1930 Duesenberg Model J Torpedo Berline convertible to sell in Florida

A 1930 Duesenberg Model J Torpedo Berline convertible, formerly belonging to actor Tyrone Power, is to lead Mecum Auctions' January 17-26 sale at Kissimmee, Florida.

When the Duesenberg Model J was first shown at the 1928 New York Salon, contemporary reports document that trading ceased on Wall Street as brokers rushed out to view it.

Duesenberg Model J 1930
Duesenberg broke the land speed record at Daytona in 1917

In terms of looks and power it was streets ahead of the competition, featuring a 420 CI dual-overhead-camshaft straight 8 engine capable of a top speed of 116 mph.

The Torpedo Berline convertible model appeared in 1930, with the example in the sale featuring coachwork by the Pasadena-based Walter M Murphy.

It has had a litany of glamorous owners: including the screenwriter Gene Markey, James Talmadge (son of Buster Keaton) and Tyrone Power - perhaps best known for his appearance in the Mask of Zorro.

In recent years it has featured in two separate car museums and a number of auto shows - indicating that the public remains fascinated by its iconic design almost 100 years after it was first produced.  

This year has seen strong sales for vintage Duesenbergs, with a 1929 Model J Dual-Cowl Phaeton achieving $682,000 at RM Auctions in Plymouth, Michigan in July.

A 1930 Model J Murphy convertible coupe did even better at Auctions America - realising $1.5m

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