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1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy

Chassis number : 2167

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Sold for $880,000 at 2004 S. Ray Miller Collection.
Sold for $1,132,500 at 2020 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island Auction.
In 1913, the Duesenberg brothers, Fred and August, founded Duesenberg Automobile & Motors Company, Inc. in Des Moines, Iowa, to build sports cars. Born in Germany, the two brothers were self-taught engineers and built many experimental cars. Duesenberg cars were considered some of the very best cars of the time, and were built entirely by hand. In 1914 Eddie Rickenbacker drove a 'Duesy' to finish in 10th place at the Indianapolis 500, and a Duesenberg car won the race in 1924, 1925, and 1927.

E.L. Cord, the owner of Cord and Auburn, bought the company in 1926, acquiring the Duesenberg brothers' engineering skills and the brand name to produce luxury cars. Hiring Fred Duesenberg to design the chassis and an engine that would be the best in the world, the newly revived Duesenberg Company set about to produce the Model J. The Model J Duesenberg was first shown at the New York Auto Show for 1928. In unsupercharged form it produced a whopping 265 horsepower from a straight-8 engine with dual overhead camshafts, and was capable of a top speed of 119 mph, hitting 94 mph in 2nd gear. Duisenberg's generally weighed around 2.5 to 3 tons with custom coachwork.

It is believed that Murphy Coachbuilders of Pasadena built 125 Duesenberg bodies or roughly a quarter of the Duesenberg Model J's produced.

The speedometer on these cars showed an improbably 150 miles per hour.

This Duesenberg is one of approximately 25 Murphy convertible coupes built with a convertible folding top. It was originally used by Duesenberg as a demonstrator and carried a host of celebrities, captains of industry, etc. Its first owner was Jake 'The Barber' Factor, the half-brother of cosmetic king Max Factor. He acquired this Duesenberg during the time he was the chief attorney and right hand man to Al Capone.

the Duesenberg remained with 'the Barber' for only a few months prior to trading up to the 'disappearing top' torpedo convertible coupe J-249. The car was resold in July 1932 by the Duesenberg factory branch in Los Angeles to Mrs. Reginald Parsons III, wife of a Seattle architect, himself a Model J owner. It was later acquired by a G.I. and driven into the Midwest. After World War II it was sold by Duesenberg dealer John Troka.

The car had two short-term intervening owners before it was returned to Troka, who sold it in 1951 to Dan Lang of Racine, Wisconsin. Mr. Lang retained the car in partially restored condition until his passing in 1972. J-143 was then purchased from his estate by Charles Johnson, who shortly traded it to Joe Kaufmann of Manitowoc, Wisconsin. While in Mr. Kaufmann's care, the car was meticulously restored, installing the engine from J-174 but retaining the original engine's bell housing. After the work was completed, the car appeared as the cover feature, ''Doc' Duesenberg's Cover Girl,' of the ACD Club Newsletter, No. 9 1977, and as a color plate in Griffith Borgeson's book Errett Lobban Cord.

In 1978, the car was sold to Ben Caskey of Flordia, who sold it in 1983 to Rick Carroll, from whom it was acquired in 1984 by S. Ray Miller of Elkhart, Indiana. For two decades it was displayed in the S. Ray Miller Museum. Mr. Miller had the car fully restored by LaVine Restorations of nearby Nappanee, with the work beginning in 1993 and ending in 1995. It emerged in its dark green livery with tan interior.

After the restoration, the car received several ACD Club awards, an AACA National First Prize, CCCA Senior First Prize (reaching Emeritus status), and Best Duesenberg at the Meadowbrook Concours d'Elegance.

The Duesenberg remained in the Miller Museum until 2004 when the collection was sold following its owner's passing. It was then acquired by the present owner and has remained in his care for the past 16 years. Since that it has been shown occasionally, winning Second in Class at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in 2006 and appearing at the Concours d'Elegance of America in 2014 and 2017, receiving a Lion Award in the latter.

The car has been driven 255 miles since its restoration was completed in 1995.

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2020 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $1,400,000-USD $1,800,000 
Sale Price :
USD $1,132,500

2004 S. Ray Miller Collection

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $750,000-USD $850,000 
Sale Price :
USD $880,000

1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Duesenberg Model J Murphy

(Data based on Model Year 1930 sales)
1930 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Sedan by Murphy
Chassis#: 2294
Sold for USD$3,525,000
  2022 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy image  1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy image  
1930 Duesenberg Model J Disappearing-Top Convertible Coupe
Chassis#: 2369
Sold for USD$3,965,000
  2021 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours Auction
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy image  1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy image  
1930 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe by Murphy
Chassis#: 2167
Sold for USD$1,132,500
  2020 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island Auction
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy image  1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy image  
1930 Duesenberg Model J Sport Berline
Chassis#: 2305
Sold for USD$2,040,000
  2019 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy image  1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy image  
1930 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Sedan by Murphy
Chassis#: 2345
Sold for USD$1,105,000
  2019 RM Sothebys : The Guyton Collection
 
1930 Duesenberg Model J Dual-Cowl Phaeton by Murphy
Chassis#: 2366
Sold for USD$2,090,000
  2016 RM Sotheby's : Hershey
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy image  1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy image  
1930 DUESENBERG MODEL J TOWN CABRIOLET
Chassis#: 2401
Sold for USD$1,254,000
  2016 Bonhams : Quail Lodge
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy image  1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy image  
1931 Duesenberg Model J Disappearing-Top Convertible Coupe
Chassis#: 2388
Sold for USD$2,640,000
  2016 Gooding & Company : The Amelia Island Auction
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy image  1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy image  
1930 DUESENBERG MODEL J DISAPPEARING TOP ROADSTER
Chassis#: 2346
Sold for USD$2,868,312
  2015 Bonhams : The Frederiksen Auction
 
1930 Duesenberg Model J Torpedo Berline Convertible
Chassis#: 2315
Sold for USD$1,425,000
  2014 Mecum - Monterey
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy image  
1930 Duesenberg Model J 'Disappearing Top' Convertible Coupe by Murphy
Chassis#: 2388
Sold for USD$2,200,000
  2014 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy image  1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy image  
1930 Duesenberg Model J Disappearing-Top Convertible Coupe
Chassis#: 2310
Sold for USD$2,640,000
  2012 Gooding and Company - The Scottsdale Auction
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy image  1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy image  
1930 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe by Walter M. Murphy Co
Chassis#: J331
Sold for USD$962,500
  2011 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Amelia Island
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy image  1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy image  
1930 Duesenberg Model J Sport Berline by Murphy
Chassis#: 2305
Sold for USD$1,705,000
  2010 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Amelia Island
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy image  1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy image  
1930 Duesenberg Model J Arlington Five-Passenger Club Sedan
Chassis#: 2261
Sold for USD$506,000
  2010 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
 
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy
Sold for USD$1,072,500
  2009 Automobiles of Amelia Island
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy image  1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy image  
1930 DUESENBERG J ARLINGTON SEDAN
Sold for USD$660,000
  2007 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale 2007
 
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy Berline
Sold for USD$1,650,000
  2006 Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy image  1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy image  
1930 Duesenberg Model J LWB Dual Cowl Phaeton
Chassis#: J487/2336
Sold for USD$1,001,000
  2006 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona
 
1930 Duesenberg Phaeton
Sold for USD$781,000
  2005 Worldwide Auctions - Houston Classic 2005
 

Duesenberg Model J Murphys That Failed To Sell At Auction

1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
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1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy Profiles

1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Disappearing Top Sedan
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2307
Engine #: J-288
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Berline
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2305
Engine #: J287
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Berline
Coachwork: Murphy
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Disappearing Top Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2310
Engine #: J-284
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Disappearing Top Torpedo Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2317
Engine #: J-302
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2340
Engine #: J401
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2167
Engine #: J-143
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Disappearing Top Sedan
Coachwork: Murphy
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Convertible Sedan
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2341
Engine #: J-328
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2347
Engine #: J-331
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2388
Engine #: J-357
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Roadster
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2266
Engine #: J236
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Torpedo Berline
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2315
Engine #: J-391
LWB Convertible Berline
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2377
Engine #: J360
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Town Car
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2401
Engine #: J-381
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Convertible Sedan
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2228
Engine #: J-208
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2366
Engine #: J-347
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Beverly Sedan
Coachwork: Murphy
Designer: Gordon Buehrig
Chassis #: 2429
Engine #: J-378
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Roadster
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2369
Engine #: J-235
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy vehicle information
Convertible Sedan
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2294
Engine #: J-269