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Walter M. Murphy Company Coachbuilders

Pictures of cars with custom coachwork built by Walter M. Murphy Company Coachbuilders of Pasadena, California.

Walter M. Murphy Company Coachbuilders
Walter M. Murphy Company Coachbuilders

Walter M. Murphy Company Coachbuilders Pictures

1930 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe
1930 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe
Auction 2009
$1,072,500
1929 Duesenberg Model J-200 Murphy Convertible Coupe
1929 Duesenberg Model J-200 Murphy Convertible Coupe
1930 Duesenberg Model J-347 Murphy Dual-Cowl Phaeton
1930 Duesenberg Model J-347 Murphy Dual-Cowl Phaeton
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy Convertible Sedan
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy Convertible Sedan
1931 Duesenberg Model J Murphy Convertible Coupe
1931 Duesenberg Model J Murphy Convertible Coupe
1932 Duesenberg Model J-476 Murphy Torpedo Convertible Coupe
1932 Duesenberg Model J-476 Murphy Torpedo Convertible Coupe
1932 Duesenberg J Murphy Convertible Sedan
1932 Duesenberg J Murphy Convertible Sedan
1932 Duesenberg Murphy Convertible Sedan
1932 Duesenberg Murphy Convertible Sedan
1934 Duesenberg Model J Murphy Dual-Cowl Phaeton
1934 Duesenberg Model J Murphy Dual-Cowl Phaeton
1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe
1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe
Auction 2005
$825,000
1930 Duesenberg Model J Sport Berline
1930 Duesenberg Model J Sport Berline
Auction 2010
$1,705,000
1932 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe
1932 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe
Auction 2010
$825,000

Walter M. Murphy Company Coachbuilders

Walter M. Murphy Company
Pasadena California

Associated initially with Packards, Murphy built bodies that suited the California tastes of the time. They were simple and elegant, with trim lines and an undeniable sporting character. Murphy bodies seemed all the more revolutionary when compared to their contemporaries from the East Coast, who built heavier, more ornate designs.

The trademark of Murphy body design was the "clear vision" pillar. The windshield pillars were designed to be as slim as possible, creating a sportier, more open appearance, while improving visibility for the driver. In fact, Murphy advertised that their windshield pillars were "narrower than the space between a man's eyes", a design they claimed eliminated blind spots.

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