Auburn Fall | Lot 6147
1970 Auburn 866 Speedster by Glenn Pray
$63,000 USD | Sold
| Auburn, Indiana
5 September 2020
- ‘Second-generation’ Auburn by Glenn Pray
- Bodywork molded from original Auburn 851 panels
- Desirable early sequence car; chassis no. 19
- 429 cu. in. big-block Ford V-8; four-speed manual transmission
- Stunning red over dark red interior
- Wide whitewall tires with classic chromed disc wheel covers
Though the Auburn Automobile Company stopped producing cars in 1937, it soon after entered the portfolio of Dallas Winslow, who proceeded to operate the organization as a parts supplier and restorer for the otherwise “orphaned” base of Auburn, Cord, and Duesenberg owners. Winslow retained the original Auburn administrative building, tooling, and many of the company’s original employees for over twenty years, until the company and assets were sold to Glenn Pray and moved to Broken Arrow, Oklahoma in 1960.
Pray’s vision for the Auburn Automobile Company was one in which the marque was not merely a restorer and custodian of existing chassis, but also a fabricator of new coachbuilt cars. In 1967, Pray unveiled the 866 Speedster—positioned philosophically as a “second generation” of the original 851 Speedster, now utilizing Ford mechanicals, with bodywork provided by molds taken from an original 851 chassis.
As just the 19th of 138 “new” Auburns to be completed between 1967 and 1981, this example was delivered new to Bob Butterfield, a close friend—and ardent proselytizer—of Pray and his automobile company. Presented in a stunning red over red color combination, this 866 Speedster is comfortably equipped with air conditioning, power steering, a Sony audio system, AM/FM radio, and air horns.
Chassis 19 is powered by a 360 horsepower, 429 cubic inch big-block Ford V-8 engine paired to a Ford four-speed manual transmission—an especially rare combination, as early 866 production saw most orders fulfilled with a three-speed manual or two-speed automatic. This desirable and powerful drivetrain, while relatively modern compared to the car’s styling, perfectly fits the sporty boattail attitude that made the original 851 so instantly famous. Bespoke whitewall tires are mounted to a set of correct-style wheels with chrome covers, completing the look.
Chassis 19 was a mainstay at ACD events throughout the country during the course of Mr. Butterfield’s long-term ownership. This is an exciting opportunity to own an early and well-equipped Auburn 866 Speedster.