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1935 Duesenberg Model SJ

Chassis number : 2571

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Darrin designed and built roughly 10 custom Duesenbergs, this was likely the last one built on the short 142.5 inch wheel base supercharged SJ Chassis. The Convertible Victoria was ordered by E.Z. Sadovich and delivered in May 1935 to Enzo Fiermonte and his wife Madeliene, the former Mrs. John Jacob Astor of New York, NY.

The current owner purchased this car in March of 1967 from Mr. E.J. Welker of Hazel Park, Michigan, making him the fourth owner. Some outstanding features include a Bijur Lubricating system, which automatically services the car every 80 miles. Also includes an Ammeter adjustable break pedal pressure lever, an oil pressure gauge, tachometer, A split second Jaeger stock clock and an altimeter.

This Duesenberg is a national Senior AACA Grand Champion and won the Rolex Award for the Automobile of 'Timeless Elegance' at Amelia Island.

The chassis and engine were built in Indianapolis, IN, at a cost of $8,500. The total price when new with coachwork was $25,000.

The outstanding features on the car include a Bijur lubrication system, which automatically services the car every 80 miles. The first known indicator lights are located on the engine turned nick dash denoting changing of oil, chassis lubrication and battery care. Other features include an ammeter, adjustable brake pedal pressure lever, oil pressure gauge, tachometer, split second Jaegor stop clock and altimeter. The wrap-around brass band is original to the car. The gasoline fill is located in the trunk in a locked leather box. Note the rear backing light and the STOP light.

The first four-wheel hydraulic brakes were designed by Mr. Duesenberg in 1921 and are featured on this car. For hill climbing ability, the car was capable of 90 mph in 2nd gear. A mercury vile balanced crankshaft was used to ensure smooth engine operation. The horsepower was rated at 265 and 360 when supercharged. A tubular rear axle was used to provide great strength and light weight.

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No auction information available for this vehicle at this time.

1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Duesenberg Model SJ

(Data based on Model Year 1935 sales)
1935 Duesenberg II Model SJ Torpedo Phaeton
Chassis#: 1ETTW12B5NDJ00301
Sold for USD$187,000
  2020 RM Sothebys : Auburn Fall Auction
 
1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Dual-Cowl Phaeton in the style of LaGrande
Chassis#: 2592
Sold for USD$852,500
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Motor City Auction
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1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Town Car by Bohman & Schwartz
Chassis#: 2582
Sold for USD$3,630,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's : The Andrews Collection
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1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Dual Cowl Phaeton by LaGrande
Chassis#: 2552
Sold for USD$1,265,000
  2014 Auctions America - Auburn Fall
 
1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Dual-Cowl Phaeton
Chassis#: 2592
Sold for USD$858,000
  2013 Auctions America - Auburn Fall
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1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Convertible Coupe by Walker-LaGrande
Chassis#: 2405
Sold for USD$4,510,000
  2013 RM Auctions - Amelia Island
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1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Roadster
Chassis#: 2596
Sold for USD$3,300,000
  2009 Pebble Beach Auction : Gooding & Company
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1935 Duesenberg Model SJ
Chassis#: 2406
Sold for USD$1,430,000
  2009 Sports & Classics of Monterey
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1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Bohman and Schwartz
Sold for USD$4,400,000
  2007 Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction
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1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Torpedo Phaeton
Chassis#: J582
Sold for USD$1,650,000
  2005 Vintage Motor Cars at Meadow Brook Hall
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Duesenberg Model SJs That Failed To Sell At Auction

1935 Duesenberg Model SJ's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1935 DUESENBERG SJ DUAL COWL PHAETON25922015 BarrettJackson Scottsdale   

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1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Profiles

1935 Duesenberg Model SJ vehicle information
Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: 2406
Engine #: J527
1935 Duesenberg Model SJ vehicle information
Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Darrin
Designer: Gordon Buehrig
Chassis #: 2571
Engine #: J-543
1935 Duesenberg Model SJ vehicle information
Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachwork: Union City
Designer: Gordon Buehrig
Chassis #: 2592
Engine #: J-562
1935 Duesenberg Model SJ vehicle information
Speedster
Coachwork: Gurney Nutting
Designer: Gordon Buehrig
Chassis #: 2614
Engine #: J-585
1935 Duesenberg Model SJ vehicle information
Town Cabriolet
Coachwork: Bohman & Schwartz
Chassis #: 2582
Engine #: SJ553
1935 Duesenberg Model SJ vehicle information
Cabriolet
Coachwork: Bohman & Schwartz
Chassis #: 2596
Engine #: SJ 572
1935 Duesenberg Model SJ vehicle information
Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Walker
Chassis #: 2405
Engine #: J-530
1935 Duesenberg Model SJ vehicle information
Torpedo Phaeton
Coachwork: Walker
Designer: Gordon Buehrig
Chassis #: 2608
Engine #: J582