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1929 Duesenberg Model J

Chassis number : 2143

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Sold for $737,000 at 2018 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall.
Sold for $2,260,000 at 2022 Worldwide Auctioneers : Scottsdale Arizona.
Duesenberg J-118 started out as a Derham-bodied four-door sedan and was the first Duesenberg chassis delivered to the Pennsylvania company. Its original owner was Mr. Art Kiel of Southern California. The car was involved in a mishap where it fell into the Santa Barbra Channel upon a return trip from Santa Catalina Island. The water was not deep and the car was retrieved and sold in the early 1930's to M. K. Barbee of the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Los Angeles. Barbee was known to be a flamboyant playboy with expensive taste. As the Model J had to be rebuilt anyway, Barbee took the opportunity to significantly freshen its design with the California coachbuilder Bowman & Schwartz who treated it to a new rakish and streamlined body with modern fenders and skirts, torpedo headlamps, and their traditional 'waterfall' grill. The car was then sold to Mr. Fred Buess Jr. of Venice, California, in 1947. In 1963, the car was purchased by Mr. Homer Fitterling, a well-known Duesenberg collector in Indiana. Mr. Fitterling owned the car for 20 years. The car was then purchased by Mrs. Jerry Brown in 1983, who sold the car to Mr. Ed Weaver in 1993. The car has been freshly re-restored (1996 through 1997) which resulted in a 1st in class at the 1997 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. It retains its original chassis and engine.

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2022 Worldwide Auctioneers : Scottsdale Arizona

Sale Price :
USD $2,260,000

2019 Worldwide Auctioneers : Riyadh Auction

Lot was not sold

2018 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall

Sale Price :
USD $737,000

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
1929 Duesenberg Model J image  1929 Duesenberg Model J image  
1929 Duesenberg Model J Sedan by Derham/Bohman & Schwartz
Chassis#: 2143
Sold for USD$737,000
  2018 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall
1929 Duesenberg Model J image  1929 Duesenberg Model J image  
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
1929 Duesenberg Model J image  1929 Duesenberg Model J image  
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
1929 Duesenberg Model J image  1929 Duesenberg Model J image  
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 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