RM Auctions Monterey 2014 Preview – 1936 Auburn Eight Supercharged Speedster Is First American Supercar

1936 Auburn Eight Supercharged Speedster

So, if the Chrysler Airflow Eight from the previous article is a delightful curio in the evolution of the modern family car, this Auburn Eight Supercharged Speedster will definitely get us back-on-track for sportscars.

Supercars, even! This machine was one of the most powerful and rapid American cars ever made, and perhaps one of the best-handling as well. This was well before any Corvettes or even any Mustangs. Decades beforehand.

Until this point, the most sporting cars were some mini Duesenburg’s all the way to giant Packard’s and Hudson’s.

This Auburn split the difference in size and power, with a supercharged V8 to keep up with the v16 Cadillac Madame X — and anything other road car from America in the 1930s!

In fact, the Auburn factory included a plaque stating each car had been certified at 100-mph before leaving the factory!

That was fast – double the top speed of almost any other car of the time period.

This beautiful and important machine will hit the RM Auction block in Monterey this August 15th/16th.

Act now if you love it, cars like this do not come around often. This Auburn might be one of the most beautiful American cars ever made.


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