1929 Auburn Boat-tail Speedster
Engine: Lycoming Straight 8
Displacement: 268 Cubic Inches
Horsepower: 98 BHP
Cost New: $1,395.00
In 1926, Errett L. Cord became president of the Auburn Automobile Company, launching what was later to become the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Company. The Auburn Boat-tail Speedster was the epitome of the decade known as the Roaring Twenties. First produced in 1928, the Boat-tail Speedster was built on the same chassis as the rest of the Auburn line, but its styling put it at the head of the line. The whole car was designed to give the impression of speed. The low price of the Auburn Speedster put it in reach of thousands of Americans, who had never been able to afford such styling or performance before. The cars sold well, but did not come anywhere near the sales of the regular sedans offered by Auburn. While 1929 was the best sales year that Auburn had, the Stock Market Crash would lead to the end of the line.
Auburn produced 32,301 vehicles for the year, surpassing DeSoto, Hudson and Packard. With a price of $1,395, the Speedster became the performance car for the masses. Business Week hailed the 1931 Auburn as "more car for the money than the public has ever seen."