<b>1931 Auburn Model 8-98 Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. GU100CB<br />Engine no. GU100CB

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Lot 67
1931 Auburn Model 8-98 Cabriolet

Sold for US$ 38,080 inc. premium
1931 Auburn Model 8-98 Cabriolet
Chassis no. GU100CB
Engine no. GU100CB

268ci Lycoming Inline 8-Cylinder Engine
Single Carter Carburetor
98bhp at 3,200rpm
3-Speed Manual Transmission
Leaf Spring Suspension
4-Wheel Drum Brakes

*Desirable Auburn 8 in Cabriolet form with rumble seat
*Equipped with wire wheels and Trippe lights
*Exciting two-tone blue livery
*CCCA Full Classic®
*In a private California collection for 30 years


THE AUBURN AUTOMOBILE COMPANY

While the American automobile industry's development in its formative years had been guided by the typical inventor/engineer, its progress between the wars was shaped not so much by technicians as by entrepreneurs. One such businessman was Auburn boss Errett Lobban Cord, who once admitted to having made and lost $50,000 three times in the course of his business dealings, and all before reaching the age of 21!

When Cord joined Auburn as general manager in 1924 the company was in the doldrums, making more cars than it could sell and heading for bankruptcy. After some Cord-inspired restyling, Auburn sales picked up and the stage was set for the creation of a glorious new automotive empire.

The eight-cylinder Auburns were soon challenging Stutz for the accolade of 'America's fastest', Al Leamy driving an 8-115 Speedster at 108.46mph over the measured mile at Daytona in 1928 and going on to take the 24 hours record at Atlantic City Speedway. The 1931 model was the first of the sweeping fender, long hood Auburns, a design which was used through to 1933. The double-drop X braced frame allowed the overall height to be three inches lower than previous models, making open cars look more rakish and giving the closed Coupe, Sedan and Brougham a sinister but appealing look, particularly since the model shared the chassis, hood and front fenders with the Speedster.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Offered here is a lovely example of the 1931 Auburn 8-98 Cabriolet, featuring the Lycoming eight-cylinder engine putting out 98 horsepower. Little is known about the car's early history, but it is evident that some restoration work was performed in the past. The Cabriolet is nicely optioned with wire wheels, dual side mounted spares and two Trippe driving lamps. The two-tone blue over a blue interior suits the sporting Auburn well, and there is a rumble seat out back for a 3rd or 4th passenger. Because of the significance Auburns represent, all eight-cylinder examples are recognized as CCCA Full Classics® and are eligible for all events held by the Classic Car Club of America.

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<b>1931 Auburn Model 8-98 Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. GU100CB<br />Engine no. GU100CB
<b>1931 Auburn Model 8-98 Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. GU100CB<br />Engine no. GU100CB
<b>1931 Auburn Model 8-98 Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. GU100CB<br />Engine no. GU100CB
<b>1931 Auburn Model 8-98 Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. GU100CB<br />Engine no. GU100CB
<b>1931 Auburn Model 8-98 Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. GU100CB<br />Engine no. GU100CB
<b>1931 Auburn Model 8-98 Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. GU100CB<br />Engine no. GU100CB
<b>1931 Auburn Model 8-98 Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. GU100CB<br />Engine no. GU100CB
<b>1931 Auburn Model 8-98 Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. GU100CB<br />Engine no. GU100CB
<b>1931 Auburn Model 8-98 Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. GU100CB<br />Engine no. GU100CB
<b>1931 Auburn Model 8-98 Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. GU100CB<br />Engine no. GU100CB
<b>1931 Auburn Model 8-98 Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. GU100CB<br />Engine no. GU100CB
<b>1931 Auburn Model 8-98 Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. GU100CB<br />Engine no. GU100CB
<b>1931 Auburn Model 8-98 Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. GU100CB<br />Engine no. GU100CB
<b>1931 Auburn Model 8-98 Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. GU100CB<br />Engine no. GU100CB
<b>1931 Auburn Model 8-98 Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. GU100CB<br />Engine no. GU100CB
<b>1931 Auburn Model 8-98 Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. GU100CB<br />Engine no. GU100CB
<b>1931 Auburn Model 8-98 Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. GU100CB<br />Engine no. GU100CB
<b>1931 Auburn Model 8-98 Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. GU100CB<br />Engine no. GU100CB
<b>1931 Auburn Model 8-98 Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. GU100CB<br />Engine no. GU100CB
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