Friday, March 13, 2015

1932 Duesenberg Model J Phaeton SJ Supercharger 420 CI 320 HP



Acquired in 1997 from renowned collector Al Wiseman, this 1932 Duesenberg Model J, chassis number 2480, engine number J-463, has a remarkably interesting history. A long-wheelbase car, J-463/2480 stretches some 153.5-inches and boasts a highly desirable and elegant dual cowl phaeton bodywork crafted in the style of LeGrande and finished in closely-matched, duo-tone Red with Beige top and interior.

Spicing up the allure and history of J-463/2480, and often a common practice with cars such as Duesenbergs, J-463/2480 began life with a formal limousine body by Rollston of New York, which was later removed in favor of body number 1946 from J-389/2415, a sportier, long-wheelbase convertible Berline body by Dietrich, Inc. of Detroit. Unfortunately, in 1946, a garage fire destroyed the Dietrich body, leaving only the chassis of J-463/2480 to survive for many years. The graceful and popular LeGrande-style body was fitted prior to 1985, likely sometime during the 1970’s. It’s thought that during this time also the engine was upgraded with a proper SJ centrifugal supercharger.

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6 comments:

  1. That is a load of power, for that day. I used to know a guy who was an engineer for Dusenberg. He was working on a c.v. u joint back in the 30's. It never panned out, but he gave me a wooden prototype from long ago. I havent thought about him for 30 years. Thanks, Brock.

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    1. What an absolutely beautiful car. Don't make them like that anymore. Do you have a picture of the cv joint? Thanks.

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  2. Ooooooooooooooo, my gawd!

    Bob
    III

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    1. Just beautiful! Man, could I style around in that. :)

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  3. I can get one. He invented a long list of stuff, but died broke.

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    1. What a shame. It would be great if there was enough information to write a story or more about him.

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