Model SJ Convertible Coupe by Murphy
Although more than 50 Duesenbergs of the 481 originally built were equipped with convertible coupe coachwork by Walter M. Murphy Co. of Pasadena, it is unlikely that any two were exactly the same. In addition to color, trim, and fabric choices, buyers could specify side- or rear-mounted spare tires, forward- or rear-hinged doors, disappearing or non-disappearing top, trunk or rumble seat, and a variety of other details. The Duesenberg Murphy roadster was priced when new at $13,500, about the cost of 25 comparable Fords of the day. The car was so powerful that promotional materials of the day stated that a Duesenberg owner could be passed by another car only when he wished to be passed.
The Margie and Robert E. Petersen Collection