The rare 1935 Duesenberg SSJ has recently earned the title of most expensive American car to be sold at auction. It sold for an amazing $ 22,000,000 at the Gooding & Company auction during the 2018 Monterey Car Week, which is 60 percent more than the former most expensive US car, CSX 2000.
The vehicle itself was one of only two SSJ- models ever built, owned by Hollywood actors Clark Gable and Gary Cooper. SSJ that was sold was previously owned by Gary Cooper, according to Hagerty . Cooper later sold the car to the American racing car driver Briggs Cunningham.
When SSJ was released, it cost about $ 5,000, which was considerably cheaper than the typical Duesenberg J which returned to three times as much. At that time, the car manufacturer was struggling, so SSJ was brought to the Hollywood elite in an attempt to increase the company's popularity.
When Duesenberg was brought into the auction tent, the audience knew that this car was the one to look at. Within minutes, the bid was $ 1
When the prize reached 13 million dollars, two telemarketers went back and forth until bidding stopped at $ 20 million, according to Hagerty .
After the buyer's 10 percent premium was billed, SSJ totaled $ 22 million. SSJ also has the title of most expensive pre-war car ever sold.
Duesenberg SSJ was not the only car to break records in the 2018 Monterey Car Week. The event also included the auction of a Ferrari 250 GTO that broke the world record for the most expensive car ever sold at auction.