1929 Duesenberg J Derham Sport Phaeton Roger P. Willbanks, Denver Colorado
The new Duesenberg Model J debuted at the New York Motor Show on December 1, 1928. In Europe, it launched almost a year later, at the Salon de l’Automobile in Paris in October 1929. The first Model J (J101), now in the collection of General William Lyon, was fitted with Dual Cowl Phaeton coachwork by LeBaron, and it set the tone for many later examples. This Model J (J124) is one of two Dual Cowl Phaetons that Derham built on the standard-wheelbase chassis. Among its distinguishing features is the polished metal accent that is actually a contour of the body, which was left polished rather than painted. In total, Derham bodied 16 chassis for Duesenberg during the 1929 to 1935 production run of the Model J. The original owner of this car was a member of the Vanderbilt family, Mr. W. A. M. Burden of New York. The current owner first saw this Duesenberg when he was a boy. Then, when he saw it years later at auction, he bought it.