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Auburn on the Block

Russo and Steele Auction Highlight

Larry Jewett - December 30, 2013 08:00 AM

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Russo and Steele's 14th annual Scottsdale Arizona Auction will be January 15-19 with many quality vehicles looking for new homes.
This 1933 Auburn 8-105 Boattail Speedster, finished in Periwinkle Blue and white, has a 268.6 cubic inch inline eight-cylinder engine rated at 100 horsepower, coupled to a three-speed manual transmission with vacuum two-speed rear axle and four-wheel drum brakes with a 127-inch wheelbase. These were extremely well designed cars, known for their Art Deco design, and built with the best engineering and craftsmanship.
They are distinguishable for their stylized fenders and lighting. Only 259 were produced, of which 129 were Cabriolets. This one has been described as a very dependable touring car. It sports an older high-quality restoration of its original Auburn chassis, engine, and original body that was restyled from the cowl back by Glenn Pray, the designer and builder of the Auburn 866 Speedster. Since that time, the car has been immaculately preserved and well maintained. Accessories include a rare factory tachometer, wooden artillery wheels, a very early turn signal conversion correct to the period and the black disappearing convertible lop. The detailed engine compartment houses the correct original 268.6 cubic-inch Lycoming 100-hp straight engine and Bijur central lubrication system.
The car is consignment number 7175 for Russo and Steele 14th annual Scottsdale Arizona Auction.

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