1935 Duesenberg Model J Judkins Special Berline

Buy 1935 Duesenberg Model J Judkins Special Berline | Classic Duesenberg For Sale | Hyman Classic Car Dealer

A rare opportunity to acquire a magnificent Duesenberg J, restored to world-class standards and subtly upgraded for outstanding on-road performance.

We are thrilled to present this stunning 1935 Duesenberg Model J Special Berline. This gorgeous long-wheelbase Model J, serial number 2557, retains its original engine; number J-540. The original and elegant coachwork is by J.B. Judkins Co. of Amesbury, Massachusetts. Judkins bodies are most commonly attributed with Lincoln chassis, though the firm was quite well-known for fitting a number of bodies to Duesenberg, Packard and Pierce-Arrow chassis among others. Judkins’ specialty was in closed cars, and their craftsmanship and finely judged style was highly regarded by manufacturers and wealthy clientele alike. According to records, J-540 was originally delivered to Mrs. William W. Willock of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Syossett, New York on May 9, 1935. It passed through just four subsequent owners before finding its way to the most recent caretaker who set about restoring the car to its former beauty.

A comprehensive, fully researched restoration was performed by Fran Roxas at Vintage Motor Group in Chicago over the span of two years. During that time, the correct original colors and interior materials were discovered, and J-540 was subsequently returned to its striking original two-tone brown livery, topped by a brown leatherette roof. The sophisticated style of the Judkins body features rather handsome skirted fenders as well as a unique split windscreen and dual side-mount spare wheels. Blackwall Dunlop tires on 17-inch chrome wheels add just a hint of sporting appeal to this otherwise formal design. The presentation is magnificent, and the quality of the finish work is truly outstanding, as one would come to expect from such a high-level restoration by a marque expert. Since its exceptional restoration it remains in stunning order, having been shown in numerous prestigious events. In more recent years, J-540 has been used on the road and always maintained in top order…………………………

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