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1930 Duesenberg Model J LeGrande Torpedo Phaeton

  • Coachwork by Walker
  • Chassis Number: 2483
  • VIN Number: J-368
  • Engine Number: J-368
  • Body Number: 6768
This Duesenberg wears Limousine coachwork by Willoughby of Utica, New York featuring rear quarter windows. It is believed that early in the car's life, the car was fitted with its blind-quarter roofline and slanted windshield. At one point it also had skirted fenders of the type made available by Duesenberg in 1935. The car's earliest known owner was David A. Smart of Chicago, co-founder of Esquire and Coronet magazines, who is believed to have owned the Model J in 1935. The following year, it was in inventory at the New York factory branch, as a Chicago car previously in Philadelphia. Bret Morrison acquired it in 1937 and later sold it to D. Cameron Peck, from whom it passed to J.A. Reitzel of Evanston, Illinois. The next owner was R.C. Battat of Newark, Ohio followed by Charles R. Dowling. Dowling sold J-368 in October 1963 to Bertram Cobb and would become its longest-term owner. C.W. 'Bill' Bocock of Kerrville, Texas purchased the Duesenberg in 1981.

Mr. Bocock spent a decade on the restoration of J-368, converting it back to the open-fender design. When the work was completed, it was shown at the ACD Club National Reunion in 1991, where it received the Mayor's Trophy and tied for First Place Primary. It eventually achieved Senior Emeritus status in the ACD Club competition and was Certified as a Category One Original Car. In CCCA judging, it earned no fewer than four perfect 100-point scores in winning its Primary, Senior, and Senior Premier honors.

A museum acquired the Model J in 2002 from Mr. Bocock's estate. After several years on exhibit there, it was sold to the late Richard Burdick for his own museum in San Marcos, Texas. The current caretaker acquired the Duesenberg from the Burdick collection in the spring of 2018.

The Duesenberg is finished in metallic pewter with dark blue fenders with a leather roof covering. The rear compartment is finished in button-tufted blue cloth with a crystal reading light and push-button radio controls built into the center armrest.

In 2021, the car won Best of Show at the Boston Cup.

By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2022

2022 Broad Arrow Auctions : Monterey Jet Center Auction

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

1930 Duesenberg Model J Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Duesenberg Model J

(Data based on Model Year 1930 sales)
1930 DUESENBERG MODEL J DUAL COWL 'BARRELSIDE' PHAETON
Chassis#: 2323
Sold for USD$2,975,000
  2023 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
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1930 Duesenberg Model J Hibbard & Darrin Transformable Cabriolet
Chassis#: 2329
Sold for USD$1,435,000
  2023 Broad Arrow : Monterey Jet Center
1930 Duesenberg Model J image  1930 Duesenberg Model J image  
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
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1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Victoria
Chassis#: 2474
Sold for USD$1,066,500
  2022 Bonhams : Amelia Island Concours
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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
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1930 Duesenberg Model J Torpedo Phaeton
Chassis#: 2276
Sold for USD$935,000
  2019 Mecum : Kissimmee
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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
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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
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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
 

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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