1932 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe

1932 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe photographed by Douglas Wilkinson at the RM Auctions 2010 Automobiles of Amelia Island Collector Car Auction.

1932 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe
1932 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe

1932 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe Pictures

1932 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe

1932 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe

1932 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe
Chassis: J340
Coachwork by: Murphy
Photo By: Douglas Wilkinson
Location: RM Auctions 2010 Automobiles of Amelia Island Collector Car Auction
Auction Results: Lot 140 - Sold at a price of $825,000

265 bhp, 420 cu. in. four valves per cylinder twin overhead camshaft inline eight-cylinder, three-speed transmission, front beam axle, live rear axle, four wheel longitudinal leaf springs, vacuum assisted four-wheel hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 142.5".

The Murphy body company of Pasadena, California is generally recognized as the most successful coachbuilder on the Duesenberg Model J chassis. Associated initially with Packards, Murphy built bodies that suited the California tastes of the time. They were simple and elegant, with trim lines and an undeniable sporting character. Murphy bodies seemed all the more revolutionary when compared with their contemporaries from the east coast heavier, more ornate designs.

The convertible coupe is generally considered to be the best looking of Murphy's designs, and indeed, it became one of the most popular bodies for the Model J. Most, like J340, were short wheelbase designs. With its exceedingly attractive Murphy convertible coupe coachwork, the car exhibits the stunningly attractive proportions that have made these cars so highly coveted today.

Most Murphy convertible coupes, like J340, were short wheelbase designs. Unlike many, J340 is completely original, retaining its original chassis, engine and body. Overall, J340 is a highly restored car, done body-off to a professional standard in the mid-1990s. A multiple-award winner upon completion, the car remains in excellent overall condition.

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