Auburn is still from the era of wooden wheels and carriages with real horsepower. Charles Eckhart produced luxury horse-drawn carriages since 1875. His two sons found those horses just clumsy and decided to equip Dad’s carriages with gasoline engines. These engines had to follow the typical American trend: Big, bigger, biggest! In nine years time, the one-pit engine developed into a big 8-in-line; the Big Eight.
Thus was born the Auburn 8 120 Speedster. The ‘8’ stood for the number of cylinders and the ‘120’ for the number of horses whirring under the hood, which was beaten by hand. As soon as you sit down in the driver’s seat it is immediately clear; this is still real driving. With the left slide on the steering wheel you advance or delay the ignition, with the right handle you give the gas, the fuel pump is operated separately from the ignition and when changing gears, just double-clutch! Believe us, once you have mastered this, you will understand why people still do this – for fun. Because that is the essence of enthusiasm; the puffing and the penetrating oil smell, the real driving. This is pure passion!
Ours was converted to a boattail in the late 1930s, which makes it stand out even more. The lines run in a flowing form along the entire body and come together at the rear to form ‘a pointed buttress’. Need to feel like a welcome guest at the Great Gatsby parties? This is m, every time. We’ll see you soon.
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