The Guyton Collection | Lot 371
1932 Auburn Eight Custom Cabriolet
$86,800 USD | Sold
| St. Louis, Missouri
4 May 2019
- One of the great cars of the Classic Era
- Attractive older restoration in elegant colors
- Equipped with its original body, engine, and serial number tag
- Veteran of the CCCA Grand European CARavan
- Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) Full Classic
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 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 8-100A cabriolet in the Guyton Collection is a desirable Custom model, equipped from the factory with the Dual Ratio rear axle, chromed headlights, driving lights, and “Running Man” hood ornament. It was acquired by Mr. Guyton in 2007, having formerly resided in Ron Pratte’s well-known Arizona stable, and is still equipped with its original body, engine, and serial number tag on the floorboard.
Almost immediately the car entered preparations for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, the Grand European CARavan, a month-long tour of Europe hosted by the Classic Car Club of America. Mr. Guyton’s hand-written packing lists for the journey accompany the car, noting all of the parts and tools that had to be carried to the Old World, as well as mechanical preparations made by Odyssey Restorations. He and his longtime friend, Bill Davis, much enjoyed the trip, which Mr. Guyton faithfully documented through hundreds of photographs; a professionally published hardcover book of these photos, many of which feature the Auburn, is included in the file.
Cosmetically freshened following the tour, the car now presents as a highly attractive and charming older restoration, with features such as painted wire wheels, blackwall tires, and a lack of extraneous accessories that are much in vogue with today’s collectors and enthusiasts. In addition to the aforementioned file it is also offered with a copy of the Auburn Factory Service Bulletins for 1931–1933, which will aid a new owner in maintaining it at its very best well into the future.
It is an ideal CARavan automobile – as its month in Europe proved.