Duesenberg Model J Town Cabriolet – 1930

Duesenberg Model J Town Cabriolet - 1930


Duesenberg Model J Town Cabriolet – 1930


Marca Duesenberg
Modello J
Versione : Town Cabriolet
Anno : 1930
Telaio N. : 2401
Motore N. : J381
Esemplari prodotti : —
Carrozzeria : 
Motore 8 Cilindri in linea
Distribuzione : DOHC
Valvole Cilindro : 2
Cilindrata : 420 cu
Potenza 265 CV


Auction Result
2016 – Quail Lodge – Bonhams – $ 1.254.000


Duesenberg Model J Town Cabriolet - 1930

Long wheelbase chassis 2401/J381 first shipped from the Duesenberg factory in Indianapolis to the company’s Manhattan showroom. First owner was Nanaline Doris Duke, noted gem collector and widow of James Buchanan Duke, founder of the American Tobacco Company. She had the rolling chassis shipped across the United States to Murphy in Pasadena, with orders to construct a Town Cabriolet. Mrs. Duke took delivery on Halloween 1930, but only retained 2401/J381 for a short time, after which the car passed through a series of owners. Some years after Mrs. Duke’s ownership it was purchased by J.S. Person who enjoyed the car, still in its original paint and upholstery, for about ten years. By 1958, 2401/J381 was in the ownership of Judge Pat Ferchill of Fort Worth, Texas, still in unrestored and factory original condition.

Duesenberg Model J Town Cabriolet - 1930

Dealer and auctioneer Dan Kruse acquired the car from Ferchill’s estate in the early 1980s, and sold it to Robert McGowan in Connecticut. Bill Lassiter of Florida purchased 2401/J381 in 1985, and commissioned a comprehensive concours quality restoration in charcoal and burgundy with a black leather top. Subsequently, this exceptional automobile has been in Ralph Englestad’s Imperial Palace Collection and the famous Blackhawk Collection owned by Don Williams. In recent years, an extensive mechanical refurbishment has been carried out by marque specialist Brian Joseph, including a clutch replacement, as well as thorough attention to the engine, steering and brakes. Service receipts are available for this work.

Duesenberg Model J Town Cabriolet - 1930

Remarkably, chassis 2401/J381 is still fitted with its original factory engine and carries its original coachbuilt Murphy body with pride. It is rare to encounter such a desirable style on a Duesenberg chassis where everything has been together since day one. Since its restoration, the car has been cared for by a series of fastidious owners, who have maintained it to a very high standard. Coupled with the dignified presence and lithe elegance of its graceful Murphy body, 2401/J381 represents an enviable opportunity to acquire a world class authentic and original Duesenberg with superb provenance.

Duesenberg Model J Town Cabriolet - 1930

 

Duesenberg Model J Town Cabriolet - 1930

 

Duesenberg Model J Town Cabriolet - 1930

 

Duesenberg Model J Town Cabriolet - 1930

 

Duesenberg Model J Town Cabriolet - 1930

 

Duesenberg Model J Town Cabriolet - 1930

 

Duesenberg Model J Town Cabriolet - 1930

 

Duesenberg Model J Town Cabriolet - 1930

 

Duesenberg Model J Town Cabriolet - 1930

 

Duesenberg Model J Town Cabriolet - 1930

 

Duesenberg Model J Town Cabriolet - 1930

 

Duesenberg Model J Town Cabriolet - 1930

 

Duesenberg Model J Town Cabriolet - 1930

 

Duesenberg Model J Town Cabriolet - 1930

 

Duesenberg Model J Town Cabriolet - 1930

 

Duesenberg Model J Town Cabriolet - 1930


 

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