Arizona | Lot 169
1929 Auburn 120 Eight Cabriolet
$51,520 USD | Sold
| Phoenix, Arizona
16 January 2020
- Offered from its owner since 1978
- Handsome older restoration in elegant period-correct colors
- Rare Alan Leamy–designed body style on the “Big Eight” chassis
- Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) Full Classic
Fabled Indiana automaker Auburn offered several engine options in 1929, led by the 120 or so-called “Big Eight,” named for the horsepower rating of its 268 cu. in. inline eight-cylinder engine. The 120 was available in several different body styles, drawn by Alan Leamy and reminiscent of the creations of California coachbuilder Murphy. This included a subtle beltline reveal molding flowing into the hood line, accentuating the popular two-tone color schemes. Underneath was surprisingly advanced for an upper-mid-priced car of the period, including Lockheed hydraulic brakes at all four wheels, a Bijur centralized chassis lubrication system, and hydraulic shock absorbers.
The example offered here, reportedly one of only three “Big Eight” cabriolets extant, was acquired by the current owner in 1977, who subsequently fully restored the Auburn with the help of knowledgeable friends in the classic car hobby. They were careful to use all of its original components and sheet metal, while strengthening the body with new wood framing. In 2010 it was refinished in the year-correct Auburn colors of Catseye Gray and Myrtle Green, with Navahoe Red wire wheels shod in wide whitewall tires, green leather upholstery, and a tan cloth top. Stylish and well-accessorized, this example features dual side-mounted spares with mirrors, cowl lights, dual driving lights, and a luggage rack with trunk and cover. The engine retains its original identification tag, containing both the engine number itself and the car’s serial number, indicating that it is original to this chassis. Overall, the restoration has been well-preserved thanks to the excellent care of the owner, who has maintained it faithfully while driving and winning awards at regional shows for nearly forty years.
A powerful and rare car for Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club and CCCA events, this fine and desirable Auburn is offered from one caring home to another.