1930 Duesenberg Model J Torpedo Phaeton by Fran Roxas
Offered by Bonhams | Boca Raton, Florida | February 23, 2013
Back-to-back Dueseys. This Model J has the special distinction of being used by the wife of Duesenberg owner E.L. Cord. The car was delivered to a customer in 1930, but was returned for whatever reason and used by Mrs. Cord. She used it for two years before it went to Hollywood.
That’s right, this car – which is the original chassis/engine combination, although not the original body – was in some movies. It was part of the Pacific Auto Rental fleet (which loaned cars to movie studios) for 48 years and appeared in numerous films.
The body was originally a Judkins Limousine. When Pacific Auto Rental closed up and sold off their cars, this one went to a new home in St. Louis. The new owners removed the original body (the horror!) and sent the chassis and 265 horsepower engine to Fran Roxas in Chicago and asked him to build this stunning Torpedo Phaeton body in the style of Walker LaGrande. The Judkins body also found a new home on a different chassis. This car spent time in the Blackhawk Collection on its way to being sold at a Bonhams auction in 2010. The sale price is unlisted for that sale, as I guess it didn’t meet its $800,000 reserve. The market has improved since then and it should do okay this time around.
Update: Sold $698,500.
Update: Failed to sell at Mecum, Monterey 2013 (high bid of $800,000).
Update: Failed to sell at Mecum, Dallas 2013 (high bid of $950,000).
Update: Failed to sell at Mecum, Kissimmee 2014 (high bid of $1,100,000).
Update: Not sold, Mecum Monterey 2016, high bid of $800,000.
Update: Not sold, Mecum Monterey 2018, high bid of $900,000.
Update: Sold, Mecum Kissimmee 2019, $935,000.