The Guyton Collection | Lot 381
1935 Auburn Eight Custom Cabriolet
$84,000 USD | Sold
| St. Louis, Missouri
4 May 2019
- A desirable Custom model with the Dual Ratio rear axle
- Well-presented, very attractive restoration
- An ideal CARavan and tour automobile
- Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) Full Classic
Eight-cylinder Auburns of the Classic Era are fabulous tour cars, especially the upmarket Custom models equipped with the Dual Ratio rear axle. This system allows the driver to choose from either low- or high-ratio gear sets, selectable through a switch on the steering wheel hub, depending upon their driving needs. Running in the high-speed gears, an eight-cylinder Auburn can cruise very nicely at modern highway speeds and is a delight to drive. No wonder, then, that these cars are so desired by today’s collectors, and can be seen as very cost-effective alternatives to the increasingly valuable “boattail” speedsters.
The Guyton Collection’s cabriolet was acquired by former owner and longtime Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club member, Joseph Coppola of Novi, Michigan, from a Mrs. Miller in New Mexico. Although this car was originally born a coupe, it is important to note that the Auburn coupe and cabriolet bodies of this era are virtually identical, and thus conversion is a common modification that involves very few changes to be made to the original body. Restoration of this car was completed in 2004, after which the car was exhibited in ACD Club events. It received the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum’s Tom Busch Award for the Best Owner Restoration at the 2004 ACD Club National Reunion.
Later the Auburn was owned by the late, respected collector Jim Adams of Florida, known for the excellent mechanical condition of his automobiles. It joined the Guyton Collection in October 2008. Thereafter it received an engine head replacement by D&D Classic Auto Restoration in 2011, receipts and invoices for which are on file.
The car’s restoration is well preserved, including its beautiful Indiana Beige finish with a complementary maroon soft top, leather upholstery, and carpeting, and recent detailing has freshened the appearance of the engine compartment, floors, and suspension. Further the car boasts numerous desirable accessories, including the “Flying Man” radiator mascot, dual chromed driving lights, dual side-mounted spares, and dual chromed side-view mirrors, as well as speedster-style “Flying Men” on the rear quarter panels and speedster-style door panels.
This is a wonderful Auburn for continued showing or, better still, enjoyment in AACA, ACD Club, CCCA, and VMCCA activities this touring season.