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1933 Duesenberg Model SJ LWB Phaeton / 2540 Vehicle Information

1933 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1933 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1933 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1933 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1933 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1933 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1933 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1933 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1933 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

1933 Duesenberg Model SJ photograph

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Sold for $1,688,500 at 2008 Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey by RM Auctions.
Sold for $2,300,000 at 2017 Auctions America : Auburn Fall.
This 1933 Duesenberg Model SJ Phaeton with coachwork by La Grande has chassis number 2540 and engine number J510. It possesses the sought-after eight-cylinder supercharged engine which promises 320 horsepower. In July of 1933 it was tested by the Duesenberg test driver, Mr. Lange, before being acquired by Mr. Ben E. Smith, Sr. of the brokers Hutton & Company in New York. It is one of only three supercharged phaetons built by La Grande and each rested comfortably on the longer wheelbase, measuring 153.5-inches. In total, there were fourteen La Grande Phaetons built, including the short wheelbase and non-supercharged cars. In modern times, only eight are known to exist. Only 18 long wheelbase supercharged cars of all bodystyles and from all coachbuilders were produced.

This is the second of the three LWB cars built. It is a five passenger phaeton with an accessory rear windscreen.

By 1944, the car was taken by Mr. Smith's son, Ben E. Smith, Jr., to Mexico where it was given to Bruno Paglie, the manager of the Hipodromo built by Smith in Mexico City. In 1950, the car was acquired by a used car dealer named Valentine G. Melgarejo. It remained in his possession for the following 18 years. William J. Metta of Alabama became the vehicles next care-taker, who is believed to have partially restored the car.

The next owner was a dealer based in Wisconsin, named James Southard, in 1975. It was quickly sold to Thomas S. Gene Storms who purchased a Leo Gephardt reproduction supercharged in 1979. The car would remain in California until it was brought to auction in 2008. The current owner acquired the car in the mid-1980s.

The car is painted in dark red with a cream sweep panel and reveal. There is a tan Haartz cloth top and tan leather interior. It is believed that the car has been driven 31,400 miles to date. It is well equipped with dual driving lights, cowl lights, rear-mounted trunk, dual side-mounted spare wheels and tires with hard covers and side-view mirrors.

In 2008 this car was brought to the 2nd Annual Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey presented by RM Auctions where it was estimated to sell for $1,800,000 - $2,400,000. It was the highlight of the auction and the most anticipated sale of the evening. Bidding reached 1,425,000 but stalled. The car was rolled off the stage and listed as a no-sale. Later that evening, the car was sold for $1,688,500 including buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2008


2017 Auctions America : Auburn Fall

Sale Price :
USD $2,300,000

2008 Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey by RM Auctions

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $1,800,000-USD $2,400,000 
Sale Price :
USD $1,688,500

1933 Duesenberg Model SJ Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1933 sales)
1933 Duesenberg Model SJ Sweep Panel Phaeton by LaGrande
Chassis#: 2540
Sold for USD$2,300,000
  2017 Auctions America : Auburn Fall
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1933 Duesenberg Model SJ 'Riviera' Phaeton by Brunn
Chassis#: 2577
Sold for USD$1,595,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Monterey
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1933 Duesenberg Model SJ Beverly by the Walter M. Murphy Company
Chassis#: 2538
Sold for USD$1,760,000
  2013 RM Auction - Art of the Automobile
 
1933 Duesenberg SJ Riviera Phaeton
Chassis#: 2551
Sold for USD$1,430,000
  2010 RM Auctions - Sports & Classics of Monterey
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1933 Duesenberg SJ LWB Convertible Berline
Sold for USD$671,000
  2010 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions
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1933 Duesenberg Model SJ
Sold for USD$1,688,500
  2008 Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey by RM Auctions
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1933 Duesenburg Model SJ Riviera Phaeton
Chassis#: 2551
Sold for USD$1,320,000
  2005 Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island
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Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1933 Duesenberg Model SJ's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ
1929 Two-Door Convertible
Coachbuilder: Bohman & Schwartz
Chassis Num: 2268
Engine Num: J-240
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ
1930 Convertible Victoria
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company
Chassis Num: 2293
Engine Num: J272

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ
1931 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2367
Engine Num: J-345
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ
1931 Convertible Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Derham
Chassis Num: 2506
Engine Num: SJ-488

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ
1933 Beverly Sedan
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Engine Num: SJ-512
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ
1933 Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: Murphy

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ
1933 Convertible Victoria
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company
Engine Num: J-272
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ
1933 Convertible Sedan Speedster
Coachbuilder: Schwartz

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ
1933 Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2437
Engine Num: J 425
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ
1933 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2496
Engine Num: SJ478

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ
1933 Arlington Torpedo Sedan
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company
Chassis Num: 2539
Engine Num: J-513
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ
1933 LWB Phaeton
Coachbuilder: LaGrande
Chassis Num: 2540
Engine Num: J510

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ
1933 Riviera Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Brunn
Chassis Num: 2577
Engine Num: SJ528
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ
1934 Torpedo Convertible
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company
Engine Num: SJ-517

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ
1934 LaGrande Phaeton
Chassis Num: 2131
Engine Num: J-107
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ
1934 Convertible Berline
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 2515
Engine Num: J-494

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ
1934 Continental Touring Berline
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company
Chassis Num: 2543
Engine Num: J-514
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ Special Mormon Meteor
1935 Racer
Engine Num: J557

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ
1935 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Walker
Chassis Num: 2405
Engine Num: J-530
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ
1935 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2406
Engine Num: J527

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ
1935 Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Union City
Chassis Num: 2558
Engine Num: J-537
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ
1935 Convertible Victoria
Coachbuilder: Darrin
Chassis Num: 2571
Engine Num: J-543

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ
1935 Town Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Bohman & Schwartz
Chassis Num: 2582
Engine Num: SJ553
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJN
1935 Convertible Victoria
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company
Chassis Num: 2589
Engine Num: SJN-564

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ
1935 Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Union City
Chassis Num: 2592
Engine Num: J-562
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SSJ
1935 Speedster
Chassis Num: 2594
Engine Num: J-563

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ
1935 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Bohman & Schwartz
Chassis Num: 2596
Engine Num: SJ 572
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ
1935 Torpedo Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Walker
Chassis Num: 2608
Engine Num: J582

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJ
1935 Speedster
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: 2614
Engine Num: J-585

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model SJN
1936 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company

1933 Duesenberg Model SJ

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