Incredible Unique American Classic Heads To Amelia Auction

Duesenberg Model J
1930 Duesenberg Model J 'Sweep Panel' Dual-Cowl Phaeton by LeBaron - ©RM Sotheby's

A stunning 1930 Duesenberg Model J ‘Sweep Panel’ Dual-Cowl Phaeton by LeBaron will head to Amelia Island for $2,000,000.

The incredible Duesenberg Model J, nicknamed the ‘Duesy’, is a classic of complete distinction representing grandeur and opulence. A frugal 18 examples of the ‘Sweep Panel’ Dual-Cowl Phaeton body style were ever produced, with engine no. J-487 being the one and only example on the desirable long 153½-in” wheelbase.

Finished in a stunning rich black and café au lait combination, highlighted by a subtle red pinstripe that delineates the iconic sweep panel, providing a handsome match to the tan cloth top and sumptuous leather interior, with its distinctive engine-turned dashboard. It is an exceptional example of the marque, and one with a known and continuous history from new, which has always been well maintained and cared for throughout its life, as evidenced by its ACD Club Category One Certification (Est. $1,600,000 – $2,000,000).

Duesenberg Model J
1930 Duesenberg Model J ‘Sweep Panel’ Dual-Cowl Phaeton by LeBaron – ©RM Sotheby’s

RM Sotheby’s report the original owner of chassis no. 2336 was J. Clarke Dean, a broker at Dean, Onatavia & Company of Chicago. Mr. Dean was a very prominent figure in Windy City business, dealing in stocks, bonds, and commodities, such as grain and cotton, as well as enjoying membership in Chicago’s most prominent sporting clubs.

Interestingly, the records of long-time Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club Duesenberg historian Raymond Wolff note that the prosperous Mr. Dean paid cash for his new Model J, and he was surely one of only a few men capable of doing so.

In 1938, Dean sold his Duesenberg through the Felz Cadillac Company, a renowned dealership in Chicago. Reportedly, the sale was to another Chicagoan, but by 1948, the car had made its way to Grand Rapids, Michigan, and was sold that year to a Grand Rapids local, George Williams. By this time, the car had engine J-487, which is believed to have been a factory branch-installed replacement from its Chicago days.

Delivering elegant proportions, historic interest, nostalgia and the purist of provenance this unique Long-Wheelbase Duesenberg is one of the rarest surviving ‘Sweep Panel’ Phaetons.

It is, simply put, an exceptional example of the marque, and one with a known and continuous history from new, which has always been well maintained and cared for throughout its life, as evidenced by its ACD Club Category One Certification.

As the only long-wheelbase ‘Sweep Panel’ Dual-Cowl Phaeton ever built, chassis no. 2336 will forever remain one of the most interesting and unique Duesenberg Model Js.

Duesenberg Model J
1930 Duesenberg Model J ‘Sweep Panel’ Dual-Cowl Phaeton by LeBaron – ©RM Sotheby’s

Gord Duff, Global Head of Auctions, RM Sotheby’s, said:
“The RM Sotheby’s Ocean Front Lawn at the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island has long been where collectors find some of the hobby’s most coveted American Classics.

“As we saw in Arizona, there is a sustained and perhaps renewed appetite for great pre-war Classics in today’s market, and we’re thrilled to bring collectors rare opportunities such as one of Fran Roxas’ final Duesenberg restoration projects, yet to be shown following completion, an as-pure-as-it-gets Packard Twelve Convertible Sedan Custom, and an Auburn Eight Custom Speedster—a Classic in high demand.”

RM Sotheby’s 21st annual Amelia Island sale is set to take place during the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance on 8-9 March at the Ritz-Carlton, presenting more than 120 of the world’s most sought-after blue-chip automobiles. Additional entries to be announced. For further information on RM Sotheby’s 2019 Amelia Island auction, please visit rmsothebys.com. Interested consignors and bidders are invited to call RM Sotheby’s headquarters at +1 519 352 4575 to speak with a car specialist.

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