1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Town Car by Bonham & Schwartz
There is an impressive 320 bhp, 420 cu. in. DOHC inline eight-cylinder engine with a centrifugal supercharger (a correct reproduction supercharger), three-speed manual transmission, beam-type front and live rear axles with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel vacuum-assisted hydraulic drum brakes. Duesenberg built only 38 superchargers, which were moved around to roughly 50 different chassis during the “factory era”. The Mars car, engine number J-553, is significant for having been supercharged from new and for being one of very few four-door “formal” cars that were so-equipped. More importantly, its styling cues would inspire future Bohman & Schwartz designs.
The car reportedly cost $20,000 new, which would put it in the realm of the most expensive Duesenberg ever built. It was finished in Chinchilla Grey, with fur carpeting in the rear passenger compartment and grey upholstery. The distinctive art deco interior design has delicate door moldings and plush rounded cushions. It was also equipped with Vogue Tires with double-sided whitewalls.
I am sure this car is going to bring more than the original selling price. More than likely in the millions because of its history and unique design. The ultimate SJ Duesenberg.