The ex-Shirley Carter Burden,1930 DUESENBERG MODEL J DISAPPEARING TOP ROADSTER  Chassis no. 2346 Engine no. J330Body no. 940
Lot 14
The ex-Shirley Carter Burden
1930 DUESENBERG MODEL J DISAPPEARING TOP ROADSTER
Sold for DKK 17,825,000 (US$ 2,809,820) inc. premium

The Frederiksen Auction

26 Sep 2015, 14:00 CEST

Denmark, Ebeltoft

Lot Details
The ex-Shirley Carter Burden,1930 DUESENBERG MODEL J DISAPPEARING TOP ROADSTER  Chassis no. 2346 Engine no. J330Body no. 940 The ex-Shirley Carter Burden,1930 DUESENBERG MODEL J DISAPPEARING TOP ROADSTER  Chassis no. 2346 Engine no. J330Body no. 940 The ex-Shirley Carter Burden,1930 DUESENBERG MODEL J DISAPPEARING TOP ROADSTER  Chassis no. 2346 Engine no. J330Body no. 940 The ex-Shirley Carter Burden,1930 DUESENBERG MODEL J DISAPPEARING TOP ROADSTER  Chassis no. 2346 Engine no. J330Body no. 940 The ex-Shirley Carter Burden,1930 DUESENBERG MODEL J DISAPPEARING TOP ROADSTER  Chassis no. 2346 Engine no. J330Body no. 940 The ex-Shirley Carter Burden,1930 DUESENBERG MODEL J DISAPPEARING TOP ROADSTER  Chassis no. 2346 Engine no. J330Body no. 940 The ex-Shirley Carter Burden,1930 DUESENBERG MODEL J DISAPPEARING TOP ROADSTER  Chassis no. 2346 Engine no. J330Body no. 940 The ex-Shirley Carter Burden,1930 DUESENBERG MODEL J DISAPPEARING TOP ROADSTER  Chassis no. 2346 Engine no. J330Body no. 940 The ex-Shirley Carter Burden,1930 DUESENBERG MODEL J DISAPPEARING TOP ROADSTER  Chassis no. 2346 Engine no. J330Body no. 940 The ex-Shirley Carter Burden,1930 DUESENBERG MODEL J DISAPPEARING TOP ROADSTER  Chassis no. 2346 Engine no. J330Body no. 940 The ex-Shirley Carter Burden,1930 DUESENBERG MODEL J DISAPPEARING TOP ROADSTER  Chassis no. 2346 Engine no. J330Body no. 940 The ex-Shirley Carter Burden,1930 DUESENBERG MODEL J DISAPPEARING TOP ROADSTER  Chassis no. 2346 Engine no. J330Body no. 940 The ex-Shirley Carter Burden,1930 DUESENBERG MODEL J DISAPPEARING TOP ROADSTER  Chassis no. 2346 Engine no. J330Body no. 940 The ex-Shirley Carter Burden,1930 DUESENBERG MODEL J DISAPPEARING TOP ROADSTER  Chassis no. 2346 Engine no. J330Body no. 940 The ex-Shirley Carter Burden,1930 DUESENBERG MODEL J DISAPPEARING TOP ROADSTER  Chassis no. 2346 Engine no. J330Body no. 940 The ex-Shirley Carter Burden,1930 DUESENBERG MODEL J DISAPPEARING TOP ROADSTER  Chassis no. 2346 Engine no. J330Body no. 940 The ex-Shirley Carter Burden,1930 DUESENBERG MODEL J DISAPPEARING TOP ROADSTER  Chassis no. 2346 Engine no. J330Body no. 940 The ex-Shirley Carter Burden,1930 DUESENBERG MODEL J DISAPPEARING TOP ROADSTER  Chassis no. 2346 Engine no. J330Body no. 940 The ex-Shirley Carter Burden,1930 DUESENBERG MODEL J DISAPPEARING TOP ROADSTER  Chassis no. 2346 Engine no. J330Body no. 940 The ex-Shirley Carter Burden,1930 DUESENBERG MODEL J DISAPPEARING TOP ROADSTER  Chassis no. 2346 Engine no. J330Body no. 940 The ex-Shirley Carter Burden,1930 DUESENBERG MODEL J DISAPPEARING TOP ROADSTER  Chassis no. 2346 Engine no. J330Body no. 940 The ex-Shirley Carter Burden,1930 DUESENBERG MODEL J DISAPPEARING TOP ROADSTER  Chassis no. 2346 Engine no. J330Body no. 940 The ex-Shirley Carter Burden,1930 DUESENBERG MODEL J DISAPPEARING TOP ROADSTER  Chassis no. 2346 Engine no. J330Body no. 940 The ex-Shirley Carter Burden,1930 DUESENBERG MODEL J DISAPPEARING TOP ROADSTER  Chassis no. 2346 Engine no. J330Body no. 940 The ex-Shirley Carter Burden,1930 DUESENBERG MODEL J DISAPPEARING TOP ROADSTER  Chassis no. 2346 Engine no. J330Body no. 940 The ex-Shirley Carter Burden,1930 DUESENBERG MODEL J DISAPPEARING TOP ROADSTER  Chassis no. 2346 Engine no. J330Body no. 940 The ex-Shirley Carter Burden,1930 DUESENBERG MODEL J DISAPPEARING TOP ROADSTER  Chassis no. 2346 Engine no. J330Body no. 940 The ex-Shirley Carter Burden,1930 DUESENBERG MODEL J DISAPPEARING TOP ROADSTER  Chassis no. 2346 Engine no. J330Body no. 940 The ex-Shirley Carter Burden,1930 DUESENBERG MODEL J DISAPPEARING TOP ROADSTER  Chassis no. 2346 Engine no. J330Body no. 940 The ex-Shirley Carter Burden,1930 DUESENBERG MODEL J DISAPPEARING TOP ROADSTER  Chassis no. 2346 Engine no. J330Body no. 940 The ex-Shirley Carter Burden,1930 DUESENBERG MODEL J DISAPPEARING TOP ROADSTER  Chassis no. 2346 Engine no. J330Body no. 940 The ex-Shirley Carter Burden,1930 DUESENBERG MODEL J DISAPPEARING TOP ROADSTER  Chassis no. 2346 Engine no. J330Body no. 940 The ex-Shirley Carter Burden,1930 DUESENBERG MODEL J DISAPPEARING TOP ROADSTER  Chassis no. 2346 Engine no. J330Body no. 940 The ex-Shirley Carter Burden,1930 DUESENBERG MODEL J DISAPPEARING TOP ROADSTER  Chassis no. 2346 Engine no. J330Body no. 940 The ex-Shirley Carter Burden,1930 DUESENBERG MODEL J DISAPPEARING TOP ROADSTER  Chassis no. 2346 Engine no. J330Body no. 940 The ex-Shirley Carter Burden,1930 DUESENBERG MODEL J DISAPPEARING TOP ROADSTER  Chassis no. 2346 Engine no. J330Body no. 940 The ex-Shirley Carter Burden,1930 DUESENBERG MODEL J DISAPPEARING TOP ROADSTER  Chassis no. 2346 Engine no. J330Body no. 940 The ex-Shirley Carter Burden,1930 DUESENBERG MODEL J DISAPPEARING TOP ROADSTER  Chassis no. 2346 Engine no. J330Body no. 940 The ex-Shirley Carter Burden,1930 DUESENBERG MODEL J DISAPPEARING TOP ROADSTER  Chassis no. 2346 Engine no. J330Body no. 940
The ex-Shirley Carter Burden
1930 DUESENBERG MODEL J DISAPPEARING TOP ROADSTER
Coachwork by Murphy

Chassis no. 2346
Engine no. J330
Body no. 940

419 cid DOHC Inline 8-cylinder Engine
4 Valves Per Cylinder
265 bhp at 4,200 rpm
3-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes


*Owned new by Shirley Carter Burden - Great grandson of C. Cornelius Vanderbilt
*Fully matching numbers and original coachwork with ACD Category 1 certification
*Highly original and desirable disappearing top Murphy Roadster
*Unbroken chain of ownership since manufacture 85 years ago
*Accompanied by extensive history file



THE MODEL J DUESENBERG

Few names in motoring are as redolent of wealth and power as Duesenberg. The ground-breaking company advertising placed in up-market periodicals for the Model J was one of the first campaigns that deliberately did not show the product. A series of soft charcoal drawings portrayed a man in evening dress, seated in front of the fire in a great hall with a minstrels' gallery dominated by a huge pipe organ, or the silver-haired skipper of an America's Cup-type yacht, above a single line of script: "He drives a Duesenberg". Women drivers were not forgotten: under the portrait of an elegant lady giving directions to her head gardener, "She drives a Duesenberg" said it all, eloquently underscoring a scene where one could perceive an additional four gardeners in the distance, tending the immaculate grounds.

America took the new model to its heart and a new superlative was added to the language: to this day the phrase "It's a Doozy" is a universal term of ultimate approval, just as the Model J has become the ultimate collectors' automobile. Duesenberg unveiled its Model J – the embodiment of company owner E.L. Cord and chief engineer Fred Duesenberg's vision of "The World's Finest Motor Car" – at the New York Auto Salon in December 1928.

Among its remarkable features was a twin-cam race-bred engine – a purpose-built 32-valve Lycoming 6,876 cc straight-eight said to develop 265 bhp. With light bodywork, such as a Murphy roadster, it was possible to achieve 90 mph in second gear with a maximum speed in the region of 110 mph in high gear. Ride and handling were exceptional for the period, matched by 15 inch hydraulic brakes all around. Every chassis built was tested for 500 miles on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway before being handed over to a leading coachbuilder for the construction of custom bodywork.

Though they were built during the Great Depression and cost more than a Rolls-Royce or a Hispano-Suiza, the Model J Duesenberg had no problems attracting customers in the beginning. Among the rich and famous who drove Duesenbergs were film stars Greta Garbo, Al Jolson, Gary Cooper, Clark Gable and Dolores del Rio, whose husband Cedric Gibbons, famed film art director and creator of the "Oscar" statuette, was also a keen Duesenberg owner. Millionaires like William Randolph Hearst, Phillip K. Wrigley and Howard Hughes, as well as royalty like King Alfonso XIII of Spain, Queen Marie of Yugoslavia, King Vittorio Emmanuel III of Italy and Prince Nicholas of Romania were all members of the exclusive Duesenberg set: in the end, fewer than 500 Model J's were built.


THE MOTOR CAR OFFERED

Chassis 2346/J330 proudly carries the desirable disappearing top Roadster body by Murphy, which is regarded by many as the quintessential Duesenberg look. By far the most prolific builder on the Duesenberg chassis, the Walter M. Murphy Company of Pasadena, California produced roughly 100 Duesenberg bodies, a little more than one fifth of total production. The most popular Murphy style was the two-passenger Convertible Coupe with a rumble seat, now universally dubbed the Murphy Roadster. About 60 were made, although they are not all alike. Initially, about 25 came with a non-disappearing top, followed by a series of interim cars, many of which were one-offs, where the top folded down into a well behind the seat, covered by a snap-on tonneau in leather. The final evolution was the true "disappearing top" model, where a flush-fitting metal lid replaced the tonneau to create a seamless flat line that ran from the edges of the bonnet to the doors and down over the rear deck.

This elegant solution, coupled with the signature ultra-thin Murphy windshield pillars and disappearing side windows, gave the Convertible Coupe the sporting appearance of a true Roadster. It is by far the most coveted Murphy design and was recognised for its beauty in period, as evidenced by the fact that Errett Lobban Cord had the style copied for the subsequent Cord L-29 model and the Auburn V-12 Salon series. While the previous convertible coupes had often been produced for Duesenberg factory stock, the disappearing top models were fully custom, built to order for their first owner and provided with a 900-series body number. Chassis 2346/J330 carries its original Murphy disappearing top Roadster body number 940.

Chassis 2346/J330 was originally built for film producer, photo essayist and cinematographer Shirley Carter Burden whose mother was a Vanderbilt, making him a great grandson of Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt. Burden's father's family owned the Burden Iron works of Troy, New York, and he married Flobelle Fairbanks, niece of Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. In the early days of Hollywood, Burden became known for his still photographs in several national magazines and was displayed in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. After working as an assistant producer on the films The Silent Enemy and She in the late 1920s and early '30s, he produced training films for the military during World War II and after the war did photographic essays on American subjects including Ellis Island and the Vanderbilts.

Burden took delivery of the car on 23 June 1930. According to a 1983 letter from the noted collector Robert J. Gottlieb who corresponded with Burden, 2346/J330 was purchased from the factory by his mother and given to him as a present. Burden kept 2346/J330 for a little more than three years. By 28 July 1934 the car was for sale at the Duesenberg showroom in New York City, from where it was purchased on 20 September 1934 by Donald La Sala (or La Salle in some accounts) of Massachusetts. In 1935, Walter Groff in New Jersey became the third owner. Groff kept 2346/J330 for twenty years, before selling it to Raymond de Vos, also of Trenton, New Jersey in May 1955. By that time, the odometer showed approximately 34,000 original miles.

Raymond de Vos was the original Model J Duesenberg historian for the ACD Club preceding Ray Wolff, and he took exceptionally good care of the car, performing a sympathetic and sensitive restoration. In the files for 2346/J330, there is a touching letter written to Wolff by Raymond de Vos' widow of the Château Perigord in Monaco responding to Wolf's request for information about the car. In January 1958, 2346/J330 won first place at the CCCA 6th Annual Meet, in Buck Hill Falls, Pennsylvania. In December 1959, de Vos sold the car for the then princely sum of USD 6,000 to sometime dealer George Huguely of Washington, DC, who sold the car in April 1967 for a rather more princely USD 28,000 to Harry Resnick of New York. In June 1970, 2346/J330 passed to the legendary Duesenberg collector and dealer Leo Gephart in Ohio, and then to Walter Cunny III of Genoa, Illinois in March 1971.

Cunny was another long term owner. The car was precisely forty years old when he acquired it, had 43,030 original miles certified by the ACD club and remarkably, the engine, chassis and body remained all original and had never been taken apart. Cunny kept the car until his death in 1986, when it was inherited by his sister Mary-Ann Garrett and brother-in-law Carl Garrett of Cincinatti, Ohio. In 1997, the car passed to James King, who sold it to the noted collector Charles B. Key of Dallas, Texas in May 1999.

In recent years, 2346/J330 has won a number of awards, including Best of Class at the 2000 Keels and Wheels Concours, Premier Crown Award at the May 2002 CCCA Spring Classic and the first place premier award with 98¾ points at the CCCA 50th Grand Classic. In February 2003, the car was featured in the centre spread of the ACD newsletter. A large amount of information comes with the car, including an envelope of maintenance bills spanning the period 1950 - 1994. Quite extraordinarily, 2346/J330 also comes with a tool kit. In addition, the car has been fitted with a removable electric fan to assist cooling. The original fan comes with the car.

Of the utmost importance for the provenance of 2346/J330 is the fact that the car was inspected on 7 September 1983 by the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club. Main reviewer of the car was the prominent Duesenberg Historian Fred Roe, author of the rare book Duesenberg, the Pursuit of Perfection. The club officials concluded that 2346/J330 with its original body number 940 qualified for certification in Category 1, the highest possible accolade.

This Duesenberg not only represents the supreme classic expression of the Model J, it is also one of the most deeply original examples left in the world today and gifted with an unbroken chain of ownership since it left the Duesenberg factory 85 years ago. In addition, the body, chassis, engine and mechanical components have never been apart. When standing next to 2346/J330, there is an emotional sense of history emanating from the car, and with it comes the realisation of what an incredible privilege it will be to become the next custodian of this fabulous automobile. As Walter E. Cunny stated when he owned this most magnificent of Duesenbergs: "It's having something someone else doesn't have and watching their heads turn when you drive by". Well said.


BILEN DER TILBYDES

Denne Duesenberg er udstyret med et disappearing top Roadster karosseri af Murphy, der anses af mange for at være den mest klassiske Duesenberg type. Chassis 2346/J330 er fuldt dokumenteret fra dag ét og har sit originale Murphy karosseri med nummer 940.

Bilen blev oprindeligt bygget til filmproducent, foto-skribent og filmfotograf Shirley Carter Burden, hvis mor var medlem af Vanderbilt familien og hvis hustru var niece til den store amerikanske skuespiller Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. Bilen blev leveret til Burden den 23. juni 1930. Ifølge et brev fra 1983 fra den anerkendte amerikanske bilsamler Robert J. Gottlieb, som korresponderede med Burden, blev 2346/J330 købt af Burdens mor som en gave til sønnen. Burden beholdt bilen i lidt over tre år. I juli 1934 var bilen til salg hos Duesenberg forhandleren i New York City. Den har derefter haft en lang række ejere, som alle er fuldt dokumenterede.

Med bilen følger en kuffert med mapper, dokumenter og billeder, som ligeledes dokumenterer bilens komplette historie og gør rede for dens uafbrudte ejerskab frem til i dag. Der er også en mappe med fakturaer, som dokumenterer vedligeholdelsen af bilen fra 1950 - 1994. Som den enestående Duesenberg den er, har bilen vundet en rækker priser på adskillige concours og træf i USA. Af den allerstørste betydning for bilen er dog, at den blev inspiceret den 7. september 1983 af den amerikanske Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club, som konkluderede, at 2346/J330 med sit originale karosseri, chassis og motor som aldrig havde været separerede var kvalificeret til at blive certificeret som en Category 1 bil, hvilket er den højest mulige klassificering.

Denne Duesenberg repræsenterer ikke blot det mest rene og klassiske udtryk for en Model J, den er også et af de mest originale eksemplarer, som overhovedet eksisterer i dag med en uafbrudt historie siden den forlod Duesenberg fabrikken for 85 år siden. Salget i dag er en enestående mulighed for at blive den kommende kustode for denne bil og på bedste vis videreføre dens helt ekstraordinære historie.

EU Taxes paid
US Import duty exempt
With Danish Registreringsattest
Registered as model year 1931
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