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RM Sotheby's Motor City Sale includes Duesenberg Model J

PLYMOUTH, Mich. _ RM Sotheby’s will kick-start its summer auction season with the offering of one of the most significant American motor cars of the Classic Era, a 1929 Duesenberg Model J “Disappearing Top” convertible coupe by Murphy, at its annual Motor City sale, July 30 in Plymouth, Mich. The car will be sold to benefit Hillsdale Collegein Hillsdale, Mich.


1929 Duesenberg Model J “Disappearing Top” Convertible Coupe by Murphy - Photo RM Sotheby's

The rare Duesenberg Model J “Disappearing Top” Convertible Coupe, engine no. J-119, is one of just a handful of similar, yet completely custom cars, individually built for their original owners. Their exclusive status and spectacular lines has made them the most iconic body style on the Model J chassis. The featured Duesenberg is offered complete with its original engine and dealer-installed Murphy “Disappearing Top” Convertible Coupe body, and has enjoyed enthusiast ownership throughout its life. Actively used and enjoyed by each of its caretakers, J-119 passed through the renowned collections of Melvin Clemans and Gifford Oborne, before eventually landing with Eric Bardeen of Florida.

Other featured cars of the sale include:

1933 Packard

1933 Packard Twelve Coupe Roadster - Photo RM Sotheby's

  • A pair of Packard Twelve Coupe Roadsters, the marque’s most prestigious 12-cylinder model, including a well-known 1933 model, chassis no. 901615, possibly the last 1933 Packard Twelve Coupe Roadster produced, finished in green with a complementing light green leather interior; and, a 1938 model, vehicle no. 1139-2021, fresh from a restoration and offered from nearly 25 years of single enthusiast ownership.
1930 Cord

1930 Cord L-29 Cabriolet - Photo RM Sotheby's

  • An award-winning 1930 Cord L-29 Cabriolet, serial no. 2927648. Exhibited since 2013 in the CCCA Barn at the Gilmore Car Museum in Kalamazoo, Mich., the car is offered for sale for the first time in seven decades

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