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Auburn Speedster

Auburn Speedster

Hollywood glitz and glamour was the main raison d'etre behind the Auburn. Built by the Eckhardt Carriage Company of Auburn, Indiana, the car was specifically designed for the super-rich of America in the inter-war period. The brutal yet handsome machines had 12-cylinder engines and hand-tailored cabins, and for three years was America's most expensive car. Eckhardt suffered badly during the Great Depression as incomes tumbled, but the Auburn car was kept alive by the motoring visionary Erret Cord, who founded his own company famed for making dramatic and distinctive machinery for well-heeled owners. Only 500 Auburns were built in total before the company finally failed in 1937, but it is remembered today as one of the true greats and remains one of the most Collectable cars in the world.

Auburn Speedster Specifications

Top speed:108 mph (173 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):10.0 sec
Engine type:straight-eight
Displacement:280 ci (4,589 cc)
Transmission:3-speed manual
Max power:50 bhp (111 kW) at 4,000 rpm
Max torque:n/a
Weight:3,753 lb (1,688 kg)
Economy:12.4 mpg (4.42 km/I)

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