1930 Duesenberg Model J will lead Danish auction

A 1930 Duesenberg Model J "disappearing top" roadster is valued at $2.5m-3.1m ahead of a September 26 sale.

It will lead Bonhams' auction of the Frederiksen collection in Ebeltoft, Denmark. 

Duesenberg Model J
The 1930 Duesenberg Model J is among the marque's most sought after models

The lot displays an exceptional example of coachwork by Murphy, a California-based designer that produced around 100 bodies. 

"Disappearing top" refers to the retractable canvas roof that can be stored out of sight.

Bonhams explains: "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…

"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."

The record for a Duesenberg stands at $10.3m, set for a Model J long wheelbase coupe at Gooding & Company in 2011.

A 1914 Mercedes 28/95 Phaeton is likely to prove another highlight, with an estimate of $1.4m-1.8m.

The model didn't officially enter production until the end of the first world war. The present lot was shipped to a buyer in New York in 1920.

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