1936 Auburn Boattail Speedster replica

Striking with long, flowing bodywork, it looks like it’s moving when it’s stationary. This is a rarely seen replica speedster with a Cord front, very striking and unusual.

Nineteen thirty-six was the next-to-last model year for the Auburn Speedster and this example is a one-of-a-kind build with a Cord-inspired front clip, proving a distinctive appearance. It was bought from the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Company in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

Done in striking Silver over Red, the paint and trim are in overall excellent order. The bodywork is straight and solid while the engine bay is very tidy. There is one crack in the paint on the right front fenders. The bumpers, painted body color, are attached tightly to the body.

This car rolls on wide whitewall tires. Each one is mounted on a gray, alloy when with chrome center caps.

A Ford Big Block 460 CID V-8 engine is under the hood, mated to a three-speed automatic transmission. Driver convenience features include vintage air-conditioning, power steering, power brakes and tilt steering.

Inside, the car’s red and gray bench seat looks great, as does the black carpet. A three-spoke aftermarket steering wheel faces the driver. The car has no top. The dashboard has reflective background along with Classic Instruments gauges. The inner door panels mirror the condition of the seat. There is a column-mounted shifter and a modern AM/FM stereo that lives in the dashboard.

The “Speedster 851,” which would be the final production model of the manufacturer, was introduced in 1934 with bodywork by Gordon Buehrig that was ingeniously constructed and cost-effectively built. With sandwiched front and rear fenders, backswept radiator, and external side-threaded exhaust pipes, the 851 Speedster is the iconic Auburn “Hollywood car.” Its bespoke flat-head eight was powerful, reliable and of a strong and solid design.

The sweeping body lines concealed some innovative and advanced technical features such as the Columbia dual-ratio rear axle that was achieved by interposing an epicyclic gear train between the axle and the crown wheel. When it was engaged, the final drive ratio became a “fast” 4.5:1. It was disengaged by moving a steering-wheel mounted lever and dipping the clutch, whereupon the ratio became a more leisurely 3:1. The three-speed synchromesh gearbox along with that dual ratio axle gave a six-speed transmission. In 1936, came the 852, identical to the earlier models with the exception of the “852” on its radiator grille.

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Location: Fenton, Missouri, United States