Official Release Date: September 25th 2015 // Images
It has been said that, in its day, nothing could pass a
Duesenberg. With its 420 cubic-inch displacement 6.9L straight-eight sporting double
overhead cams and 4 valves per cylinder, the Model J mustered 265 horsepower –
enough to make it the fastest, most powerful and most expensive American car,
capable of 120 mph in an era when 100 was unheard of. That was before Fred
Duesenberg fitted it with a supercharger, upping output to 320 hp and creating
the 140 mph SJ—the most potent performance automobile in the world. It would be
his final, fateful creation, as he died later that year from injuries sustained
in a crash while testing a Murphy-bodied SJ convertible.
All Duesenbergs were exclusive, but the short-wheelbase models wearing torpedo
convertible coupe bodies built by Walter M. Murphy Company were most coveted,
numbering just six. Known for its boat-tail shape and its signature polished
aluminum rear deck that swallowed the convertible top when lowered, the
Murphy-bodied J was as opulent as it was expensive, $15,000 estimated price. It
was the most of everything one could want in an automobile.
To celebrate this superior piece of automotive art, Automodello has created the
Murphy J ‘Torpedo’ convertible in 1:43 scale. The standard edition—Museum
Edition with production up to 999—will come in green, matching the car on
display at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum. This red Tribute
Edition represents the car on display in the Martin Museum and is
limited to just 85.
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This model is eligible for Diecasm's exclusive Automodello for 3 payment plan.