1929 Duesenberg Model J Disappearing Top Torpedo Convertible

  • This incredibly rare 1929 Duesenberg Model J Disappearing Top Torpedo Convertible Coupe by Murphy is one of only six units ever produced.
  • It still keeps its original coachwork, as well as a series of one-off features that make it highly exclusive.
  • Auction experts have estimated its value at approximately $3.5 million.

The 1929 Duesenberg Model J Disappearing Top Torpedo Convertible Coupe represents an extremely rare piece of automotive history, literary worth millions. Chassis 2199 is one of only six such beauties ever manufactured by California coachbuilder Walter M. Murphy, and auction experts have estimated its worth to around $3.5 million.

Front View, Duesenberg Model J

Duesenberg Model J, Tyre
1929 Duesenberg Model J, Side View
1929 Duesenberg Model J, Rim

Its less exclusive sister model, the Duesenberg Model J Disappearing Top Convertible Coupe, was produced in a limited run of 25 units, and it still is a highly coveted collectible piece today. However, the Torpedo version is one of those rare gems for which passionate collectors are willing to wait a lifetime and pay a fortune to bring into their garages.

To make things even more exciting, this particular unit flaunts a series of unique features, such as a one-off tail design. It still has its original body, chassis and firewall, and it is ACD Club certified for Category One (D-119). The car was originally owned by California sportsman and automotive enthusiast David Gray, whose father had built a fortune by investing $10,500 in the new automobile company of Henry Ford.

Only four 1929 Duesenberg Model J Disappearing Top Torpedo Convertible Coupes still retain their original coachwork today, and chassis 2199 is one of them. All others are securely kept in private collections (one of which belongs to the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum), and once this one goes under the gavel, the chances of it reemerging on the market are very, very slim.

Tail Light, Duesenberg Model J

Logo, 1929 Duesenberg Model J
Interior, 1929 Duesenberg Model J
1929 Duesenberg Model J, Headlight
1929 Duesenberg Model J, Door
1929 Duesenberg Model J, Controls

By : - 15 Feb 2016