Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Walter M. Murphy Coach Coachbuilder/Sales Plates

Pasadena, California’s Walter M. Murphy Company is primarily remembered today for their magnificent creations on the Duesenberg chassis.

Records indicate that Murphy built 125 Duesenberg bodies - about 25% of all the Model J's, JN's, SJ's and SSJ's produced - and as a very high proportion of the automaker’s cars still exist, so do a large proportion of Murphy’s coachwork.

Murphy is known to have built on Bentley, Bugatti, Buick, Cadillac, Cord, Crane-Simplex, Doble, Dorris, Duesenberg, Essex, Ford, Hispano-Suiza, Hudson, Isotta- Fraschini, Lincoln, Locomobile, Marmon, Mercedes-Benz, Mercer, Minerva, Packard, Peerless, Pierce-Arrow, Rolls-Royce, and Simplex chassis.

Although it was formed in 1920, the firm’s roots go back another 20 years to two of Detroit’s early automotive pioneers, Henry M. Leland and Henry Ford.

The Walter M. Murphy sold-badge on the right hand side is just one of many memorabilia badges that is offered for sale at along with an old RAC Badge from the UK. The picture on the right hand side is two Murphy Coach coachbuilder/sales plates which went on each chassis which was sold by the company.

Also on the right hand side is a picture of a collection of 54 British Auto and Motorcycle Club Badges which has a rich and noble history in car memorabilia.

There is a rich history behind most automobile memorabilia badges. Just look it up on the internet for an affluent history of car badges.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Jacques Vaucher was schooled at Winfield France's famous racing school. Jacques found his niche in touring car endurance championships in the US and produced winning results in Limerock and Watkins Glen. He has been in automobile memorabilia for 30 years with galleries in New York and now Harper, Texas. His main site is and his auction site is His blog is

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