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1930 Duesenberg Model J

Chassis number : 2270

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Sold for $1,760,000 at 2008 Sports & Classics of Monterey by RM Auctions.
Sold for $1,485,000 at 2011 The Scottsdale Auction - Gooding & Company.
The Short Wheelbase Duesenberg measured 142.5 inches while the long version was nearly 13 feet. The engine tasked with carrying these large and stately bodies was the Lycoming eight 420 cubi-inch dual overhead camshaft engine with four valves per cylinder and 265 horsepower at its disposal. Only the finest materials were used and the fit and finish were to precision standards. Upon completion, each vehicle was driven 100 miles at high speed at Indianapolis without a body to ensure correct mechanical working condition. The chassis were then closed by the finest coachbuilders the world had to offer.

At the New York Auto Salon on December 1st of 1928, the world was introduced to the Model J Duesenberg. Duesenberg ordered enough components to build 500 examples. The first order was placed in May of 1929, barely five months before Black Tuesday.

Fred Duesenberg worked to make the car even more powerful. A centrifugal supercharger was applied to the engine which increased the horsepower rating even further. Fred died after a road accident in a Model J in 1932. Augie was then tasked with putting the final touches on the supercharger, the result was a 320 horsepower masterpiece - the 'SJ'.

This Model J has engine number J243 and chassis number 2270. Both have been together their entire existence, a fate that is not that common as many were re-bodied by their owners later in life. This car was a factory demonstrator and later sold to Mr. A.E. Archbold by the Duesenberg New York City branch in the autumn of 1930. It would change ownership on several occasions over the next few years. Just prior to the Second World War, it was purchased by Jim Hoe. The car served as his primary transportation during the war. It remained in his care until thee late 1940s.

In the care of its next owner, the car was treated to a full restoration and then featured in many calendars and publications. At one point in history, it was considered the most valuable Duesenberg in the world.

By the 1950s, the care was owned by an attorney living in Greenwich, Connecticut. In 1960, it was purchased by Anthony Pascucci, who had two other Duesenbergs at the time. Pascucci later sold the car to Dan Williams of Dallas where it remained for the next 27 years. It was sold to collector Rick Carroll. In 1990, the car was sold at auction during the dispersal of Mr. Carroll's estate. It sold for $1,320,000. Since that time, the car has been upgraded. It now wears a two-tone green paint scheme and the interior has been redone in green leather and there is a tan Haartz cloth top.

In 2008, this short-body Model J with LeBaron Dual Cowl Phaeton coachwork was offered for sale at the 'sports & Classics of Monterey' presented by RM Auctions. It had an estimated value of $1,800,000 - $2,400,000. It was sold for $1,760,000 including buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2019
Sold for $1,760,000 at 2008 Sports & Classics of Monterey by RM Auctions.
Sold for $1,485,000 at 2011 The Scottsdale Auction - Gooding & Company.
LeBaron Carrossiers, Inc. built many open bodies for the Duesenberg J chassis. The basic dual-cowl LeBaron was the most prolific of all the open four-door Duesenberg J phaetons. Far more unusual was this 'barrelside' body, so-called because the body rolls inward in pronounced fashion. The rear doors open at the 'B' pillar, and the beltline has a distinctive parallelogram molding that gives the car uncommon grace. 'Barrelsides' were built on both the long and short frame, but no more than five are believed to have been constructed. This car is powered by a 420 cubic-inch, dual-overhe3ad-cam, inline 8-cylinder engine featuring a Schebler dual-throat, updraft carburetor, producing 265 horsepower coupled to a 3-speed manual gearbox. Other features include 4-wheel hydraulic drum brakes, live-axle suspension with semi-elliptical leaf springs and double-acting hydraulic-lever shock absorbers.

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2011 The Scottsdale Auction - Gooding & Company

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $1,200,000-USD $1,600,000 
Sale Price :
USD $1,485,000

2008 Sports & Classics of Monterey by RM Auctions

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $1,800,000-USD $2,400,000 
Sale Price :
USD $1,760,000

1930 Duesenberg Model J Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Duesenberg Model J

(Data based on Model Year 1930 sales)
1930 Duesenberg Model J 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
1930 Duesenberg Model J image  1930 Duesenberg Model J image  
1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Victoria
Chassis#: 2474
Sold for USD$1,066,500
  2022 Bonhams : Amelia Island Concours
1930 Duesenberg Model J image  1930 Duesenberg Model J image  
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
1930 Duesenberg Model J image  1930 Duesenberg Model J image  
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
1930 Duesenberg Model J image  1930 Duesenberg Model J image  
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
1930 Duesenberg Model J image  1930 Duesenberg Model J image  
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
 
1930 Duesenberg Model J LWB Dual Cowl Phaeton
Chassis#: 2336
Sold for USD$880,000
  2012 RM-Automobiles of Arizona
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1930 Duesenberg Model J Dual Cowl Phaeton
Chassis#: J237
Sold for USD$363,000
  2011 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Amelia Island
 

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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1930 Duesenberg Model J Profiles

1930 Duesenberg Model J vehicle information
LeGrande Torpedo Phaeton
Coachwork: Walker
Chassis #: 2276
Engine #: J-255
1930 Duesenberg Model J vehicle information
Convertible Berline
Coachwork: LeBaron
Chassis #: 2380
Engine #: J362
1930 Duesenberg Model J vehicle information
Limousine
Coachwork: Judkins
1930 Duesenberg Model J vehicle information
Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachwork: LeBaron
Chassis #: 2270
Engine #: J243
1930 Duesenberg Model J vehicle information
Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Hibbard and Darrin
Chassis #: 2300
Engine #: J-277
1930 Duesenberg Model J vehicle information
Convertible Coupe
Designer: Graber
Chassis #: 2254
Engine #: J-148
1930 Duesenberg Model J vehicle information
Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachwork: LeBaron
Chassis #: 2336
Engine #: J487
1930 Duesenberg Model J vehicle information
Limousine
Coachwork: Willoughby
Chassis #: 2402
Engine #: J-306
1930 Duesenberg Model J vehicle information
Imperial Cabriolet
Coachwork: Hibbard and Darrin
Chassis #: 2275
Engine #: J-254
1930 Duesenberg Model J vehicle information
Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Rollston & Company
Chassis #: 2474
Engine #: Bell-Housing No: J-394
1930 Duesenberg Model J vehicle information
Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachwork: LaGrande
1930 Duesenberg Model J vehicle information
LeGrande Torpedo Phaeton
Coachwork: Walker
Chassis #: 2483
Engine #: J-368
Vin #: Firewall Number: 2483