1933 Auburn Twelve Salon Speedster
One of only six examples known to exist
160hp 391 cu inch Lycoming V12 engine, vacuum power booster braking with manual dashboard selector, X-plus-A frame and duel ratio axle with two speed differential. Wheelbase 133”
The Lycoming-powered Auburn became the basis that ultimately led to the formation of the Cord Corporation that included Checker Cab, Lycoming Manufacturing, Stinson Aircraft, Duesenberg, Cord and more.
In 1933, at the New York Auto Show, Auburn introduced its-new-top-of-the-line “Salon” models in eight and twelve cylinder form. The further prestigious V12 powered Auburns were available in five different models- the most exclusive being the Auburn 12-165 Salon Twelve Speedster.
The 160 hp, Lycoming V12 engine had been introduced in 1932, and was virtually the except for its four mounting points now featured biscuit type live rubber air cushions to further reduce the transmission of vibrations to the frame. The frame itself was improved for stiffness in 1933. The rigidity of the original X-frame was further enhanced by the addition of an A sub-frame attachment that reduced the chance of flexing at the front end.
Braking was also improved by the fitting of a vacuum power booster. The booster strength could be manually adjusted via a control on the dashboard. The selector could be moved to one of four different settings depending on road and weather conditions. Auburn engineers helped prepare its drivers for “dry weather”, “rain”, “snow”, and “ice” settings. The factory brochure proclaimed, “So effective is he system that the brake pedal can be depressed with one finger.” The V12’s Dual-ratio axle improved fuel economy when desirable.
Other technical features found on the Salon V12 models included RE-USEABLE Purolator oil filter, threaded anti rattle spring shackles, Bijur chassis lubrication, Houdaille double acting shock absorbers and a tubular cowl frame structure similar to that found on the fuselage of an airplane.
From the outside the V12 models were distinguishable by the new in 1933 uniquely designed v-shaped grille. Surrounded by a painted radiator shell, the chrome plated grille was virtually flat at the top, but v-shaped at the bottom. The radiator cap was now concealed by the hood. Other distinctive features included headlamps bearing new convex lenses and very stylized bumpers- particularly at the front where the Auburn badge was also mounted centrally, rather than on its traditional placement on the radiator shell.
Inside the V12 Auburn featured a full leather interior with a dash housing indirectly lit From the outside the V12 models were distinguishable by the new in 1933 uniquely designed v-shaped grille. Surrounded by a painted radiator shell, the chrome plated grille was virtually flat at the top, but v-shaped at the bottom. The radiator cap was now concealed by the hood. Other distinctive features included headlamps bearing new convex lenses and very stylized bumpers- particularly at the front where the Auburn badge was also mounted centrally, rather than on its traditional placement on the radiator shell.
aircraft-style instruments (combination ammeter-oil pressure gauge, heat indicator, speedometer, electric clock, and dual combination oil and fuel level) and the power adjustment lever. Further controls below the dash regulated manifold heat, the ignition choke, the Dual-Ratio axle, the throttle, spark advance and lights.
Of all the Salon V12 Auburns the most sought after is the Speedster. Historians generally accept that just14 examples were built in 1933, making these among the rarest of American Classics even then. To own an Auburn Twelve Salon Speedster in 1933 exhibited the same cache’ and style that is associated with the ownership of one today- and a taste of the very finest life has to offer.
Chassis offered here # 1935 H
The current owner purchased this automobile in 2000 in a beautifully aged patina
cosmetic appearance and operable mechanics along with The Auburn, Cord,
Duisenberg Clubs Certification as a category number 1 certified original car
document ( shown in the pictures) and authorized an open check book budget for
a Pebble Beach Concours quality nut and bolt restoration that was completed in
2009. The car was the recipient of a bare metal paint job with original individual
components restored and assembled to a proper fit and finish deserving such a
prestigious example of automotive elegance. Since completion the car has been the
recipient of; The Auburn, Cord, Duisenberg Clubs Competitive Judging Awards for
both, the AB Jenkins award for Best Auburn at the West Coast Meet and Best of
Show at the Santa Maria West Coast Meet both of 2009. In addition to the Auburn,
Cord, Duisenberg Club Awards this rare piece of rolling design magnificence has
been judged by the Antique Automobile Club of America and received both Junior
and Senior badges of Honor along with the George Holley award of Excellence for
Most Excellent Restoration of 2011. With the invite to participate in the Pebble
Beach Concours de Elegance the owner considers the car and its pedigree a success
and is offering it for sale to be enjoyed by its next owner of equal admiration for one
of the most flamboyant motoring icons of the era.
With recent sales in the $600,000.00s for documented cars and $400.000.00s for
undocumented cars this should be a properly valued tangible investment at the
asking price of $550,000.00
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