1904 Auburn Model A news, pictures, and information
Auburn had debuted at the Chicago Auto Show of 1903 and was slowly gaining a reputation as a builder of quality cars in limited numbers. By 1904, the company produced approximately fifty vehicles and was only sold in a few Midwestern states.
This vehicle is powered by a two-cylinder opposed, water cooled engine (There are features of both the Model A Auburn and of the Model B Auburn). It displaces 142.6 cubic-inches and produces ten horsepower which is sent to the rear wheels via a chain. The wheelbase measures 83-inches and it sold for $1,250 when new.
The Auburn Automobile Company of Auburn, Indiana was founded in 1903 by Frank and Morris Eckhart, sons of a successful carriage maker. The automobiles produced by the young brothers soon gained a loyal following and by 1909 they were able to build a foundry and machine works to facilitate manufacturing of their Auburn cars. Production would continue until 1937.
During the early 1900s, the company offered modest automobiles powered by flat-mounted single-cylinder engines capable of producing ten horsepower. There was a two-speed planetary transmission which helped deliver the power to the rear wheels. The car sat on half-elliptic springs and a steel frame. The total weight of the vehicles was about 1500 pounds. In 1904 a touring model was added and by 1905, the cars were offered with two-cylinder engines.
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