Auburn Eight Salon Convertible Sedan

Auburn’s success is attributed to Errett Lobban Cord, whose first order of business at the company was sprucing up the accumulated inventory of unsold cars with bright paint jobs and nickel trim and selling all of them. He also bought some eight-cylinder engines from Lycoming Manufacturing Company and for 1925 introduced the Auburn 8-63 and 8-88 with prices starting at $1,895, quite a bargain for an eight-cylinder car. By 1926, Cord was president of the company and held a controlling interest. He readied new models and positioned Auburn as a performance car at a low price, which further enhanced sales.

For 1932, Cord and his Auburn team came up with a V-12 engine as well as a Columbia two-speed rear axle, enabling a choice of drive ratios, effectively six speeds ahead. Eight-cylinder cars continued to be offered. In 1933, a new Salon trim level was introduced for both the Twelve and eight-cylinder cars, the latter now designated 8-105. Salon cars had painted grille bars, horns set low in the catwalk, new-design fenders, a front splash apron and a gently-curved “wing spread” bumper.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2011 at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pennsylvania and in March of 2012 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.

100 bhp, 268.6 cu. in. L-head inline eight-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission and Columbia electric overdrive, solid front axle and live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel vacuum-assisted hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 127"

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel

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