Classic Car Collection of Hollywood Legend James Cagney

By Simon Boseman

Published January 4, 2024

Classic Car Collection of Hollywood Legend James Cagney

James Cagney was one of those celebs who received a star on the Hollywood walk of fame at 6504 Hollywood 6504. We believe his fans still remember him for this fame. He earned sufficient wealth in his career by acting in more than 30 movies. Being one of the richest actors of his time, it was nothing unusual for the Hollywood legend to build sufficient assets during his lifetime. Primarily earning his wealth from acting, the actor had owned Martha’s Vineyard estate house for himself, which has been recently sold in $1.4million to two restaurateurs. The celebrity is also known for his interest in cars, as he had a 1931 Duesenberg Model J Dietrich Convertible Sedan, a 1961 Bentley S2 salon, 1934 Auburn 1250 salon cabriolet in his collection. 

3. 1934 Auburn 1250 salon cabriolet

James Cagney was one of those celebrities from the Golden era who had a taste for some of the exotic cars of his time. We believe, having a 1934 Auburn salon 1250 cabriolet in his car store justifies the fact. The car’s 17” chrome wire wheels with Firestone whitewall tires were some excellent examples of the brand's brilliant craftsmanship.


The car used to have a dual-ratio rear axle which the Columbia Axle designed. The respective automotive brand also added leaf springs with sliding covers to ensure a quiet lubrication effect. The car was also equipped with four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes too. The A.C.D.-certified car also had one-of-one rear-mounted spare tires.

1934 Auburn 1250 salon Cabriolet Specs
Powertrain319 cu-in. V12
Horsepower160 hp
Transmission3-speed manual transmission
0-60 mph-
Top Speed100 mph

The 1250 cabriolet had a 319 cu-in. V12 engine, equipped with 160 hp and a 3-speed manual transmission. The car had a maximum speed of 100 mph. However, the car was sold back in an auction organized by Auburn in 2008. 

2. 1931 Duesenberg Model J Dietrich Convertible Sedan

We believe 1934 Duesenberg Model J Dietrich convertible sedan still reminds the memory of her late owner James Cagney who was once pictured in front of Chicago museum. The iconic picture refreshes the memory of the legendary actor’s fans who still remember him today along with his favorite car. As a car lover, he had this 1931 Dueseberg model in his collection till his death.


The car has been preserved to date. We believe the 4-door 5-passenger convertible sedan had been his companion for a long time. The car was a minimal production from the brand and Cagney was lucky enough to have one of their products in his collection. The 142.5” inches wheelbase of the car weighed around 5269 pounds, back then.

1931 Duesenberg Model J Dietrich Convertible sedan Specs 
Powertrain6.9 liter Straight 8
Horsepower265 hp
Transmission3-speed transmission
0-60 mph-
Top Speed91 mph

The car was equipped with a 6.9 liter straight 8 engine and had a 265 hp with a 3-speed transmission. According to the manufacturers, the car could reach a top speed of 91 mph.

1. 1961 Bentley S2 salon

Bentley has been manufacturing some of the best vehicles on earth from quite long for its limited number of customers. We believe, James Cagney was one of those Hollywood celebrities from the Golden era who was lucky to have an S2 in his collection.


The 1961 Bentley S2 salon was a facelifted version of the Bentley S1 models which were in production until 1959. The 57 long wheelbases of the S2 saloon with 2 doors, popularly fetched the car a reputation as a ‘young limousine’ back at that time. However, the car was later sold for $64,000 in a dealership, long after his death somewhat around 2000.

1961 Bentley S2 salon Specs 
PowertrainRolls-Royce - Bentley L Series V8
Horsepower200 hp
Torque339 lb-ft
Transmission4-speed automatic
0-60 mph12.1 seconds
Top Speed113 mph

The 1961 Bentley S2 had a Rolls Royce Bentley L Series V8 powertrain, with a 4-speed automatic transmission. The car was known to reach 0-60 mph in just 12.1 seconds. The top speed of the vehicle was 113 mph. Unfortunately, it's difficult to estimate the exact price that James paid for acquiring the car. According to the courses, the S2 saloon was a retirement gift to the legend from a film studio.

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