“Sweet Auburn! Loveliest village of the plain.” – Oliver Goldsmith
Auburn, Indiana dons the name of Home of the Classics for good reason. With the establishment of The Auburn Automobile Company in 1900, this city played an integral part in launching the automobile industry.
Come 1924, Auburn was only producing six cars each day. Suddenly, a shuffle in the management hierarchy saw Errett Lobban Cord take over the underperforming company, and James Crawford was recruited to establish a new range of cars. The ‘Auburn eight’ was then launched in 1925, which was received with immense popularity in the automobile market. The eight was rebranded the following year, and donned the name ‘8-88’ through until 1930. It was in this year that the ‘Speedster 115’ was introduced with a warm welcome. In 1935, the most popular Speedster model was launch, the 851. The 1936 model, the 852, is almost identical to its predecessor, however, the radiator grille was modified.
The Speedster’s signature attribute is it’s ‘boattail’ design. This iconic design would later be replicated by other model, notably by the 1963-1967 and 1971-1973 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.
The 1936 Auburn Speedster is currently on display at Classics Museum. This vehicle displays a marriage of elegance and vigour, while displaying the evolution of the classics throughout the 1930’s. Be sure to come and experience automobile history first hand!