Many great automobile designs came from the drafting rooms and studios at Auburn but none of them had the commercial impact of Alan Leamy's redesign of the Auburn for 1931. Many of the clichés of the Twenties were dropped in the 1931 Auburn. The radiator shell was painted body color, merging nearly seamlessly into the hood and fenders. A striking beltline molding began at the peak of the radiator and curved gracefully back to the base of the windshield, through the doors and onto the rear deck where it dropped in a central spline to the center of the bumper. Its effect was mirrored in similar accents on the gently swept fenders. The front bumper dropped slightly below the grille, extending its shape and further emphasizing the low hood line. Auburn tested the 1931's aerodynamics, too, and streamlining had its effect, enhancing both performance and fuel economy of the 8-cylinder Lycoming powered Auburns. Offered in two trim levels, this 1931 Auburn 8-98A Cabriolet is the upscale Custom model including freewheeling which made shifting the synchromesh transmission possible on the move without using the clutch. In addition to wire wheels, dual enclosed side mounted spares with mirrors, wide whitewall tires and rumble seat it has two unusual features, a radiator cap ornament (rarely seen on Auburn) and a single Trippe driving light that turns with the front wheels. Finished in an attractive light Camel color set off by beige fenders and accent, it is upholstered in brown leather and is protected by a tan cloth top. It is a very attractive and well-maintained older restoration with very nice paint and top and sound and attractive upholstery. Its restoration is attractively mellowed with age, some use and careful maintenance. It will acquit itself well on tours and events, be shown with pride at the end of a day's run and reflect favorably on its owner and passengers while continuing to display the distinctive design elements skillfully lavished upon it in 1931 by Alan Leamy and the Auburn design staff.
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