19-20 January 2017
Duesenberg Murphy Towncar Model by Tom Miller
Sold for $25,875
Crafted by Tom Miller of Johnston, Pennsylvania, this beautiful and unique Murphy town car model reportedly took eight years to painstakingly create from scratch. All of the body and frame parts are hand-formed steel, which was painted using hand-finished lacquer in the traditional Duesenberg “sweep panel” color scheme. The engine is a faithful reproduction of the supercharged 320 horsepower SJ motor with dual overhead cams. All accessories are professionally chrome plated, including the headlamps, which are solid brass with custom poured plastic lenses. Dyed deerskin was used for the roof, trunk, and driver’s compartment upholstery, while the rear interior is upholstered in red velour, surrounded by genuine walnut garnish moldings and crystal bud vases.
Perhaps most remarkably, the wheels were hand-made from aluminum with stainless steel spokes and mounted with tires made from advertising ashtrays produced by high-end tire companies during the Classic Era. Thus, the tires are miniatures of what would have been used on a Duesenberg “back in the day!”
This fascinating and remarkably detailed piece of art will look right at home in a new owner’s collection, perhaps alongside a full-size Model J!