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Eighty-one years ago, many of the automobile manufactures were having trouble selling their products. There was a large selection but the whole country was in the middle of a deep and long depression. One in four people were out of work with no income, subsistence, or social security. New car models came out in January and ran till December. By the summer of 1932, many of the automobile factories were down to their minimum work force. Sales of Auburns fell from over 32,000 in 1931, to just over 11,000 in 1932. The entire automotive industry lost over 42% in sales.

Auburn decided to give the world “ a lot of car for the money!” The pictured 1932 Auburn 8-100A Cabriolet was a bargain at $1,053. The six chrome wire wheels were an extra $150.  For an extra $56.25, the factory would paint your car any color you desired.  Some of the features on this model included; ride control two way hydraulic shock absorbers controlled from the dash panel, a two speed rear-end, operated from the dash panel to increase fuel mileage and hill climbing, a Startix starting system that could automatically start the car, an Electrolock ignition, to prevent theft,   Bijur automatic chassis lubricator system, an LGS free-wheeling transmission for fuel savings, and a low slung cross braced frame for a smoother ride. For safety, non-shatter triplex plate safety glass was available. On top of this, the Lycoming straight eight engine was increased to 100 hp. For improved hill climbing abilities, a muffler by-pass valve was installed and operated from a small knob on the floor by the driver.

All these features helped sales but the depression continued and by the end of 1936, Auburn stop production. The company also owned Cord and Duesenberg but by the end of 1937, they too were out of business. In June of 1932, Auburn slashed the price of this Cabriolet to $925. It was “a lot of car for the money!”

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