1929 is an important year for three reasons. The creation of Cord Corporation streamlines the legal structure of the group. The Duesenberg Model J chassis may actually emerge as the best in its class. The dual cowl phaeton bodywork designed and built by LeBaron is a spectacular novelty.
The phaeton is a convertible. The dual cowl is a social delicacy offering two compartments separated by a screen allowing rear passengers to be isolated from driver and front seater.
To stay on top, they must do ever better. In 1935, the SJ is a Model J fitted with a supercharged engine, with a top speed at 220 km/h. The prestige is not only related to the performance but also to the look. The dual cowl phaeton has been improved by Buehrig.
On August 30 in Auburn, Auctions America sells a Duesenberg SJ Dual Cowl Phaeton coachworked by LaGrande, manufactured in 1935, lot 5145. LaGrande is a label meaning that the bodybuilder was approved by Cord.
The phaeton is less luxurious than the convertible coupe. From the same year, the Duesenberg of Clark Gable was a convertible coupe JN, unsold in August 2012 by Gooding. Also made in 1935, the Duesenberg SJ that was sold for $ 4.5 million including premium by RM Auctions on March 9, 2013 was bodied by Walker-LaGrande.
The phaeton coming for sale, long preserved by careful collectors, is in a remarkable condition. This car is estimated over $ 1.4M.