD$858,000
  2009 Automobiles of Arizona
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1929 Duesenberg Model J
Sold for USD$1,375,000
  2009 The Scottsdale Auction : Gooding & Company
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1929 DUESENBERG DERHAM CONVERTIBLE COUPE
Sold for USD$742,500
  2008 Worldwide Auctions - The Auburn Auction 2008
 
1929 Duesenberg Model J Dual Cowl Phaeton
Chassis#: 2174
Sold for USD$1,760,000
  2008 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
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1929 Duesenberg Model J by Barker
Sold for USD$616,000
  2007 Gooding & Company
 
1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Sedan
Chassis#: J262
Sold for USD$907,500
  2006 RM Auctions at Meadow Brook
 

Duesenberg Model Js That Failed To Sell At Auction

1929 Duesenberg Model J's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1929 Duesenberg Model J1929 Duesenberg Model J LaGrande Blind Quarter Brougham22102023 Mecum : Kissimmee$900,000  
1929 Duesenberg Model J LaGrande Blind Quarter Brougham22102022 Mecum : Monterey$1,100,000  
1929 Duesenberg Model J Berline21432019 Worldwide Auctioneers : Riyadh Auction   
1929 Duesenberg Model J Dual Cowl Phaeton by LeBaron21742010 Worldwide Auctions The Auburn Auction $1,700,000$2,000,000
1929 Duesenberg Phaeton 2009 Leake Auctions Dallas 37th Annual Leake Auto Auction Market Hall$600,000  
1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupé22392009 Bonhams Automobiles d'Exception à Retromobile $1,500,000$2,000,000
1929 Duesenberg Model J Derham Convertible Coupe 2008 Collector Cars of Fort Lauderdale$640,000  
1929 Duesenberg J Sedanca De Ville 2006 Worldwide Auctions Houston Classic 2006   
1929 DUESENBERG DERHAM PHAETON KNOWN AS THE ELVIS DUESENBERG 2001 Kruse Auction Santa Clara, CA$880,000  
1929 DUESENBERG MODEL J TORPEDO CONVERTIBLE COUPE22212001 Kruse Auction Auburn, IN$850,000  

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1929 Duesenberg Model J Profiles

1929 Duesenberg Model J vehicle information
Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachwork: LeBaron
Designer: LeBaron
1929 Duesenberg Model J vehicle information
Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachwork: LeBaron
Designer: LeBaron
Chassis #: 2149
Engine #: J126
1929 Duesenberg Model J vehicle information
Convertible Sedan
Coachwork: Willoughby
Chassis #: 2253
Engine #: J245
1929 Duesenberg Model J vehicle information
Convertible 2-Door
Coachwork: Derham
Designer: Gordon Buehrig
Chassis #: 2176
Engine #: J150
1929 Duesenberg Model J vehicle information
Coupe
Coachwork: Judkins
Designer: Gordon Buehrig
Chassis #: 2162
Engine #: J137
1929 Duesenberg Model J vehicle information
Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachwork: LeBaron
Designer: LeBaron
Chassis #: 2127
Engine #: J-103
1929 Duesenberg Model J vehicle information
Speedster
Coachwork: John Todd
Chassis #: J-113
1929 Duesenberg Model J vehicle information
Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachwork: Union City
Designer: Gordon Buehrig
Engine #: J188
1929 Duesenberg Model J vehicle information
Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachwork: LeBaron
Designer: LeBaron
Chassis #: 2151
Engine #: J-129
1929 Duesenberg Model J vehicle information
Sport Phaeton
Coachwork: Derham
Designer: Gordon Buehrig
Chassis #: 2136
Engine #: J-116
1929 Duesenberg Model J vehicle information
Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachwork: LeBaron
Designer: LeBaron
Engine #: J111
1929 Duesenberg Model J vehicle information
Town Car
Coachwork: Derham
Chassis #: 2257
Engine #: J-237
1929 Duesenberg Model J vehicle information
Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachwork: Union City
Designer: Gordon Buehrig
Chassis #: 2292
Engine #: J-270
1929 Duesenberg Model J vehicle information
Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachwork: LeBaron
Designer: LeBaron
Chassis #: 2174
Engine #: J149
1929 Duesenberg Model J vehicle information
Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Fleetwood
Chassis #: 2157
Engine #: J417
1929 Duesenberg Model J vehicle information
Sport Phaeton
Coachwork: Derham
Chassis #: 2148
Engine #: J124
1929 Duesenberg Model J vehicle information
Berline
Coachwork: Bohman & Schwartz
Chassis #: 2143
Engine #: J-118
1929 Duesenberg Model J vehicle information
Victoria
Coachwork: Rollston & Company
Engine #: J-337
1929 Duesenberg Model J vehicle information
Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachwork: LeBaron
Designer: LeBaron
Engine #: J-223
1929 Duesenberg Model J vehicle information
Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachwork: LeBaron
Designer: LeBaron
Chassis #: 2177
Engine #: J-121
1929 Duesenberg Model J vehicle information
Blind Quarter Brougham
Coachwork: LaGrande
Chassis #: 2210
Engine #: J-189