Auctions America on Auburn Fall from August 29-September 1, 2013 will offered a remarkable collection of classic cars and all will be LIVE covered by NBC Sports Network due to the partnership of Auctions America and NBC. In addition to many rare cars, two particularly stand out as glorious examples in this auction. Those are 1929 Duesenberg Model J Sport Sedan and 1930 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe.
1929 Duesenberg Model J Sport Sedan with chassis 2163, has notably remained an intact automobile for its entire life and retains its the original engine, no. J-139, and Murphy body no. 809. Some of the most exquisite bodies on Model J Duesenberg chassis were supplied by the Walter M. Murphy Company of Pasadena, California.
The body was finished in Smoke Grey Metallic, contrasting with black fenders with red pinstriping and a black leather top. The body is adorned with the expected Twilite headlamps with accessory Pilot Ray lights, chrome wire wheels shod in whitewall tires, dual side-mounted spares with pedestal mirrors, and a rear-mounted trunk bearing Duesenberg script. Car has 265-hp, 420-cid, DOHC inline eight-cylinder, three-speed manual transmission, beam type front and live rear axles with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and vacuum-assisted four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. The interior is a light blue cloth with grey-blue carpet and is remarkably unworn and accented by elegant, delicate wood garnish moldings.
1930 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe has dual-overhead cam inline eight-cylinder engine, a visually impressive 420-cubic inch unit, developed 265-hp in normally aspirated form and featured a free-breathing, four-valve cylinder head. Model J also features a fully automatic chassis-lubricating system that operated every 30 to 60 miles, Fred Duesenberg’s excellent two-shoe hydraulic drum brakes and complete instrumentation including a 150-mph speedometer, tachometer, altimeter, an eight-day clock with a split-second stopwatch hand and more.
Coachworked also by Murphy this remarkable car has a number of various owners form Louise D’Andelot Carpenter Jenney, Tallulah Bankhead and Greta Garbo to collector Ronald Benach.