1929 Auburn Model 8-90 Sedan



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1929 Auburn

Model 8-90 Sedan



Engine Size
Straight 8
3 Speed Manual
41,536 (Actual)
Fort Worth
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If you're familiar with classic cars, the name Auburn should make you sit up and pay attention pretty quickly. Part of the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg empire, it was the stylish, affordable sibling to the mightiest cars ever built. And this 1929 Auburn 8-90 sedan is one of the finest examples of its kind, showing just 41,536 original miles and having won just about every major trophy such a car can win.

Stored in a dry Nebraska barn since 1954, this incredible Auburn was unearthed in 2000 and treated to a cost-no-object restoration that took 12 years and you can see the results. Dressed in black with Navajo Red accents, this striking sedan looks simply spectacular. The Auburn is unique, standing out with its horseshoe-shaped grille and stand-alone headlights, along with the split windshield that gives it a distinctive look. Finish quality is exemplary, with doors that close with the most wonderfully solid sound and the folding hood opens with ease and latches without a fight. Paint quality was most certainly not this good in 1929 but for a car designed to be flashy, this one fits the bill perfectly. There's not much chrome, remarkably enough, but the grille, headlight shells, and door handles are beautifully finished. Nothing was overlooked during this car's restoration.

The tan cloth interior has also been expertly restored to re-create 1929 luxury. Pleated seats, simple door panels with gorgeous garnish moldings, and that oversized steering wheel all give the Auburn a substantial look and feel from inside. It's beautifully finished with clean stitching and correct windlace around the doors, and even the interior handles and knobs have been restored, an expensive proposition all by itself. Rear seat space is massive, with legroom sufficient for Wilt Chamberlin, and it's ornately finished with delicate ashtray covers, ornate assist straps, and a robe rail behind the front seat. The dashboard is accented with wood inserts and a centrally-mounted instrument panel with red pinstripes and rebuilt gauges that monitor all the engine's vitals. And yes, that's an accessory flashlight on the steering column.

A Lycoming-built 268 cubic inch straight-8 engine makes a rather robust 96 horsepower. However, the real benefit of the straight-8 is torque and smoothness, and combined with a rather steep 4.44 rear end gear ratio, it is happy to pull the big sedan around at barely more than a walking speed in high gear. It's fully rebuilt and detailed for show under the long hood, with olive green engine paint and black accents. Details like the vintage coolant hoses, correct hose clamps, and cloth-covered wiring are all part of the reason why this car is an award-winner. A Detroit Lubricator updraft carburetor is fed by one of the industry's first mechanical fuel pumps (instead of a vacuum tank) and the massive cast iron exhaust manifold dumps to the front of the engine to keep heat away from the passenger compartment. The three-speed manual transmission is not synchronized, so you'll need a quick double-clutch between gears, but the action is light and clutch take-up is smooth. 4-wheel mechanical brakes are effective for the period and the single exhaust has a powerful-sounding eight-cylinder hum. The chassis is nicely detailed and those bright red wooden artillery spoke wheels are fitted with flashy Firestone wide whites.

Upscale elegance that's still ready to show or ideal for touring, this Auburn is an exquisite find for a shockingly reasonable price. Call today!

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