Important Duesenbergs to grace the RM Sotheby's Hershey auction block

Joes Garage

Joes Garage

2016-09-01 13:57:30

A pair of rare and important Duesenbergs will lead the line-up at the annual RM Sotheby's Hershey sale next month.

Having spent more than 50 years in the same family collection, the cars will be offered at auction for the first time in their history.

First up is a 1930 Model J Dual-Cowl Phaeton, one of only three examples ever built featuring a body by coachbuilder Walter J. Murphy.

Chassis J-347 was originally owned by John F. Howard, otherwise known as the 'Mayonnaise King', who made millions from his wife's original salad dressing recipes. He had the car shipped to Mexico, and it later passed through the hands of several Mexican owners including a movie studio, before ending up in long-term storage at Mexico City airport.

It was there in 1962 that the 'Mexican Duesenberg' was discovered by historian Raymond Wolff, who returned it to the U.S and sold it to its current owner. Offered in beautifully preserved condition, the carefully restored car has graced concours events across the U.S, and is now expected to sell for $1.6 - $ 2 million.

(Images: RM Sotheby

(Images: RM Sotheby's)

Next is a Duesenberg Model A/Y Phaeton Prototype originally owned by August Duesenberg, the genius racing mechanic and brother of company founder Fred Duesenberg.

The prototype was one of two designed in 1927, as the company sought to build the world's greatest automobile, and is the only one to have survived. Augie tinkered with the car before selling it to Indianapolis businessman Hugh R. Baylor, and by 1957 it passed into the family of its current owners.

Having spent years on long-term display at the ACD Automobile Museum in Auburn, Indiana, the car is regarded as one of the most historically significant Duesenberg in private hands, and comes with an estimate of $450,000 - $550,000.

"There’s no better way to celebrate a decade of incredible auctions in Hershey than by presenting great American classics, offered out of long-term ownership and with truly fascinating histories," said Gord Duff, Car Specialist at RM Sotheby’s.

"Our Hershey auction boasts a great track record for selling world-class Duesenbergs; we’re thrilled to continue the tradition this October as we present what are surely two of the most significant Duesenbergs to come to market in recent years."

The RM Sotheby's Hershey sale takes place at the Hershey Lodge in Pennsylvania on October 6-7.

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