1931 Duesenberg Model J Tourster / 2440 Vehicle Information

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Sold for $1,320,000 at 2013 RM Auctions - Arizona.
Today, luxurious sportscars are not all that uncommon. In many respects, the luxuriously-appointed sportscar is practically a must. However, in the early 20th century there was certainly a separation of the two, that is, until people like Fred Duesenberg came along.

Recalling such names as Bentley or Duesenberg, the mind almost naturally strays to thoughts of comfort and luxury. However, like Bugatti and Bentley, Fred Duesenberg's Duesenberg Automobile & Motors Company would be as much about performance as it would be about luxury.

Throughout the nineteen-teens and the 1920s, Duesenberg would make a name for itself on the racetrack, particularly Indianapolis. In 1914, the future World War I ace Eddie Rickenbacker would drive a Duesenberg to a 10th finish in the Indianapolis 500. By the mid-1920s, Duesenbergs were the car to have winning the race in 1924, 1925 and 1927.

But the success wouldn't just come in the United States. In 1921, Jimmy Murphy would pilot a Duesenberg to victory at the French Grand Prix. The race would actually be held at the Le Mans racetrack.

Success on the racetrack was a very important focus of Duesenberg's company. Though founded in Des Moines, Iowa, Duesenberg would see his company in Europe competing against the best machines of the day, cars like the Ballot and Mercedes-Benz. In the case of the 1921 French Grand Prix, the experience gained motor racing led to Murphy having an advantage with his Duesenberg. The braking system on the car was better than any of its competition and allowed Murphy to carry more speed deeper into the corners. He would use this advantage gained through competition to his advantage and would go on to take the victory.

Racing was certainly Duesenberg's test bed. However, when the company unveiled its Model J at the New York Auto Salon in December of 1928, Duesenberg's reputation for luxury and opulence would be firmly cemented.

When the car went on sale in 1929, prices for the Model J started out at $8,500. By 1931, and despite an ever-worsening Depression, the starting price for the Model J would increase to $9,500. Complete with their custom-built coach bodies, the Model J would be selling for around $16,500 and certainly represented the 'upper' price range in the luxury car market.

The coachworks employed to build bodies to fit atop the Model J chassis would be numerous and would include Murphy, Holbrook, Rollston, Bonham & Schwartz, LaGrande & LeBaron and others. One of the others was Derham.

Derham Body Co. would be established in Rosemont, outside of Philadelphia, in 1887. Over the course of their existence, Derham would build custom coachworks for such notable people as President Eisenhower, Gary Cooper, Pope Pius XII, King Farouk and even Joseph Stalin.

It would be easy to understand why Derham had such a wide range of affluent clientele when Derham first produced its Tourster for the Model J. Gordon Buehrig would design the Model J Tourster, and he would come to consider the Tourster as his absolute favorite.

Each coachbuilder put their own reflection upon the original inspiration. Therefore, Derham, the exclusive builder of the Tourster, would end up taking advantage of the length of the Model J chassis and would actually design bodywork that would sit even lower than the original design. The length of the bodywork and the chassis would then actually exaggerate the lower look of the car. But, as a result of the longer chassis, Buehrig and Derham were able to build a coachbody that actually offered more room to the rear passengers as a result of the seats being moved ahead of the rear axle.

The result would be perfection in the eyes of Buehrig. And, in his autobiography, Buehrig would aptly describe his emotions concerning the Tourster Model J saying it was 'severely plain in ornamentation and having the unusual virtue of being equally handsome with the top in the raised position or when it is lowered.'

Buehrig wouldn't be the only one that would be taken back by the simple beauty of the Derham-bodied Tourster. Butler Hallanan was a part of Philadelphia's elite of which Derham intended its Tourster. Hallanan would become intrigued by the Tourster and would soon order one, car 2440/J-423.

Like a life-long friend, the Model J Tourster would end up accompanying Hallanan on a number of adventures including a handful of grand tours of Europe. The car would see regular use but would suddenly face separation from its owner in 1939 as Hallanan escaped Mussolini's Italy. Hallanan would make it back to the United States, but the Duesenberg would not.

Alone and in a foreign land, the Duesenberg faced an unknown future. However, its charm and appeal would lead to someone hiding the car away in a haystack for nearly the whole of the Second World War.

Piles of haystacks dotted the European landscape throughout the Second World War. Undoubtedly, thousands upon thousands of troops passed by the occupied haystack without any even so much as a clue as to what lay hidden underneath. All of a sudden, the phrase 'needle in a haystack' took on a new and literal meaning.

And, towards the end of the war, an American officer would, for some reason, decide to check that particular haystack. The surprise of finding a Duesenberg Model J Tourster must have defied reason, and certainly could have caused a moment of shock. However, the officer would get over the surprise of the moment and would have the car rescued from its natural camouflage.

Unable to list the car among his personal effects, the officer would be forced to leave behind the Duesenberg when he left to return to the United States. However, 2440/J-423 would eventually sell in 1946 to a Duesenberg enthusiast from Milan by the name of Dore Leto di Priolo. It would remain in his care for the next couple of decades and would undergo some restoration work.

American Anthony D. 'Tony' Pascucci had a passion for classic-era automobiles and particularly enjoyed collecting and owning Duesenberg Phaetons. However, Pascucci desired and sought-after the most desirable. This would lead him to owning a number of Duesenbergs, including a LeBaron 'Sweep Panel' Phaeton and a LeBaron 'Barrelside' Phaeton. Constantly hunting and seeking the best, it wouldn't be too long before Pascucci would become aware of the Derham Tourster in Milan, Italy. He would make the trip to go and see the car. And when he returned, the car would come with him.

Finally, the Model J Tourster had made its way back home. Pascucci had managed to purchase an example of every Duesenberg Phaeton with the acquisition of the Tourster. And to be able to take its place amongst such a collection, Pascucci would commission Ted Billing to fully restore the car.

Al San Clemente, a friend of Billings, would be surprised by the character and makeup of the car after years in hiding in a haystack. He would recall the Tourster as 'a solid, mostly original car…All the specialized Derham hardware was still there. I was impressed with the car's presence, even with the amateur paint.'

The body of the car found to be in excellent condition, the restoration to concours quality would not take very long. Still sporting its original wood framework, the restoration would be complete in 1971. The original condition of the car would be so good that the only major original part known to be missing from the car was its headlights. They would be replaced with period-correct headlights.

Now passed on to his son, the Tourster is rarely driven and is only showing minor signs of aging. Only occasionally shown to the public, a glimpse of the 1931 Model J Tourster is certainly a real treat to behold, and, at the 2013 RM Auctions in Scottsdale, Arizona, chassis 2440, engine number J-423 would emerge from its relative obscurity to be offered for purchase.

In the hands of the Pascucci family for nearly 50 years, this Model J Tourster is certainly one of the highly coveted Duesenbergs and remains a fine example of the simple elegance Buehrig originally designed and came to fall in love with.

Hidden away and protected throughout its lifetime, 2440/J-423 is a veritable time capsule to a bygone era. The Tourster itself reflects the same uncertainty, danger and adventure through which it survived.

Prior to auction, the 1931 Duesenberg Model J Tourster by Derham was estimated to garner between $1,200,000 and $1,600,000.

Sources:


'Lot No. 141: 1931 Duesenberg Model J Tourster by Derham', (http://www.rmauctions.com/FeatureCars.cfm?SaleCode=AZ13&CarID=r163). RM Auctions. http://www.rmauctions.com/FeatureCars.cfm?SaleCode=AZ13&CarID=r163. Retrieved 14 January 2013.

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'Duesenberg Model J History', (http://www.automobilemuseum.org/about/History/Pages/DuesenbergModelJHistory.aspx). Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum. http://www.automobilemuseum.org/about/History/Pages/DuesenbergModelJHistory.aspx. Retrieved 14 January 2013.

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By Jeremy McMullen
Sold for $1,320,000 at 2013 RM Auctions - Arizona.
This car, chassis number 2440 and engine number J-423, was delivered in January of 1931 to Bob Hallahan. it was purchased in Milano, Italy, by the current owning family in the spring of 1968, from Count Carlo Letodi Priolo. The restoration work was completed in 1975, but the body and chassis have never been separated.

This car is an original Derham Tourister. The aluminum body and steel fenders are all original to the car and the engine has resided in that chassis for nearly 80 years. Occasionally, Duesenbergs are rebodied, some as dual cowl phaetons, to increase their value. But this is one of eight original vehicles manufactured.


2013 RM Auctions - Arizona

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $1,200,000-USD $1,600,000 
Sale Price :
USD $1,320,000

1931 Duesenberg Model J Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1931 sales)
1931 Duesenberg Model J Limousine by Willoughby
Chassis#: 2438
Sold for USD$451,000
  2019 RM Sothebys : Hershey
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1931 Duesenberg Model J Custom Berline
Chassis#: 2371
Sold for USD$506,000
  2019 Worldwide Auctioneers : Scottsdale, Arizona
 
1931 Duesenberg Model J SWB Sport Convertible Sedan
Chassis#: 2486
Sold for USD$1,320,000
  2018 Worldwide Auctioneers : Pacific Grove Auction
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1931 Duesenberg II Dual Cowl Phaeton
Sold for USD$134,750
  2016 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Auburn Auction
 
1931 Duesenberg Model J Tourster by Derham
Chassis#: 2468
Sold for USD$1,320,000
  2016 RM Sotheby's : Monterey
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1931 Duesenberg Model J Phaeton in the Style of Tourster
Sold for USD$265,000
  2015 Auctions America - Auburn Fall
 
1931 Duesenberg Model J Tourster by Derham
Chassis#: 2456
Sold for USD$825,000
  2013 RM Auctions - Amelia Island
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1931 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Sedan
Chassis#: 2350
Sold for USD$462,000
  2013 Gooding and Company - The Amelia Island Auction
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1931 Duesenberg Model J Tourster by Derham
Chassis#: 2440
Sold for USD$1,320,000
  2013 RM Auctions - Arizona
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1931 Duesenberg Model J Dual Windshield ‘Barrelside' Phaeton by LeBaron
Chassis#: 2318
Sold for USD$1,292,500
  2012 RM Auctions - Hershey, PA
 
1931 Duesenberg Model J Long-Wheelbase Limousine
Chassis#: 2438
Sold for USD$330,000
  2012 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auction
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1931 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Sedan
Chassis#: 2363
Sold for USD$693,000
  2010 RM Auctions - Sports & Classics of Monterey
 
1931 Duesenberg Model J Tourster
Chassis#: J444
Sold for USD$1,485,000
  2007 RM Auctions - The McMullen Collection
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1931 Duesenberg Model J Tourster
Sold for USD$378,000
  2007 The Florida Collector Car Auction
 
1931 Duesenberg Model J Special Phaeton
Chassis#: 2189
Sold for USD$2,640,000
  2006 The Otis Chandler Collection Auction
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1931 Duesenberg Model J Conv. Victoria
Chassis#: 2126
Sold for USD$475,000
  2004 Vintage Motor Cars and Boats at the Houston Classic
 
1931 DUESENBERG J LE BARON CONVERTIBLE SEDAN
Sold for USD$423,500
  2001 Barrett-Jackson - Petersen Museum 2001
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1931 Duesenberg Model J's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1931 Duesenberg Model J 2009 Automobiles of Arizona$600,000$900,000$1,200,000
1931 Duesenberg Model J 2009 The Scottsdale Auction : Gooding & Company   
1931 Duesenberg Model J ToursterJ2062006 RM Auctions at Meadow Brook$430,000$350,000$500,000
1931 Duesenberg J104 Convertible Victoria 2004 The Florida Collector Car Auction$425,000  
1931 Duesenberg Model J Conv. Victoria 2003 Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island$450,000  
1931 Duesenberg Model J Sedan 2003 Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island$280,000  
1931 DUESENBERG TORPEDO PHAETON23192001 Kruse Auction Auburn, IN$410,000  

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1929 Sedanca DeVille
Coachbuilder: Barker

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1929 Four-Door Touring Sedan
Coachbuilder: Derham
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1929 Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachbuilder: LeBaron

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1929 Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1929 Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Engine Num: J111

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1929 Beverly Sedan Coupe
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1929 Clear Vision Sedan
Coachbuilder: Murphy

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1929 Convertible Coupe Roadster
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Engine Num: J112
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1929 Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Engine Num: J262

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1929 Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1929 Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Murphy

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1929 SWB Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1929 SWB Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Engine Num: J-184

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1929 Victoria
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company
Engine Num: J-337
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1929 Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Union City
Engine Num: J188

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1929 Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 2127
Engine Num: J-103
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1929 Sport Sedan
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2132
Engine Num: J-151

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1929 SWB Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2134
Engine Num: J-108
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1929 Sport Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Derham
Chassis Num: 2136
Engine Num: J-116

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1929 Berline
Coachbuilder: Bohman & Schwartz
Chassis Num: 2143
Engine Num: J-118
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1929 Sport Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Derham
Chassis Num: 2148
Engine Num: J124

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1929 Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 2149
Engine Num: J126
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1929 Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 2151
Engine Num: J-129

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1929 Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 2154
Engine Num: J149
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1929 SWB Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2154
Engine Num: J132

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1929 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Fleetwood
Chassis Num: 2157
Engine Num: J417
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1929 Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Union City
Chassis Num: 2158
Engine Num: J-292

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1929 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Judkins
Chassis Num: 2162
Engine Num: J137
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1929 Sport Sedan
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2163
Engine Num: J-139

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1929 SWB Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2165
Engine Num: J142
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1929 SWB Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2167
Engine Num: J-143

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1929 Convertible Coupe Roadster
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2168
Engine Num: J-147
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1929 Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2169
Engine Num: J403

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1929 Convertible 2-Door
Coachbuilder: Derham
Chassis Num: 2176
Engine Num: J150
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1929 Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2194
Engine Num: J-173

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1929 Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2196
Engine Num: J175
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1929 SWB Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2198
Engine Num: J179

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1929 Torpedo Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2199
Engine Num: J-414
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1929 Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2201
Engine Num: J-183

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1929 Clear Vision Sedan
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2209
Engine Num: J187
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1929 SWB Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2212
Engine Num: J192

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1929 SWB Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2213
Engine Num: J194
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1929 SWB Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2223
Engine Num: J-200

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1929 Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2225
Engine Num: J-355
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1929 Town Limousine
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2243
Engine Num: J218

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1929 Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: Willoughby
Chassis Num: 2253
Engine Num: J245
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1929 Town Car
Coachbuilder: Derham
Chassis Num: 2257
Engine Num: J-237

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1929 Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Union City
Chassis Num: 2292
Engine Num: J-270
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1929 SWB Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2301
Engine Num: J-279

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1929 Convertible Berline
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2307
Engine Num: J288
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1929 Convertible Coupe Roadster
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2551
Engine Num: J-119

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1929 Speedster
Coachbuilder: John Todd
Chassis Num: J-113
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1930 Limousine
Coachbuilder: Judkins

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1930 Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachbuilder: LaGrande
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1930 Berline
Coachbuilder: Murphy

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1930 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1930 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Murphy

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1930 Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1930 Disappearing Top Sedan
Coachbuilder: Murphy

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1930 Disappearing Top Sedan
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1930 Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Murphy

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1930 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2167
Engine Num: J-143
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1930 Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2228
Engine Num: J-208

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1930 Convertible Coupe
Chassis Num: 2254
Engine Num: J-148
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1930 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2263
Engine Num: J-235

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1930 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2266
Engine Num: J236
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1930 Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 2270
Engine Num: J243

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1930 Imperial Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Hibbard and Darrin
Chassis Num: 2275
Engine Num: J-254
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1930 LeGrande Torpedo Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Walker
Chassis Num: 2276
Engine Num: J-255

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1930 Convertible Victoria
Coachbuilder: Hibbard and Darrin
Chassis Num: 2300
Engine Num: J-277
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1930 Berline
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2305
Engine Num: J287

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1930 Disappearing Top Sedan
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2307
Engine Num: J-288
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1930 Disappearing Top Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2310
Engine Num: J-284

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1930 Torpedo Berline
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2315
Engine Num: J-391
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1930 Disappearing Top Torpedo Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2317
Engine Num: J-302

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1930 Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 2336
Engine Num: J487
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1930 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2340
Engine Num: J401

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1930 Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2341
Engine Num: J-328
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1930 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2347
Engine Num: J-331

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1930 Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2366
Engine Num: J-347
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1930 LWB Convertible Berline
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2377
Engine Num: J360

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1930 Convertible Berline
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 2380
Engine Num: J362
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1930 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2388
Engine Num: J-357

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1930 Town Car
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2401
Engine Num: J-381
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1930 Limousine
Coachbuilder: Willoughby
Chassis Num: 2402
Engine Num: J-306

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1930 Beverly Sedan
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2429
Engine Num: J-378
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1930 Convertible Victoria
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company
Chassis Num: 2474
Engine Num: J-421

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1931 Tourster
Coachbuilder: Derham
Engine Num: J206
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1931 Tourster
Coachbuilder: Derham
Engine Num: J-408

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1931 Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: Dietrich
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1931 Convertible
Coachbuilder: Franay

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1931 Sedan
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1931 Clear Vision Sedan
Coachbuilder: Murphy

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1931 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1931 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Engine Num: J-330

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1931 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1931 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Engine Num: J345

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1931 Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1931 Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Engine Num: J-131

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1931 Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1931 Convertible Victoria
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company
Engine Num: J-104

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1931 La Grand Torpedo Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Weymann
Engine Num: J 396
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1931 Phaeton
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 2189
Engine Num: J168

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1931 Phaeton
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 2313
Engine Num: J-492
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1931 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2346
Engine Num: J330

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1931 Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 2350
Engine Num: J-338
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1931 Roadster
Chassis Num: 2410
Engine Num: J434

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1931 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2414
Engine Num: J395
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1931 Limousine
Coachbuilder: Willoughby
Chassis Num: 2438
Engine Num: J-430

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1931 Tourster
Coachbuilder: Derham
Chassis Num: 2440
Engine Num: J423
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1931 Tapertail Speedster
Coachbuilder: Weymann
Chassis Num: 2450
Engine Num: J-437

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1931 Convertible Victoria
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company
Chassis Num: 2454
Engine Num: J-456
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1931 Tourster
Coachbuilder: Derham
Chassis Num: 2456
Engine Num: J-444

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1931 Tourster
Coachbuilder: Derham
Chassis Num: 2468
Engine Num: J-451
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1931 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2478
Engine Num: J-460

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1931 Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: Bohman & Schwartz
Chassis Num: 2479
Engine Num: J 464
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1931 Sport Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: Derham
Chassis Num: 2486
Engine Num: J-475

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1931 Beverly Berline
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2489
Engine Num: J-468
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1931 Speedster
Coachbuilder: Figoni
Chassis Num: 2509
Engine Num: J-465

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1931 Tourster
Coachbuilder: Derham
Chassis Num: 2646
Engine Num: J-448
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1932 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Bohman & Schwartz

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1932 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1932 Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: Murphy

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1932 Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1932 Convertible Victoria
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Engine Num: J-154

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1932 Sports Boattail Torpedo
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Engine Num: J-476
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1932 Coupe
Chassis Num: 2162
Engine Num: J-137

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J LeBaron
1932 Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 2206
Engine Num: J-182
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1932 Torpedo Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Weymann
Chassis Num: 2319
Engine Num: J396

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1932 Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2330
Engine Num: J315
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J Murphy
1932 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2364
Engine Num: J340

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1932 Victoria Coupe
Coachbuilder: Judkins
Chassis Num: 2375
Engine Num: J-354
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1932 Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachbuilder: LaGrande
Chassis Num: 2480
Engine Num: J-463

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1932 Victoria Coupe
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company
Chassis Num: 2505
Engine Num: J490
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1932 Town Car
Coachbuilder: Kirchhoff
Chassis Num: 2514
Engine Num: J-497

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1932 Formal Sedan
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company
Chassis Num: 2574
Engine Num: J546

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1933 Sports Phaeton
Coachbuilder: LaGrande
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1933 Convertible Sedan Berline
Coachbuilder: Murphy

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1933 Convertible Sedan Berline
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1933 Sedan
Coachbuilder: Weymann

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1933 Speedster
Coachbuilder: Weymann
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1933 Dual-Cowl Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Union City
Chassis Num: 2355
Engine Num: J-281

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1933 Berline
Coachbuilder: Franay
Chassis Num: 2385
Engine Num: J-365
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1933 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Bohman & Schwartz
Chassis Num: 2421
Engine Num: J-386

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1933 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2446
Engine Num: J-429
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1933 Victoria
Coachbuilder: Fernandez & Darrin
Chassis Num: 2503
Engine Num: J-481

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1933 Torpedo Convertible Victoria
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company
Chassis Num: 2535
Engine Num: J384
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1934 LaGrande Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Brunn

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1934 Arlington Sedan
Coachbuilder: Derham
Engine Num: J-486
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1934 Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachbuilder: LeGrande
Engine Num: J-250

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1934 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1934 Custom Beverly Sedan
Coachbuilder: Murphy

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1934 Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1934 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Walker

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1934 Boattail Speedster
Coachbuilder: Bob Gassoway
Chassis Num: 2159
Engine Num: J134
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1934 Town Car
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company
Chassis Num: 2399
Engine Num: J374

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1934 LWB Berline
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2457
Engine Num: J-450
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1934 Disappearing Top Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis Num: 2490
Engine Num: J-461

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1934 Riviera Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Brunn
Chassis Num: 2550
Engine Num: J440
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1934 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Walker
Chassis Num: 2568
Engine Num: J531

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1934 Torpedo Phaeton
Chassis Num: 2579
Engine Num: J555
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1935 Speedster
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1935 Limousine
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1935 Convertible Victoria
Coachbuilder: d'Leteren Freres
Chassis Num: 2548
Engine Num: J519

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1935 Berline
Coachbuilder: Judkins
Chassis Num: 2557
Engine Num: J-540
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1935 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company
Chassis Num: 2576
Engine Num: J-550

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model JN
1935 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Bohman & Schwartz
Chassis Num: 2585
Engine Num: J-560
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model JN
1935 Berline
Coachbuilder: Bohman & Schwartz
Chassis Num: 2587
Engine Num: J-500 (Originally J-559)

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1936 Convertible Berline
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model JN
1936 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1936 Landaulet Limousine
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company
Engine Num: J-577
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1936 Convertible Victoria
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company
Chassis Num: 2566
Engine Num: J538

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model JN
1936 Tourster
Coachbuilder: Derham
Chassis Num: 2599
Engine Num: J-575
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1937 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company
Engine Num: J-212

Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1937 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Rollston & Company
Chassis Num: 2549
Engine Num: J-529
Chassis information for the Duesenberg Model J
1937 Limousine Landaulet
Coachbuilder: Bohman & Schwartz
Chassis Num: 2613
Engine Num: J-587

1931 Duesenberg Model J

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