1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Convertible Coupe $4,510,000 SOLD!
1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Convertible Coupe $4,510,000 SOLD! With Commission Top Sale RM Auction Amelia Island 2013 320 bhp, 420 cu. in. DOHC inline eight-cylinder engine with centrifugal Supercharger, three-speed manual transmission, beam type front and live rear axles with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and vacuum-assisted four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 142.5 in. •Arguably the most beautiful convertible coupe on the Duesenberg chassis •One of three produced, and the only supercharged example •Believed equipped with an original Supercharger •Formerly the property of Raymond Lutgert and General William Lyon •Driven extensively, including the Texas and Wyoming Duesenberg Tours As advanced as the Model J Duesenberg was upon its introduction in 1929, most of the technical advancements contained within were confined to the body and chassis. The design of the front end and fenders, as well as that of most coachbuilt bodies, still bowed toward late-1920s convention, albeit stylishly. As a result, by the mid-1930s, the Duesenberg still held mechanical prowess over virtually everything else on the road. From a design standpoint, however, it was looking rather dated. J. Herbert Newport, who had succeeded Gordon Buehrig as Duesenberg's body designer, set out to do something about that. Among his creations for the Model J was a new convertible coupe, which incorporated the best of the Duesenberg's trademark styling cues with the curves of modern streamlining. The traditional upright radiator shell and headlights were now accompanied by deeply skirted and rounded fenders, designed by Alex Tremulis and added at the factory branch, over 17-inch wheels. The beltline began as a slender molding running alongside the hood, and as it reached the windshield, it expanded out along the sides of the body into a polished "sweep," which then fell back along the long fender like a trailing comet. The design's most innovative feature, however, was its convertible top. Most ragtops of the period were clumsy and challenging, requiring a small gang to operate properly. Newport's convertible coupe incorporated a "semi-automatic" top, based on one previously created for a Rollston-bodied Duesenberg convertible victoria. The owner would unbuckle the top from the windshield frame, and then slip a hand crank into a chromed socket on the side of the body. With a few turns of the crank, the top would fold to the rear of the car and out of sight under its flush-fitting metal lid, producing an open two-passenger car whose lithe, flowing lines made it the Duesenberg equivalent of the Mercedes Special Roadsters of the era. Production of this body style was handled by the A.H. Walker Body Company, of Indianapolis, one of several firms that produced bodies for Duesenberg under the classy pseudonym of "LaGrande." With Duesenberg's days waning and the Great Depression still largely at its zenith, Walker built only a mere three examples of the Newport-designed convertible coupe. Of the three cars, 2563/J-530 was the only example built with a factory-supercharged engine—the powerplant today famously referred to by enthusiasts as "SJ." The engine bore a centrifugal Supercharger, which was constantly engaged, and produced whizz that is music to the ear of the Duesenberg enthusiast, as well as an additional 60 horsepower. That made the final brake horsepower rating of an SJ Duesenberg something near 320 horsepower, allowing it to get ever-closer to a top speed of 140 miles per hour, over 20 miles an hour faster than a naturally-aspirated example. Perhaps it was that added performance that prompted Chicago banker John Nichols to trade in his earlier Duesenberg Murphy Convertible Coupe, 2475/J-405, for this car. Nichols chose to part with his second Duesenberg only two years later, trading it in at South Shore Buick of Chicago in February 1937, with 50,899 miles showing. The car then passed to a Packard dealership in Evanston, Illinois, and for well over a decade, it would remain largely within the Chicago area, including time spent in the care of legendary used Duesenberg purveyor John Troka. In 1940, it was involved in an accident, which resulted in the frame being replaced with the current unit, 2405. At some point, the car's original bell-housing, J-530, was replaced with J-515, thus renumbering the engine; importantly, the original engine does still remain in the car today. In 1957, the Duesenberg showed up on the opposite coast of the United States, incongruously parked on a used car lot in "Glitter Gulch," Hollywood, California. Early enthusiast Thomas Magee, of nearby Inglewood, spotted the car and picked it up for $1,500, and he then took it home and began its restoration. As so often happens with restorations, life intervened, and Magee sold the car and another Duesenberg to his good friend and fellow collector, Nathan Derus. Robert Myrick Photography
1931 Duesenberg Model J Town Car - Jay Leno's Garage
1931 Duesenberg Model J Town Car. When Jay found the last original-owner, unrestored Duesenberg in the world languishing in a Manhattan parking garage, he knew he had to call in an expert. Thanks to Randy Ema, this Woods-bodied car owned by the Strauss family is finally back on the road. » Subscribe: http://bit.ly/JLGSubscribe » Visit the Official Site: http://bit.ly/JLGOfficialSite THE BEST OF JAY LENO'S GARAGE » Exclusive First Looks: http://bit.ly/JLGExclusives » Ultra Rare Supercars: http://bit.ly/JLGSupercars » Jay's Book Club: http://bit.ly/JLGBookClub JAY LENO'S GARAGE ON SOCIAL Follow Jay: http://Twitter.com/LenosGarage Like Jay: http://Facebook.com/JayLenosGarage ABOUT JAY LENO'S GARAGE A new video every Sunday! Visit Jay Leno's Garage, the Emmy-winning series where Jay Leno gives car reviews, motorcycle reviews, compares cars, and shares his passion and expertise on anything that rolls, explodes, and makes noise. Classic cars, restomods, super cars like the McLaren P1, sports cars like Porsche 918 Spyder and Camaro Z28, cafe racers, vintage cars, and much, much more. Subscribe for more: http://full.sc/JD4OF8 NBC ON SOCIAL: NBC YouTube: http://full.sc/MtLxIM NBC Facebook: http://facebook.com/NBC NBC Twitter: http://twitter.com/NBC NBC Google+: https://plus.google.com/+NBC/posts 1931 Duesenberg Model J Town Car - Jay Leno's Garage http://youtu.be/RdIKJ80ReiY Jay Leno's Garage http://www.youtube.com/user/jaylenosgarage
1930 Duesenberg Boattail Speedster Supercharged @ Martin Auto Museum My Car Story with Lou Costabile
On "My Car Story" we're in Phoenix AZ at The Martin Auto Museum on 1-22-16. We're looking at a 1930 Duesenberg Boattail Speedster with a Supercharged engine This 1930’s car represents why Duesenberg was the car to be seen in! The car's a part of the Martin Auto museum. Mel Martin, Owner shares info regarding this car. To see more cars from the Martin Auto Museum, go to YouTube.com and type in “My Car Story with Lou Costabile” or go to www.MartinAutoMuseum.org. When in Arizona, they are located at 17641 N. Black Canyon Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85023, and they are open Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 10am to 5pm. You can also call 1-602-298-2377 ENJOY!
Duesenberg II Torpedo Sedan “ Twenty Grand “ @ Volo Auto Museum on My Car Story with Lou Costabile
On "My Car Story" we're in Volo IL on 2-7-17. We're looking at a Duesenberg II Torpedo Sedan “Twenty Grand”. Today I'm speaking with Brian Grams, Director of the Volo Auto Museum, and he shares the name “Twenty Grand” came from the car’s price back in the 1930’s when the car sold for $20,000.00 dollars. The “Duesenberg II” was produced between 1978 and 2000 by the Elite Heritage Motors Corp and successor company Duesenberg Motors Inc. in Elroy Wisconsin. Each one was copied from an original and visually almost identical past car, with Ford Lincoln drive train, and a Ford V8 engine and modern comfort features. Fewer than 100 “Duesenberg II’s” were made in total. The car's located at Volo Auto Museum, 27582 Volo Village Rd., Volo IL 60073. Web site is www.VoloCars.com If you love cars (Hollywood, Classic, Muscle, Antique), and Military equipment, memorabilia, and mementos then you must stop by this location. ENJOY!