From a prominent European Collection,1912 Auburn Model 30L Speedster  Chassis no. TBA

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Lot 555¤
From a prominent European Collection, 1912 Auburn Model 30L Speedster
Chassis no. TBA

Sold for US$ 49,500 inc. premium
From a prominent European Collection
1912 Auburn Model 30L Speedster
Chassis no. TBA
323ci Rutenberg L-head Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Updraft carburetor
30bhp (rated)
3-speed manual transmission
Front Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs and Rear axle with ¾ Elliptical Leaf Springs
Rear-Wheel Mechanical Drum Brakes

*Super sporty looks
*Rare centerlock wire wheels
*Powerful motor in a lightweight chassis
*A great name with excellent club support
*From a prominent collection

The Model 30

Today the Auburn name is most associated with its flamboyant speedsters of the late 20s and 30s and its association with the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Corporation. To ignore its early years would be to dismiss some of the more interesting and clever products the Indiana manufacturer produced.

Auburn began production in 1900 and built singles and twins exclusively until 1909. The big twin was particularly impressive making 24hp. In 1909 the first of the fours were introduced and they would become the foundation for the new models going forward.

The Model 30L was the smallest chassis offered and was reserved for the sporty two-seat models and the compact four-passenger tourer. The 112" chassis was 8" shorter than a Stutz Bearcat and offered nimble handling and light weight.

The Motorcar Offered

This sharp little speedster has real eye appeal. The businesslike bodywork has 'speed' written all over it—further enhanced by the great set of wire wheels. This Auburn is not all looks though—under the hood is an impressive thirty horse power four-cylinder – not far behind the Mercer. The combination of spare coachwork, light wheels, and strong engine make for very sporty machine that would be great fun on HCCA tours.

One could rightfully look at this machine as the direct heir to the famous Auburn Speedster. The intentions are very much the same – lots of looks and performance without having a ridiculous price tag.

This example was acquired by a major European collection in the 1980s and has been on public display ever since. The car has been brought out for exercise occasionally and it is said to be in fine running order. The striking gray and red livery complements the sporty lines of the Auburn well and its cosmetics, despite being restored years ago, look fresh today.

This is one of the very few early four-cylinder Auburns surviving today. In such an appealing configuration, it would be great fun to own and enjoy. Because of its age and make, it has the backing of both the Horseless Carriage Club of America and the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club for support.

Without reserve

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the correct chassis number for this vehicle is 9699 and its title is in transit.
From a prominent European Collection,1912 Auburn Model 30L Speedster  Chassis no. TBA
From a prominent European Collection,1912 Auburn Model 30L Speedster  Chassis no. TBA
From a prominent European Collection,1912 Auburn Model 30L Speedster  Chassis no. TBA
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