precise authenticity with modern upgrades

1933 Duesenberg
SJ BOATTAIL SPEEDSTER

DATE MFG: DECEMBER 17, 1980
MODEL: SJ BOATTAIL SPEEDSTER
J-NUMBER: J 118
MODEL PRODUCTION: #18 of 27
LOCATION: VOLO, IL
MILEAGE: 17,300
ENGINE: 7.5 LITER FORD V-8
TRANS: C-6 AUTO FORD

Official historian
This very special Duesenberg ll is from my father's personal collection. Volo Auto Museum also was the original dealership back in the 1970s and 80s for the Duesenberg lls. We have all six body styles that were built from 1977 to 2011 on display, of which none are for sale. This includes the masterpiece, the Duesenberg ll 20 grand sedan. The 20 grand cost $1.2 million to build this was the only one ever produced. A total of 67 Duesenberg lls were produced during the forty years of production.
My father bought out the entire office and parts after they closed in 2011. My father is the official historian of the Duesenberg ll automobile.
We rarely sell any of our Duesenberg lls. The last Duesenberg he sold was in 2009 to Warner Brothers. It was used in the movie, “the Great Gatsby” starring Leonardo Dicaprio. After the filming was over, Leonardo decided to keep the car. Most of these cars are in museums, overseas or in the hands of collectors that will never part with them.
All of my dad's Duesenberg lls have all of the updated modifications, including the original Duesenberg steering wheels and column.


Recent Upgrades To It's Authenticity:
Factory correct Duesenberg steering wheel on correct steering column with correct ignition. Correct pedals including a fake clutch pedal and chrome floor shifter to make it look like original manual 3-speed. Correct Duesenberg SJ exhaust tips. Has an original set of senior Trippe lights with the bubble levelers. Leather covers conceal the front coil springs. Pull style door handles were replaced with correct style.
Recent Improvement Modifications:
Freshly serviced air conditioning and heat, controls are concealed under the dash. Navigation and back up camera with disappearing screen. New high tech hidden stereo with remote and cd changer. Has tool kit, spare keys, manuals and all the original factory paperwork. In the original paper work from 1979, it states that the colors of this car are off an original 1932 Duesenberg, oyster over burnt orange.
Quote from Tex Smith of old cars weekly. “If you went back to 1932 and put a Duesenberg ll next to a Duesenberg, 98% chance they would take the Duesenberg ll over the original”.
most of the original parts, like steering wheel, steering columns are fabricated exclusively by the Volo Auto Museum at a great expense.
This car is being offered for $219,500. It's one of the most authentic Duesenberg ll in the world. It has been driven only 17,300 miles. Just completely serviced.

Original Appearance Items
• Full scale design – 153.5 wheelbase
• Full size Duesenberg headlamps with original glass lenses
• 8 4” flexible stainless steel side exhaust pipes
• Twin original type bugle horns chrome
• Original Duesenberg radiator grill with stainless shutter bars
• Original design, engine turned instrument panel with beveled crystal lenses and Duesenberg instruments
• Original style bumpers
• Original design, all leather interior
• Duesenberg floor shift lever
• Spacious interior with original size doors
• Spacious room in the back section for luggage and storage


STANDARD EQUIPMENT

• 460 CID 7.5 liter V-8 manufactured by Ford Motor Corp
• Automatic C-6 transmission manufactured by Ford Motor Corp
• Custom built full frame with rigid X-member
• Power brakes with front discs
• Power steering
• Twin I-beam front suspension
• Steel reinforced fiberglass body structure
• Genuine leather interior
• Hartz cloth convertible top
• Air conditioning
• Power side windows
• Cruise control
• 6 way power seat
• Convertible disappearing top
• Mechanical service and parts may be provided by any Ford or Lincoln dealer.

DUESENBERG MOTORS IS A REGISTERED TRADEMARK.
Over the years, many attempts have been made to recapture the magic of the Duesenberg name, yet the near-mythical style and engineering brilliance of the E. L. Cord days remained exlusive. Most of these attempts were half-baked concepts without the necessary funding to even reach production. But in the late 1970s, one company did manage to recapture some of that exlusive Duesenberg character.
The company, Dusenberg Motors, was founded by Richard Braund, a restoration specialist in Elroy, Wisconsin.
Mr Braund had vast experience in the classic car business and a great appreciation for the big pre-war classics, which sparked his idea for a proper revival of the Duesenberg name. While other attempts to revive the name resulted in gaudy neo-classics or poorly built fiberglass replica jokes, Duesenberg Motors' cars were exacting copies of the originals that rode on a bespoke chassis with Ford-derived suspension and running gear.
But what really set the Duesenberg Motors vehicles apart from “replicars” was their exceptional build quality and amazing accuracy. Each body style was precisely measured using an original example as a template and each car utilized high-quality Lincoln engines and specially built frames. The grills, bumpers and other details were expensive castings and the bodies were hand-finished and assembled by a team of craftsmen working at the Elroy plant.
These details meant the Duesenberg II was fabulously expensive. With all the grand looks of the original yet with easily serviced Ford running gear, these magnificent automobiles are genuine classics and real collector cars that are highly sought after. Most of the Duesenberg IIs are in museums, many owned by celebrities. Very rarely one comes up for sale. A total 0f 67 Duesenberg IIs were produced from 1977 to 2011. This is #18 of 27 speedsters built total.
THERE WAS USUALLY A 36 MONTH WAIT, if you wanted to own a Duesenberg II. If you wanted one sooner, you could buy out someone's contract. Customers were paying up to $500,000 just to get one without the wait.
Over 5,000 man hours and hand built craftmanship goes into every Duesenberg II.
Options and Accessories
  • Air conditioning
  • Power steering
  • Power disc brakes
  • Power windows
  • Power seat
  • Navigation
  • Hidden stereo
  • CD changer
  • Trippe lights
  • Leather upholstery
  • Tool kit
  • Manuals
  • Spare keys
  • Original literature
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