Auburn 8-100A Custom Cabriolet lot still available at Worldwide Aucioneers

Auburn 8-100A Custom Cabriolet lot still available at Worldwide Aucioneers

One of the great cars of the Classic Era
Attractive restoration in elegant colors
Equipped with its original body, engine, and serial number tag
Veteran of the CCCA Grand European CARavan
CCCA Full Classic® and 2022 AACA Junior Award winner


Serial No: 8-100A 10443 F

 

The 1932 Auburn featured a 100-horsepower, 268.6-cubic-inch L-head inline eight-cylinder engine with single two-barrel Schebler carburetor and Steeldraulic drum brakes. The eight-cylinder Auburns were soon challenging Stutz for the accolade of 'America's fastest' with Al Leamy driving an 8-115 Speedster at 108.46 mph over the measured mile at Daytona in 1928 and going on to take the 24 hours record at Atlantic City Speedway. Not only were they outstanding performers, the eight-cylinder Auburns also represented exceptional value for the money; at $1,395, the top-of-the-range '31 Speedster was less than half the price of the equivalent Stutz. "More car for the money than the public has ever seen," enthused Business Week magazine.

 

At the height of the Classic Era, few automobiles provided such affordable elegance as the Auburn. Particularly desirable are the 1932 and 1933 models, which combined the classic, subtle elegance of Alan Leamy's design with the new "Dual Ratio" rear axle. This feature offered the driver a choice of high or low ratio in any of the three forward gears, which were selectable by adjusting a lever while driving below 40 mph. It functioned by operating a vacuum-actuated clutch that locked or released a planetary gear set that was housed in the rear differential, creating the two possible output ratios and, in essence, a very rudimentary six-speed transmission. Eight-cylinder Auburns with Dual Ratio rears are among the most pleasurable driving cars of their time and, today, they represent an outstanding performance bargain, just as they did when new.

 

This striking 8-100A Cabriolet was once part of Ron Pratte's well-known Arizona collection of rare cars before being acquired by the Guyton Collection in 2007. Mr. Guyton chose this Auburn to participate in a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, the Grand European CARavan, a month-long tour of Europe hosted by the Classic Car Club of America. Mr. Guyton's handwritten packing lists for the journey accompanies the car, noting all the parts and tools that had to be carried to the Old World, as well as mechanical preparations made by Odyssey Restorations. He and his longtime friend, Bill Davis, much enjoyed the trip which Mr. Guyton faithfully documented by photographs; a professionally published hardcover book of these photos, many of which feature the Auburn, is included in the file. Following the tour, the car was cosmetically freshened and returned to his collection.

 

In 2019, the car was acquired by another collector who toured the car and maintained it to a very high level over the last five years. The car has been so well-maintained it earned the prestigious AACA Junior Award in 2022. The 8-100A Cabriolet is a desirable Custom model, equipped from the factory with the Dual Ratio rear axle, chromed headlights, driving lights, and "Running Man" hood ornament and is still equipped with its original body, engine, and serial number tag on the floorboard. The car presents well with a highly attractive and charming older restoration and features such as painted wire wheels, blackwall tires and a lack of extraneous accessories that are much en vogue with today's collectors and enthusiasts. In addition to the aforementioned file, this fine example is also offered with a copy of the Auburn Factory Service Bulletins for 1931-1933, which will aid a new owner in maintaining it at its very best well into the future.

 

A striking example with excellent history and proven award and tour record, this Auburn presents a wonderful opportunity for enthusiasts and collectors from coast to coast.

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