1930 Duesenberg Model J Sport Berline

1930 Duesenberg Model J Sport Berline photographed by Douglas Wilkinson at the RM Auctions 2010 Automobiles of Amelia Island Collector Car Auction.

1930 Duesenberg Model J Sport Berline
1930 Duesenberg Model J Sport Berline

1930 Duesenberg Model J Sport Berline Pictures

1930 Duesenberg Model J Sport Berline

1930 Duesenberg Model J Sport Berline

1930 Duesenberg Model J Sport Berline
Chassis: J287
Coachwork by: Murphy
Photo By: Douglas Wilkinson
Location: RM Auctions 2010 Automobiles of Amelia Island Collector Car Auction
Auction Results: Sold at a price of $1,705,000

265 bhp, 420 cu. in. four valves per cylinder twin overhead camshaft inline eight-cylinder engine, three-speed transmission, leaf spring and beam axle front suspension, leaf spring and live axle rear suspension, vacuum-assisted four-wheel hydraulically-actuated drum brakes. Wheelbase: 153"

A Singular Design

The lovely sport Berline offered here is a one-off creation, built to order by Murphy's brilliant young designer Franklin Hershey. From a design standpoint, J287 was years ahead of its time. Its compact, close coupled body featured a well integrated trunk and stunning center-opening doors that wrapped into the roof, a feature never before seen. With its striking slanted windshield, narrow pillars and sinister side windows, it was at once supremely elegant, tastefully restrained and a bit mysterious.

Perhaps the most revolutionary feature of the design is one the casual observer will never see its all aluminum construction. Built entirely without structural woodwork, its strength was derived from the clever use of cast aluminum supports combined with fabricated aluminum reinforcements. It was a revolutionary concept both in its lack of wood framing and in its exclusive use of aluminum and one that would not be seen again in a production car for decades to come. Compared to ordinary wood framed classics, J287 delivers a more nimble ride and more responsive handling with none of the ponderousness that typifies wood-framed carriage-style construction.

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