1933 Auburn 8-105 Salon Phaeton 

1933 Auburn 8-105 Salon Phaeton

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To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys' Auburn Fall event, 3 - 5 September 2020.
Estimate:
$125,000 - $150,000


100-horsepower Lycoming L-head inline-eight
Desirable “Salon” specification
Two-speed rear axle
High level nut-and-bolt restoration
Long-term single-family ownership from 1955 until recently sold
Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) Full Classic

This 1933 Auburn 8-105 Salon is an outstanding example of the breed, featuring gorgeous open four-door Phaeton coachwork by Auburn’s in-house coachbuilders, Limousine Body Company. This handsome and desirable Auburn spent nearly six decades with the late Mr. Hilyard Barr, who purchased it in 1955 in an untouched, unrestored state. Years later, he commissioned Murray Motor Car of Monroe, Washington to perform a body-off, nut-and-bolt restoration to show-quality standards. An extensive album of photos shows the car was remarkably complete when it arrived in the hands of the Murray brothers. The meticulous restoration is finished in a striking, two-tone tan and brown livery. Bright red wheels and coach stripes complement the color choice beautifully, bringing out the red hue in the fenders and body lines for a striking, cohesive appearance. As a high-line Salon model, the body features dual covered side-mount spares topped with Auburn mirrors, double chrome trumpet horns, a trunk with a canvas cover to match the top, folding windscreen, and chrome trim rings on the wheels. After Mr. Barr’s passing in 2007, his family continued to care for the car, only recently parting with it.

Inside, brown leather upholstery is accented with dark brown piping and accent panels. The leather and carpets are in superb order and beautifully maintained. Rear passengers enjoy a spacious bench with built-in armrests and a chromed robe rail. While the term “phaeton” typically applies to a sporty open car with side curtains, Auburn’s interpretation features roll-up glass windows and weather-tight folding canvas top, making it a superb choice for long-distance touring.

Photos show the engine and three-speed gearbox were completely rebuilt, and recent servicing ensures the driveline remains in top order. The engine is highly detailed with proper green engine paint, black enamel manifolds, authentic hardware, wiring, and plumbing. The impressive attention to detail continues underneath the car, which is exceptionally clean from front to rear.

As one of only a handful of known survivors from a total output of just 4,815 cars in 1933, this 8-105 Salon Phaeton would be a welcome sight in any number of shows and concours. It is a Classic Car Club of America Full Classic, eligible for their CARavan tours, and would be a superb touring companion thanks to its powerful engine, overdrive axle, and versatile all-weather coachwork. A beautiful car with an outstanding restoration, this Auburn is ready to bring joy to its next long-term custodian.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/af20.

Reference Number 622935

as of 9/28/2020

Dealer
 

Lot 6136

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