Classics sell well

Duesenbergs claim top three spots

Eric Kaminsky - January 28, 2014 10:00 AM


1930 Duesenberg Model J disappearing top convertible coupe

Darin Schnabel, Courtesy of RM Auctions
Image1933 Marmon Sixteen convertible sedan

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A trio of Duesenbergs were among the top selling classics at the recent collector car auctions in Arizona, and all topped the one million mark.


1) 1930 Duesenberg Model J “Disappearing Top” convertible coupe with Murphy body (Lot 22, RM Auctions), $2,200,000

Originally purchased by Doran Hinchman of Logan, West Virginia, this car has only had three owners in its 83 years, and is offered for public sale for the first time since new. Showing approximately 30,000 original miles, it has received Category One certification from the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club, issued in 1983, and available for reissuing in the new owner’s name. It confirms the presence of the Duesenberg’s original frame, firewall, body, and engine.


2) 1929 Duesenberg Model J dual cowl phaeton (Lot 143, Gooding & Company), $2,090,000

Retaining is original chassis, engine and LeBaron bodywork, this classic was a winner at the 2010 Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance. Originally owned by John Duval Dodge, it was restored to show-quality condition by Fran Roxas.


3) 1929 Duesenberg SJ LeBaron dual cowl phaeton (Lot 5048, Barrett-Jackson), $1,430,000

At one time part of the Imperial Palace Collection in Las Vegas, this car features a supercharged engine and standard wheelbase chassis, one of 36 built. The car has been fully restored to like-new condition, and has been displayed at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum, the Pebble Beach Concors, and was recently invited to participate in the prestigious Duesenberg Tour.


4) 1933 Marmon Sixteen convertible sedan (Lot 5058, Barrett-Jackson), $660,000

This was the personal car of Mrs. Howard Marmon, and it features a cloth interior (the only convertible sedan made that way, per her specifications), and shows only 32,250 original miles. One of only 11 convertible sedans still existing, it is the only one from 1933. Restored, it is a multiple show and award winner.


5) 1934 Packard Twelve seven-passenger touring (Lot 108, RM Auctions), $550,000

With its massive 445.5ci, 160hp V-12 engine, this Packard is one of only three seven-passenger touring cars built in 1934. The car was delivered direct from the factory to the City of New York, and was most likely used for carrying visiting dignitaries. Sold in the 1950s, it was acquired by the late Ruth Dougherty and later by Tom Moretti, both classic car and Packard experts. It has been fully restored, and is a multiple concours and show winner.


6) 1932 Auburn speedster convertible (Lot 5045, Barrett-Jackson), $484,000

Featuring a stunning black and orange paint scheme, this V-12 speedster has undergone a body-off restoration. Since then it has earned CCCA Senior status, and also scored 100 points in CCCA judging. It was named Bestof Show and People’s Choice winner at the St. Michael’s Concours d’Elegance.


7) 1935 Auburn 851 supercharged boattail speedster (Lot 142, Bonhams), $467,500

Val Chickinelli found this car in 1949 in a garage in Omaha, Nebraska, and he owned it until his death in 2013, when it passed to his son. It features the 280ci supercharged inline eight-cylinder engine with three-speed. Used regularly until 1962, it was then parked until 2014, so it will need refurbishment.


8) 1942 Chrysler Windsor Town & Country Barrellback (Lot 16, Gooding & Company), $462,000

Recognized as a Classic Car Club of America Full Classic, this car was one of only 849 nine-passenger models built in 1942, and one of less than 20 that survive. Powered by the 250ci “Spitfire” inline six, it also has the “Vacamatic” four-speed semi-automatic transmission. Restored, it continues to be driven, and was displayed at the 2001 Pebble Beach Concours.


9) 1933 Auburn 12-16A custom speedster (Lot 188, Bonhams), $451,000

One of only three speedsters made in 1933, the car spent time in Florida and California before being acquired by Dr. Ralph Cox of New Jersey, and it has remained in his family for more than 60 years. Power is supplied by a 391ci Lycoming side-valve V-12, coupled to a three-speed manual transmission.


10) 1933 Packard Twelve coupe roadster (Lot 14, RM Auctions), $418,000

Restored over a four-year period by Packard expert Dennis Sobieski, this red car features wide whitewalls on chrome wire wheels, dual side mounts with mirrors on each one, and a modified 445.5ci L-head V-12 under its long hood. The body number indicates it was the last one of this style built in 1933. It is a consistent award and show winner.