1932 Auburn 8-100 Custom Cabriolet SOLD
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ESTIMATE: $100,000 - $140,000

$93,500 Sold

100bhp. 268 cu. in. Lycoming straight eight-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission with dual-ratio rear axle and hydraulic four-wheel drum brakes with freewheeling. Wheelbase: 127"

During the height of the classic automobile era, few companies could match the elegance and style of the E.L. Cord motoring empire, manufacturer of the esteemed Cords and Duesenbergs. Alongside these venerable names stood another equally worthy marque ľ Auburn.

The Auburns of the 1931 to 1933 period are among the most stylish and sporty cars of their time and, with the addition of a dual ratio in 1932, these rare models are considered the most desirable of the series.

Dual-Ratio offered drivers the choice of a high or low variant of any of the three forward gears. In essence this created a very rudimentary, and possibly the earliest, six-speed transmission. By adjusting a lever mounted on the steering wheel, the driver could select high or low range as long as the car was moving at speeds lower than 40 miles per hour. The system functioned via a vacuum-actuated clutch that locked or released a planetary gear set housed in the rear differential, which created the two possible output ratios.

In 1932, E.L. Cord was featured on the cover of Time Magazine. It was a tribute to the success he had achieved by seizing the Depression as an opportunity to sell better automobiles at a lower price than his competitors. Over 1,000 new dealers joined the company between 1929 and 1931, enabling the company to rise to 13th in national sales. Despite this success, fortune would quickly turn, forcing the company to cease production in 1936.

The 1932 Auburn 8-100 Custom Cabriolet presented here is finished in the gorgeous color combination of dark red and silver with a burgundy leather interior. The Auburn is fully restored to concours quality condition and has only had three owners since new. Powered by the Lycoming straight-eight cylinder engine mated to a three- speed manual transmission and the very desirable dual-ratio rear end, the car is reported to be a fine driving example, having recently completed a CCCA Caravan tour. In addition to touring, the Auburn has competed in concours events, becoming a first place winner in international competition. Immaculately restored to its original beauty, this car is ready to drive and show anywhere.

Reference Number 5803

as of 1/9/2007

Car 1932 Auburn 8-100 Custom Cabriolet
VIN 8100A10443F 
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