An advised businessman, Murphy had therefore no specific training nor a sustained vocation for car bodies. The very sudden termination of his company in April 1932 is not related to the economic crisis because the backlog was abundantly filled. Murphy had lost a lot of money in an investment and felt the need to change his activities. He will become in the following year a major dealer for the Standard Oil Company.
The buyer of the company is unable to maintain the business. This is an opportunity for two former employees of Murphy, Bohman and Schwartz, who combine to process the contracts unfinished by their former boss and offer their services for the transformation of bodyworks from all brands.
The actress Marie Dressler briefly owned a convertible sedan assembled by LeBaron on a Duesenberg Model J long wheelbase which was the top of the luxury chassis at that time. Her car was bought in 1933 by the film producer and director Roy Del Ruth.
Much younger than Dressler, Del Ruth expects a more modern look. He commissions to Bohman and Schwartz the transformation of his Duesenberg into a convertible coupe. This specific order makes this car the only example of a Model J LWB convertible coupe by B and S. It is estimated $ 3.5M for sale by Mecum in Monterey on August 20, lot S114.
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