Described to be the car designed and engineered to be larger than life itself, the Duesenberg Model J really had no close rivals in terms of sheer power and performance. Its cutting-edge, competition-derived engine specifications alone made it equal, if not superior to, the most exotic European marques of its era and even among American luxury cars. Even the introduction announcement of Duesenberg Model J in 1928 shook the automobile industry, and this significant occasion even momentarily halted trading on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Now, one example of this particular vehicle that bought with it style, class and sophistication, the 1930 Duesenberg Model SJ Convertible Victoria by the Rollston Company is now being offered for the first time in over a decade at the upcoming RM Auctions’ St. John’s auction for an estimated price of $850,000 to $1,200,000. Scheduled to be held on 28th July, the St. John’s auction also offers other notable cars like the 1928 Cadillac V-8 “Al Capone” town sedan and the 1967 Ford GT40 Mark I, to name a few, for the likes of avid car collectors.
Owned by noted band leader Paul Whiteman of “Rhapsody in Blue” fame, this 1930 Duesenberg Model SJ Convertible Victoria is described to have been recently detailed, mechanically inspected on a limited basis, and serviced. This particular vehicle has chassis with a dual overhead cam, four-valve engine (J272) that delivers 265 hp, thus beating its nearest competitor by more than 100 horsepower.
And, coming from a company whose racing successes were already the stuff of legends, it was the perfect marketing move of that time as America was tasting economic success.
Further, its tall, elegantly-shaped radiator shell and long tapered hood, along with a choice of two lengthy wheelbases, made the mighty Duesenberg Model J an ideal platform for some of the most stunning and luxurious custom coachwork produced during the classic era.
Its engine with number J272 is described to be recently detailed and returned to running and driving order, and among the other items addressed, the wheels were removed from the car and the wheel cylinder and brakes were inspected, the fuel tank was removed and cleaned out, the carburetor was rebuilt, and a new battery was installed.
Offered for the very first time in over a decade, the 1930 Duesenberg Model SJ Convertible Victoria marks a significant opportunity for collectors, as it comes with strong provenance and beautiful and distinctive Victoria coachwork by the Rollston Company.
Another notable car, the 1928 Cadillac V-8 “Al Capone” town sedan is among the earliest surviving bulletproof vehicles, fitted with glass almost an inch thick and lined with nearly 3,000 pounds of armor plating, along with easy to operate modified windows, allowing occupants to fire upon would-be pursuers.
This Al Capone’s Cadillac is not only a silent witness to the boldiest era in American organized crime, but it also represents the development of modern armored sedan.
Also, one example of the 133 Ford GT40 originally produced, that too in time capsule condition is also being offered in the RM Auctions’ St. John’s auction. With engine number SGT/20 and an extremely well documented. However, it's not new when the legendary Ford GT40, the most sought-after and celebrated high performance sports car is offered on sale. As earlier, two rare Ford GT40 cars were offered as the star attractions of the highly anticipated Monterey auction, scheduled to be held on 17 and 18 August in California.