Yes, you read that correctly: 1982 Duesenberg. But don’t overlook the roman numeral that follows. The Pick of the Day is not a Model J by the brothers Duesenberg, but a 1982 re-creation by Elite Heritage Motors. Continue reading
RM Sotheby’s holds its 10th annual auction in Hershey, Pennsylvania, next month in conjunction with the Antique Automobile Club of America’s Eastern Division Fall Meet. The sale is headlined by a pair of significant Duesenbergs owned by the same family for more than 50 years.
One of those Duesenbergs, a 1930 Model J Dual-Cowl Phaeton that is one of only three of the open cars originally bodied by coachbuilder Walter J. Murphy, is the highest valued car at the auction, estimated at $1.6 million to $2 million. Continue reading
The Duesenberg brothers introduced their first production road car in 1920. The Straight Eight (later called the Model A) was an innovative and well-made machine. Regardless, the brothers (underfunded from the start) struggled to find enough customers to keep the company viable.
When E. L. Cord (through Auburn) purchased the bankrupt Duesenberg Company in 1926, Fred Duesenberg was already experimenting with a new iteration of the Straight Eight. It is thought that about dozen Model X chassis had been manufactured by the time of Cord’s acquisition. The Model X featured a re-worked Model A suspension and a larger displacement (260 cubic inches) mono-block straight-8 engine. Continue reading
The fascinating history of 1929 Duesenberg chassis 2201 (engine J-183) starts with the handsome town car body seen in the photo and created by Enos Derham. The Derham Body Company was one of the longest-lived American coachworks, surviving two world wars.
The company was founded by Joseph Derham as the Rosemont Carriage Works only a few miles west of Philadelphia. Enos Derham, the youngest of four brothers that followed their father into the firm, would end up running the company. They were known for their formal coachwork and bodied many great brands including Duesenberg. Interestingly, the company’s building survived, becoming the home to Chinetti & Garthwaite in the 1960s, the U.S. distributor for Ferrari. Continue reading
Think there isn’t a lot of competition for attention among the collector car auction houses? Then consider that Auctions America just finished its Auburn Spring sale, has a major sale coming up in Santa Monica, California, but also has released the first couple of big consignments for its annual Labor Day auction at its Indiana home grounds.
Those consignments are a 1934 Duesenberg Model J Berline known as “The Queen of Diamonds” and a 1929 Auburn 8-90 cabriolet. Continue reading
A 1929 Duesenberg Model J “Disappearing Top” convertible coupe, one of the headliner vehicles being offered this summer at RM Sotheby’s Motor City Sale, will be auctioned to benefit Hillsdale College, a small, independent four-year school in southern Michigan. Continue reading
The Keno Brothers, who are gradually rolling out the details of their inaugural Rolling Sculpture Auction of “40 significant vehicles” in November, have presented two more of the classic offerings that will roll across the block in Soho, New York.
The objective news is that the 1929 Duesenberg Model J convertible coupe offered up for bidding this week at Morphy Auction’s 46-lot Premier Automobile Auction in Denver, Pennsylvania, sold for a strong $2.53 million.
We who cover the collector car hobby write a lot about provenance and the effect of such things as ownership history on a car’s value when it is put up for sale. So it will be more than interesting to see what the extremely unusual ownership history of a particular 1929 Duesenberg Model J brings when the car crosses the block October 11 at Morphy Auctions’ Premier Automobile Auction in Denver, Pennsylvania.
The Dusie, with unrestored (original) convertible coupe bodywork (with rumble seat) by Murphy, has had four owners — and all of them have been women. Continue reading
Of all the American brands from the Classic Era, none rivals that of Duesenberg, then or now. The third-annual Arizona Concours d’Elegance honors “Duesie” with its own featured class on Sunday, January 24, 2016, and a number of spectacular examples already have been entered.