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1931 Auburn Model 8-98 Boattail Speedster Vehicle Profile

1931 Auburn Model 8-98 photograph

1931 Auburn Model 8-98 photograph

1931 Auburn Model 8-98 photograph

1931 Auburn Model 8-98 photograph

1931 Auburn Model 8-98 photograph

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It's safe to say that Indy and Auburn are never linked in word association games. Nevertheless, an Auburn did run in the 500-mile classic and inspired Chad Caldwell to create this modern replica. The inspiration - an Auburn modified for the 1930 race - was modest. Driven by Marion Trexler, the Auburn started 29th in the 38-car field and crashed out of contention just 19 laps into the race. A native of Indianapolis, Trexler was active in racing before and after 1930, but never returned to the Brickyard and neither did Auburn.

Chad Caldwell's replica began with a 1931 Auburn sedan. He and his crew removed the body, sectioned the frame longitudinally, reducing width and relocated the engine 12 inches rearward. The aluminum body was fabricated to resemble the Trexler car and Caldwell added hydraulic brakes and overdrive. Auburn was one of the very few companies to record increased sales in 1931, the depths of the Depression, thanks to strong performance and attractive pricing. There were two trim levels, Eight and Custom Eight, both powered by a new 269 cubic-inch (4.4 liter) inline eight from Lycoming, a Pennsylvania-based company acquired in 1927 by Auburn's dynamic boss, Errett Lobban Cord. The Lycoming eight was rated for 98 horsepower in 1931, and was followed by a V-12 in 1932.

Caldwell built the Speedster for the Great Race, an annual vintage car cross country rally. He has since put over 20,000 miles on the odometer in three Great Races, as well as a number of other rallies.



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1931 Auburn Model 8-98 Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1931 sales)
1931 Auburn Model 8-98 Cabriolet
Chassis#: GU100CB
Sold for USD$38,080
  2020 Bonhams : Scottsdale Arizona
 
1931 Auburn 8-98 Sedan
Chassis#: 898A26250A
Sold for USD$37,400
  2018 Worldwide Auctioneers : Auburn Auction
 
1931 AUBURN 8-98 SEDAN
Sold for USD$32,025
  2017 McCormick's - # 62
 
1931 Auburn 8-98 Phaeton Sedan
Sold for USD$89,100
  2016 Auctions America : Auburn Spring
 
1931 Auburn 8-98 Convertible Coupe
Sold for USD$78,000
  2015 Mecum : Indianapolis
 
1931 Auburn Model 8-98 Speedster
Sold for USD$123,750
  2014 Auctions America - Auburn Fall
 
1931 Auburn 8-98 Boattail Speedster
Sold for USD$159,500
  2013 Auctions America - Auburn Spring
 
1931 AUBURN 8 98 BOATTAIL SPEEDSTER
Chassis#: GU63191
Sold for USD$121,000
  2013 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale
 
1931 Auburn Model 8-98 Brougham
Chassis#: 8-98-24760B
Sold for USD$27,600
  2012 Bonhams - Preserving the Automobile: An Auction at the Simeone Foundation
 
1931 Auburn Bottail Speedster 898 Convertible
Sold for USD$77,000
  2012 Auctions America - Auburn Fall
 
1931 Auburn 898 Boattail Speedster Straight Eight, 3-Speed
Chassis#: GU63191
Sold for USD$122,500
  2012 Mecum - Monterey, CA
 
1931 Auburn 8-98 Boattail Speedster
Sold for USD$153,500
  2012 Bonhams - Quail Lodge Sale
 
1931 Auburn 898 Cabriolet
Sold for USD$97,500
  2012 Mecum Auctions - 2012 The Salmon Brothers Collection
 
1931 AUBURN 8-98 BOATTAIL SPEEDSTER
Sold for USD$171,600
  2011 Auctions America - Auburn Fall Auction
 
1931 Auburn Model 8-98
Sold for USD$176,000
  2008 Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook
1931 Auburn Model 8-98 image  
1931 Auburn 8-98 Speedster
Chassis#: GU154317
Sold for USD$313,500
  2008 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
 
1931 Auburn 8-98 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 13118F
Sold for USD$203,500
  2008 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
 
1931 Auburn 8-98 Convertible Coupe
Sold for USD$67,100
  2007 RM Auctions - The Fawcett Movie Cars
 
1931 Auburn Model 8-98 Boattail Speedster
Chassis#: 8985629E
Sold for USD$192,500
  2006 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona
 
1931 AUBURN 8-98 PHAETON
Sold for USD$42,000
  2003 Kruse Auction - Auburn, IN
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1931 Auburn Model 8-98's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1931 AUBURN 8-98 BOATTAIL SPEEDSTERGU729312019 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Auburn Auction   
1931 AUBURN 898 2013 Atlantic City Classic Car Auction   
1931 AUBURN 898 2013 GPK Auction Atlantic City   
1931 Auburn Model 8-98 Speedster 2006 RM Auctions at Meadow Brook$135,000$140,000$180,000
1931 Auburn 8-98 Boat-Tail SpeedsterGU648942003 Bonhams Lord's Cricket Ground 'Summer Vintage' $60,000$70,000

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

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

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

Model Year: 1931
Profile

Brougham
Auburn Model 8-98 Brougham

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

Model Year: 1931
Brougham
Auburn Model 8-98 Brougham

Model Year: 1931
Profile

Phaeton Sedan
Auburn Model 8-98 Phaeton Sedan

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

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

Model Year: 1931
Profile

Phaeton Sedan
Auburn Model 8-98 Phaeton Sedan

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

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

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

Cabriolet
Auburn Model 8-98 Cabriolet

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


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