Auburn Custom Twelve Phaeton Sedan
Auburn turned the industry on its ear with a new V12 for 1932. Designed by chief engineer George Kublin, it utilized a narrow, 45-degree vee with horizontal valves in the heads, operated by a single camshaft through rockers. It developed 160 bhp from 391 cubic inches, more efficient than Packard or Lincoln. Priced from $1,105, it was an incredible bargain.
The interior is upholstered in brown leather, contrasting nicely with the tan carpets. The seats, in fact, are in excellent condition, the dashboard is tidy and the damascened instrument panel is exceptionally elegant. The instruments themselves are in excellent condition, and the odometer currently shows 2,025 miles, which may well be the mileage accumulated since restoration. A Philco accessory radio is fitted, installed under the dashboard with the control head on the steering column.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in July of 2010 at the Shotwell Gustafson Pavilion at Meadow Brook Hall, Rochester, Michigan.
160 bhp, 391.6 cu. in. horizontal-valve V12 engine with 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: 133"
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel