1929 Duesenberg J Dual-Cowl Phaeton

1929 Duesenberg J Dual-Cowl Phaeton outfitted with custom coachwork by Derham.

Unfortunately, due to mechanical difficulties this vehicle needed to be taken off display and sent away for repair work.

If it returns – will re-post with new dates.   We apologize for any inconvenience.

Willbanks Duesenberg     

Production Duesenberg J’s could top 115mph, and reach 88mph in second gear; this when most cars could barely reach 70mph! The car was unabashedly advertised as “The World’s Finest Motor Car” and the only copy used in many of the company’s advertisements was simply, “He drives a Duesenberg.” The list of Duesenberg owners was a Who’s Who of Hollywood elite along with captains of industry. No wonder – a bare chassis began at $7,500.00 before coachwork was supplied. Most cost between $15,000.00 and $20,000.00 fully equipped (a Ford Model A in 1929 cost less than $400.00).

This is one of two Derham dual-cowl phaetons built on the short-wheelbase chassis. Among the distinguishing features is the polished metal surrounding the cowl, doors, and rear of the car. This is not add-on trim, but the actual contours of the body which were polished, rather than painted, for accent. In total, Derham bodied sixteen chassis for Duesenberg during the 1929 to 1935 production run of the Model J. The original owner of chassis J-124 was W.A.M. Burden of New York.

Willbanks Duesenberg RF

This vehicle participated in The Elegance at Hershey 2015 event.