Picture is showing an amazing car built by the Auburn company shown during US cars festival in Luxembourg.
As one of the few prewar American sportcars, the Auburn Speedster was a powerful, affordable and stylish car. It featured a characteristic boat tail body and a supercharged engine that that set American trends: large proportions and straight line performance.
In 1932, a stock supercharged speedster driven by Ab Jenkins at the Bonneville Salt Flats and was clocked at 100 mph through the flying mile. Auburn were particularly pleased with these results and plaqued subsequent cars with a memo on the dashboard.
Produced from 1929 to 1937, the Speedster benefited from E.L. Cord's empire which included many talented designers from Cord, Duesenbreg and Lycoming. As different engines became available, the Speester was manufactured in three distinct phases. The last of these was the 851/852 Speedster which benefited from styling upgrades and a reworked Inline-8 engine.
Up until 1935, many of Auburn's models were powered by Lycoming's V12 engine, which could be sold at a very affordable rate. Unfortunately, as this engine became unavailable, Auburn were left to rethink their straight-6, and Duesenberg helped them retool to include two more cylinders.
While changing engines, Harold Ames hired Gordon Buehrig of ex-Duesenberg fame to touch up the Speedster design. Buehrig reduced the ornamentation on the car, and added a more flowing touch, especially with his recessed radiator.
Of the four decades of Auburn production, the companies' history can be highlighted by the 851 and 852 Speedsters. These were the last few cars made by Auburn before the factory shut down in October of 1937 along with the rest of the Cord Empire
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serp2000 (44059) 2013-07-08 10:38
Wow! I think this old boy also could show good skills!
Outstanding presentation, Jean Claude! But it looks like a luxury car for high society. Good capture of atmosphere of the car show.
EstudioChispa (2174) 2013-07-08 11:27
Indeed, Jean Claude, many historic names were associated with these Auburns. They were grand and stylish, and it is wonderful to see one any time, any place -- and I bet it was most surprising to find one in Europe!
I am drawn to the reflections at the bonnet from the chromed exhaust pipes, and to the reflection on the door from the mirror.
Your shot shows the difficulties that a photographer encounters at most car shows. Ideally, this car should be alone on an acre or even a hectare of empty ground, so we could enjoy and shoot every angle that benefitted from the talents of the legendary designers you mention. But no, it is parked as if in a supermarket parking lot, side-by-side with other cars. And then, of course, there are the other people!
Thanks for sharing this look at a very significant automobile!
bartekp (4746) 2013-07-08 15:06
Hi Jean Claude,
That is a supercar, very famou. Beautiful condition and that special color.
About photo: very good composition and light, thanks that we cans see every detail.
Have a nice day
Kugart (1778) 2013-07-08 16:18
Hi Jean Claude,
What a stunning looking car with spoke wheels and whitewall tyres. Superb presentation with the background giving the whole atmosphere of the show.
Periko (5152) 2013-07-08 19:05
I think that the photo is slightly overexposed, but I like the car.
fabbs99 (17135) 2013-07-08 22:41
Hi Jean Claude,
The Auburn Speedster looks awesome and no less a sport car than the present day Ferrari and Audis.Superb pov and exposure.Amazing sharpness and perfect light.Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.TFS.
macjake (67534) 2013-07-11 20:52
Hi Jean Claude
there have been alot of Car photo's on TE lately, and I'm loving all of them :)
thanks for adding to the recent collection from Auto Shows.
this one is a beauty isn't it!
what a looker this lady is.
sweet curves, and sexy lines.
and the over sized white walled tires are a great addition to put it over the top.
enjoy your day
ikeharel (70677) 2013-07-17 7:31
A fantastic profile picture to the luxury car from 80 years ago, Jean-claude.
Well preserved and good attractive color. Baige is the Royal's color, as in lady's wear - so with cars and items and accessories.
Beautiful picture, well made under the bright daylight.
amaryllis (36895) 2013-07-18 5:09
Je reviens sur cette photo de cette explosion de voitures anciennes, vraiment elle est superbe comme neuve
Je comprends les passionnés de ces voitures
- Copyright: Jean Claude Dresch (claudeD) (38362)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-07-07
- Categories: Festivals
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II, canon EF 24-105 F4 IS
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/400 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-07-08 9:54