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1931 Auburn Model 8-98 A Phaeton Sedan / 10761 H Vehicle Information

1931 Auburn Model 8-98 A photograph

1931 Auburn Model 8-98 A
Sold for $92,000 at 2013 Bonhams - The Scottsdale Auction.
Errett Lobban Cord joined Auburn as general manager in 1924. Cord quickly set about restyling the cars, increasing sales, and diverted the company's path away from bankruptcy. In 1925 Cord arranged for Lycoming straight-eight engines to be installed in the existing six-cylinder chassis. In 1925, Auburns featured two-tone color schemes and a novel beltline that swept up over the bonnet. For three consecutive years, sales doubled. In 1926, Cord became president of the Auburn Automobile Company.

By the close of the 1920s, the eight-cylinder Auburns were becoming 'America's fastest' automobile. Al Leamy drove an 8-115 Speedster at 108.46mph over the measured mile at Daytona and going on to take the 24 hours record at Atlantic City Speedway.

Not only were the eight-cylinder Auburns encroaching on Stutz's speed accolade territory, they were also exceptional value for money. The top-of-the-line 1931 Speedster sold for $1,395 which was less than half the price of the equivalent Stutz.

For 1931, the Auburns were given sweeping fenders and long hoods, a design which was used through 1933. The double-drop X braced frame allowed the overall height to be three inches lower than previous models.

The Convertible Phaeton Sedan model was priced at $1,345 and featured exclusive options including roll-up windows and removable center pillars for a tight seal with the top raised. This example is a CCCA Grand Caravan tour car for many years. It has been restored and preserved for two decades and was in the same ownership for more than a quarter-century before, during and after its concours-correct restoration. The Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Club has given this car a Category 1 Certifications as an original and unmolested example of its type.

Options on this car include dual side-mounted spare wheels, an accessory trunk and rack, dual chrome horns and driving lamps. The interior has recently been re-trimmed in new and correct black leather. The exterior is finished in black and silver and accented by chrome bumpers, chrome spoke wheels with wide whitewall tires, factory-applied custom trim and tan cloth convertible top.

In 2013, the car was offered for sale at Bonhams Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $92,000 including buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2013



2013 Bonhams - The Scottsdale Auction

Sale Price :
USD $92,000

1931 Auburn Model 8-98 A Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1931 sales)
1931 AUBURN 8-98A CABRIOLET
Chassis#: 898A13046F
Sold for USD$112,000
  2021 Bonhams : Amelia Island Auction
1931 Auburn Model 8-98 A image  1931 Auburn Model 8-98 A image  
1931 Auburn 8-98A Sedan
Chassis#: 8-98 35388-A
Sold for USD$19,800
  2019 RM Sothebys : Hershey
 
1931 Auburn Eight Custom Speedster
Chassis#: 8-98A 16951 E
Sold for USD$190,400
  2018 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
1931 Auburn Model 8-98 A image  1931 Auburn Model 8-98 A image  
1931 Auburn Eight Phaeton Sedan
Chassis#: 898A 15822 H
Sold for USD$117,000
  2017 Auctions America : Auburn Fall
 
1931 Auburn 8-98A Convertible
Sold for USD$85,000
  2016 Mecum - Indianapolis
 
1931 Auburn 8-98A Phaeton Convertible Sedan
Chassis#: 10761 H
Sold for USD$92,000
  2013 Bonhams - The Scottsdale Auction
1931 Auburn Model 8-98 A image  
1931 Auburn 8-98A Cabriolet
Sold for USD$108,000
  2012 Branson Auction - Spring 2012
 
1931 Auburn 8-98A Cabriolet
Sold for USD$75,000
  2011 Leake Car Auctions - Tulsa - 39th Annual Leake Auto Auction
 
1931 Auburn 8-98A Boattail Speedster
Sold for USD$72,600
  2003 JEM Museum Collection
 
1931 Auburn 8-98A Cabriolet
Sold for USD$60,000
  2003 Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1931 Auburn Model 8-98 A's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1931 AUBURN 8-98A CABRIOLET898A11832F2011 Worldwide Auctions The Auburn Auction $110,000$130,000

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Auburn Model 8-98 A Vehicle Profiles
Boattail Speedster
Auburn Model 8-98 A Boattail Speedster

Model Year: 1931
Profile
Boattail Speedster
Auburn Model 8-98 A Boattail Speedster

Model Year: 1931
Boattail Speedster
Auburn Model 8-98 A Boattail Speedster

Model Year: 1931
Profile

Brougham
Auburn Model 8-98 A Brougham

Model Year: 1931
Profile
Brougham
Auburn Model 8-98 A Brougham

Model Year: 1931
Brougham
Auburn Model 8-98 A Brougham

Model Year: 1931
Profile

Phaeton Sedan
Auburn Model 8-98 A Phaeton Sedan

Model Year: 1931
Profile
Phaeton Sedan
Auburn Model 8-98 A Phaeton Sedan

Model Year: 1931
Profile
Speedster
Auburn Model 8-98 A Speedster

Model Year: 1931
Profile

Phaeton Sedan
Auburn Model 8-98 A Phaeton Sedan

Chassis Num: 10761 H
Engine Num: GU 46684
Model Year: 1931
Profile and Auction History
Speedster
Auburn Model 8-98 A Speedster

Chassis Num: 8-98A 16951 E
Engine Num: GU 49732
Model Year: 1931
Profile and Auction History
Boattail Speedster
Auburn Model 8-98 A Boattail Speedster

Chassis Num: 898
Model Year: 1931
Profile and Auction History

Cabriolet
Auburn Model 8-98 A Cabriolet

Chassis Num: 898A13046F
Engine Num: GU51926
Model Year: 1931
Profile and Auction History


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