Auburn was the basis of E.L. Cord's success in the automobile business, a solid, reliable contributor to sales and profits which kept assembly lines busy and dealers enthusiastic. Cord's interests were expanding rapidly by 1930, notable with two new models introduced in 1929, the Cord Front Drive L-29 and the immortal Duesenberg. The company depended upon Auburn to keep generating sales and changed the models little for 1929. The mainstay became known as the 8-90, with a 247 cubic inch inline eight that was tuned for 93 horsepower at 3,300 rpm installed in a 125" wheelbase chassis. Auburn was known for its sporting appearance and value, and this 1929 8-90 Cabriolet is ample evidence of its appeal. Finished in black with gold coachline, tan cloth top, rich Maroon leather interior and matching Maroon wool carpets, it has instant eye-appeal. Its presence is augmented by huge Monogram headlights, chrome grille shell, chrome tube bumpers, six chrome wire wheels with purposeful black wall tires, dual side-mounts with rear view mirrors strapped on, a golf bag door, trunk rack and distinctively coachlined hood side vents. It has a look that is both powerful and compelling, the style of the Auburn Speedster in a production car that helps explain the appeal of Auburn, particularly with 93 horsepower under the driver's toe and a price tag under $1,500. This is a very well restored and maintained example which has been recently service and detailed to make it ready to create an immediate and positive impression.
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