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1929 Auburn 8-120 Boattail Speedster Vehicle Profile

1929 Auburn 8-120 photograph

1929 Auburn 8-120 photograph

1929 Auburn 8-1201929 Auburn 8-120
The first generation Auburn Speedster was built in 1928 and 1929 as a low-volume promotional model. With their daringly raked vee'd windshields, hood louvers, and door openings angled to match, they gave the impression of speed even while standing still.

The distinctive 'boattail' design is attributed to Count Alexis de Sakhnoffsky, a pioneer of streamlining, and future Cord L-29 designer Alan Leamy. The body by McFarlan features 18' wire wheels, dual golf club doors, dual side-mount spare tires, and a removable fabric top.

The Speedster was also equipped to turn head in terms of performance, with a Lycoming straight-eight that produced 93 horsepower. Coupled with the wide ratio transmission and special differential gearing, this meant that the Speedster could more than double the 45 mile per hour speed limit of the era. It features Lockheed hydraulic brakes, Bijur central lubrication, and Lovejoy hydraulic shock absorbers, all of which were typically found on more expensive cars.

This example is a 1929 model that went unsold due to the Great Depression, and was originally registered as a 1930 model. It was part of Michigan's Earl Collection for over forty years before being relocated to Ontario, Canada, to become part of the Corydon Collection.


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1929 Auburn 8-120 Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1929 sales)
1929 Auburn 8-120 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 2951507
Sold for USD$90,200
  2020 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Auburn Auction
 
1929 Auburn 120 Eight Cabriolet
Sold for USD$51,520
  2020 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale Arizona
 
1929 Auburn 120 Eight Speedster
Chassis#: 5
Sold for USD$341,000
  2019 RM Sothebys : Hershey
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1929 Auburn 120 Eight Speedster
Chassis#: 2950509
Sold for USD$330,000
  2018 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall
 
1929 Auburn 8-120 Sport Sedan
Chassis#: 51434621928
Sold for USD$49,500
  2015 The Auburn Auction
 
1929 Auburn 120 Eight Speedster
Chassis#: 2951433
Sold for USD$148,736
  2014 RM Auctions - London
 
1929 Auburn 8-120 Sport Sedan
Sold for USD$42,900
  2009 Collector Cars of Fort Lauderdale
 
1929 Auburn 8-120 Boattail
Sold for USD$189,750
  2005 Worldwide Auctions - Houston Classic 2005
 
1929 AUBURN 120 4 DOOR CONVERTIBLE
Sold for USD$63,250
  2005 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale 2005
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1929 Auburn 8-120's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1929 Auburn 8-120 Convertible Sedan 2009 Collector Cars of Fort Lauderdale$61,000  
1929 Auburn 8-120 2008 Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey by RM Auctions$75,000$120,000$160,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Auburn 8-120
1929 Boattail Speedster
Coachbuilder: McFarlan
Chassis information for the Auburn 8-120
1929 Boattail Speedster
Coachbuilder: McFarlan

Chassis information for the Auburn 8-120
1929 Boattail Speedster
Chassis Num: 5
Engine Num: MD 28801
Chassis information for the Auburn 8-120
1929 Sedan
Chassis Num: MD34969

1929 Auburn 8-120

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