1935 Duesenberg SJ phaeton leads Motor City auction

A 1935 Duesenberg model SJ cowl phaeton led RM Sotheby's July 25 Motor City auction in Detroit, selling for $852,500.

The lot formerly belonged to Lucius B Manning, head of Duesenberg.

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The model SJ phaeton belonged to the head of Duesenberg Motors

The coachwork was constructed at enormous expense and moved to a new chassis every couple of years.

The auction house commented prior to the sale: "With exhaustive work taken to make it just as it was when Duesenberg's top man enjoyed it on a daily basis, this striking Duesenberg would be no less enjoyable to drive and show today.

"It has made very few concours or show appearances aside from its star turn at Greenwich, and it is ready to reintroduce to Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club, AACA, or CCCA circles, in which it would most certainly be warmly welcomed."

Other lots included a 1933 Packard Twelve custom phaeton that made $583,000.

The model was produced in the style of LeBaron and is among the most stunning examples of its type.

It was awarded best in class at the 2002 Pebble Beach concours.

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