Auburn Automobile was a company that started in Auburn, Indiana in 1900. It soon grew to be one of the largest local automobile manufacturers. Auburn started as mid-class offering. But in the mid-1920’s, under the supervision of Errett Lobban Cord, it became a premium manufacturer. They offered some elegant, stylish and fast cars.
The first step was the introduction of straight eight-cylinder engines which, in those days, were synonymous with luxury models. The rise of Auburn in the premium car segment corresponded with the Great Depression. It was a devastating recession in 1929 that sunk many of America’s car brands. However, Auburn managed to survive for a couple of years after trying to offer models to rival Cadillac in style and power.
Its finest model and the company’s swan song was the glorious Auburn 851 Speedster, which they introduced in 1935. The car had a 4.5-liter straight eight engine with an optional supercharger. It delivered a fantastic performance for the standards of the time. Unfortunately, the market wasn’t impressed, so Auburn ceased production in 1937.