Saturday, March 04, 2023

Automotif CCCXLVIII...

I'd forgotten about this one. I spotted it back on the 11th of January and just never got around to posting it.

That's a 1936 Auburn 852 Phaeton out tooling around on the city streets with more pedestrian automobiles around it to provide proper scale.

This is from the second-to-last year of production for Auburn (and its Cord and Duesenberg stablemates). With the Great Depression crippling the market for ultrapremium luxury cars, they ceased production after the '37 model year.

The 852 came in normally-aspirated and supercharged versions. This is one of the former, and it's powered by a 280 cubic inch flathead Lycoming straight-8 with a 2-barrel carburetor, rated at 115 horsepower. Power is fed through a three-speed manual transmission to a dual ratio rear end. The driver can select between final drive ratios via a lever on the steering wheel hub.