The Auburn Auction

Lot 15
1933 Auburn Salon Eight Convertible Sedan

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1933 Auburn Salon Eight Convertible Sedan


• Most Elegant Open Car Award Winner at the 2013 Milwaukee Concours
• Full and authentic restoration
• Driven only 40 miles since completion

268.6 cid L-head inline eight-cylinder engine rated at 100 HP, three-speed manual transmission and Columbia two-speed rearend, solid front axle and live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel brakes; wheelbase: 127Ē

Errett Lobban Cord was a man with the golden touch who was always seeking a taller mountain to climb. Whether it was driving a racecar, working as a mechanic, selling cars, building airplanes, developing real estate, or working in the Nevada State Legislature, Cord was a man who did everything to the highest level. Indeed, Cord approached everything he did with bravado and gusto and when he took over the ailing Auburn Automobile Company in 1923 no one could have known that in just a few years he would own a controlling interest in a company that would go on to define the very magnificence of the American automobile. In fact, the cars built by his Auburn, Cord, Duesenberg Empire still reign supreme as some of the most beautiful creations to ever ply the road. Built during the Golden Age of the motorcar, these were cars of class and prestige that spoke volumes in high society. Simply put, oneís arrival to a societal event in an Auburn, Cord, or Duesenberg meant one had arrived in style.

The flamboyancy of Cordís vision is nicely displayed here in this 1933 Auburn Salon Eight Convertible Sedan. Finished in a beautiful two-tone green, the lines of the car literally define the Golden Age of the motorcar. Large headlamps and dual horns set off the imposing front-end and, while other manufacturers were content with a straight bumper, this Auburn uses an extravagantly styled front bumper complete with the Auburn 8 logo highlighted in the center. The special design of Auburnís Salon Convertible Sedan is found in the body belt line that is considerably lower at the rear quarters, thereby allowing the top to fold lower into the car and vastly improving its appearance in its convertible form. The Salon's look is also improved by a less squared rear corner at the top, improving its roof line.

This Auburn has undergone a two-year restoration that has returned it to like-new factory condition. Before the restoration was started, a painstaking research effort was undertaken in order to confirm the authentication of a correct factory Auburn Salon. This resulted in several years spent sourcing the correct parts including the hubcaps that are unique to the Salon. So precise is this restoration that even the correct rear taillight lens was located. Most important is that the removal of the paint revealed the original factory colors of Mountain Green and Mountain Green Light, the very same colors it wears today. The interior is finished in two-tone green leather that perfectly complements the exterior colors and accentuates Auburnís center mounted and engine turned gauge cluster. All gauges are clean and clear, and all interior components are finished to perfection. Additionally, the green Stayfast convertible top and matching top boot creates a pleasing visual harmony. Power comes from Auburnís 268.6 cubic-inch L-head inline eight-cylinder engine that easily allows for highway cruising thanks to a Columbia two-speed rear axle. This Auburn rides on rare chrome plated factory accessory artillery wheels with wide whitewall tires. The engine compartment is nicely detailed with correct colors, wiring, and hose clamps. In the interest of authenticity, all tags on this car are factory-correct and have been with it since new. This Auburn won the Most Elegant Open Car when it made its debut at the 2013 Milwaukee Concours and has been driven only 40 miles since.

The cars of the Auburn, Cord, Duesenberg empire will forever reign supreme as the very best from the Golden Age of the motorcar. Long wheelbases, powerful engines, and style beyond compare are just a few of the hallmarks that define these great cars. This Salon Convertible Sedan, with its bold colors and beautiful restoration, is a car that is welcome at any concours event and offers all the amenities of an open car while still offering the all-weather protection of a closed car. Quite simply, the Auburn Eight Salon is a car that combines the excellence of fine engineering with some of the best styling ever created in an American automobile.

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