Car Feature: Auburn Cord Duesenberg 866 Speedster replica

Way back when I was a kid, someone gave me a box of hotwheels cars. One of them was a 1933 Auburn Boattail speedster. That car quickly became my favorite car of all time. So, you can imagine my excitement every time I see a speedster.
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As I've said before, the cruise-in at Olympic Broil is often a good place to see nice classic cars. This past tuesday night was no exception.

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After a bit of research, I learned that this car is, in fact, not an original Boattail Speedster (known as a First Generation). To explain that, I need to give a bit of background.

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In 1937, after the Great Depression took a toll on the company, they ceased production.

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In 1968, Glenn Pray, president of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg company, using reproduction and NOS parts, began making and selling the second Generation Speedster, known as the 866.

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The name, "866" is more than just a number, though. The "8" indicates that it still uses an 8-cylinder engine. Though, not the original 4.4L Inline 8 supercharged engine. Instead, they opted for a ford 428 Big-Block engine. And the "66" indicates the year that engineering began on the modernized Speedster.

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This "Classic Car with a Modern Powerplant" idea really caught on, and inspired the "Replicar" industry.

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The Original Auburn Speedsters are quite valuable, with concourse-condition examples going for almost half a million dollars, and good condition examples, and most replicas  in the mid $60,000 to mid $80,000 range.

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When I was researching for this article, I stumbled onto a few sites that, while appearing to be built at the same time the internet was, offered some great information. I'll link those at the end of the article.

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The gauge cluster on this car is simple, yet informative. Enough gauges to show all of the important data from the engine, yet nothing flashy.

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It's easy to see why I really like this car. Just look at the lines. The curves have a strong Art Deco look, and just have an "All Eyes On Me" effect.

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There is no way you can drive this car and not look classy. You could roll into any Cars and Coffee or Cruise-In show and have the same effect as rolling in in a Lamborghini.

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And, for those interested, here are the links to the sites I found on the Auburn:

Hemmings: Classic cars for sale
auburnspeedsters.com
the history of the Auburn Speedster
Wikipedia page about the car

Thanks, and, like always, be sure to check back often for more content.

-Phil

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