Lot 159

Hershey 2015

1932 Auburn Eight Custom Cabriolet


$110,000 USD | Sold

United States | Hershey, Pennsylvania



Engine No.
GU 72126
  • Restored in elegant, correct colors
  • Rare rear-mounted spare and wooden artillery wheels
  • Numerous desirable accessories and options
  • CCCA Full Classic

100 bhp, 268.6 cu. in. L-head inline eight-cylinder engine with single two-barrel Schebler carburetor and Startix system, three-speed manual transmission with Dual Ratio two-speed rear axle, solid front and live rear axles with semi-elliptical leaf springs, and four-wheel Steeldraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 127 in.

At the height of the Classic Era, few automobiles provided such affordable elegance as the Auburn. Particularly desirable are the 1932 and 1933 models, which combined the classic, subtle elegance of Alan Leamy’s design with the new “Dual Ratio” rear axle. This feature offered the driver a choice of high or low ratio in any of the three forward gears, which were selectable by adjusting a lever while driving below 40 mph.

It functioned by operating a vacuum-actuated clutch that locked or released a planetary gear set that was housed in the rear differential, creating the two possible output ratios and, in essence, a very rudimentary six-speed transmission. Eight-cylinder Auburns with Dual Ratio rears are among the most pleasurable driving cars of their time, and today, they represent an outstanding performance bargain, just as they did when new.

The Auburn Eight Convertible Coupe offered here was restored several years ago. Equipped with the desirable chromed headlights, cowl lights, and a Flying Lady radiator mascot, as well as the Dual Ratio rear axle, it also sports the unusual rear-mounted spare and wooden artillery wheels.

The restoration remains highly attractive, with a beautiful finish in Old Ivory and No. 4 Red, which is a correct color scheme for that year, and an elegant tan leather interior that is tight, fresh, and in the proper pattern. The iconic 1932 dashboard insert is crisp and sparkling and surrounds correct instruments with clear faces. That the car is so well preserved is no surprise, as it has reportedly been driven only 640 miles at the time of cataloguing.

Eight-cylinder Auburns are renowned for their superb performance and almost modern drivability, which is why so many Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club members love to drive them. This car would be ideal for ACD Club, CCCA, and of course AACA events, or for continued showing by a proud new owner.