The Charlie Thomas Collection | Lot 180
1933 Auburn 8-105 Salon Phaeton Sedan
$81,400 USD | Sold
| Grapevine, Texas
20 October 2012
Model 8-105. 100 bhp, 268.6 cu. in. L-head inline eight-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission and Columbia electric overdrive, solid front axle and live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel vacuum-assisted hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 127 in.
By 1931, new Alan Leamy-designed eight-cylinder Auburns were selling for unheard-of bargain prices, ranging from $945 to $1,395. The cars were attractive, taking design cues from Cord’s long, low L-29, and sales increased even in the face of the deepening Depression. In 1933, a new Salon trim level was introduced for both twelve- and eight-cylinder cars, the latter now designated 8-105. Salon cars had painted grille bars, horns set low in the catwalk, new-design fenders, a front splash apron, and a gently-curved “wing spread” bumper.
Formerly in the famed John O’Quinn Collection, this car was the recipient of a complete restoration in the 1980s. It still presents well in two shades of green with a harmonizing green leather interior. The tan canvas top is of a more recent installation and has a matching boot cover. Auburns offered incredible value in 1933, and the same is true today.