1932 Duesenberg Model J LWB Custom Speedster
Offered by Worldwide Auctioneers | Houston, Texas | May 5, 2012
Quick, somebody call Fran Roxas or someone similarly talented, ’cause this Duesey needs a new body. Chassis no. 2522 was one of the later cars built and some records show that it may not have actually been completed and sold until 1935, although it is currently titled as a 1932. Engine J-462 is under the hood, making the standard 265 horsepower.
The original body was a Murphy Beverly Berline – which is attractive. It is thought that the original body was removed and replaced by what you see here sometime in the late 1940s or 1950s. Most of the body panels came off of GM cars of the era. Exotic.
The car is often referred to as the “Tom Mix Duesenberg.” Tom Mix was a silent movie star known for his roles in westerns (I’ve seen a lot of silent films, but never one of his. He is kind of the archetypal movie cowboy). As you can see, this car sports a western motif – but it is also thought that Tom Mix had nothing to do with this car – he died in 1940 and the story attaching his name to the car didn’t appear until the 1970s. Make of it what you will. But it is a Duesenberg.
This car is being offered from the estate of John O’Quinn. It failed to sell at a Bonhams auction in Monterey in 2011. It is being offered in Houston at no reserve with an estimate at $400,000-$500,000, which is pretty cheap as far as Model Js go. Then again, who knows what it will cost to return the car to a more… Duesenberg-like state – if you are so inclined. Or keep it how it is and don’t be just another guy with just another Murphy-bodied Duesenberg (if it’s even legal to say that). This one’s certainly one-of-a-kind.
Update: Sold $297,000.