1932 Auburn 12-160

Auburn turned the industry on its ear with a new V12 for 1932. Designed by chief engineer George Kublin, it utilized a narrow, 45-degree vee with horizontal valves in the heads, operated by a single camshaft through rockers. It developed 160 bhp from 391 cubic inches, more efficient than Packard or Lincoln. Priced from $1,105, it was an incredible bargain.

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In Detail

submitted byRichard Owen
typeSeries Production Car
built atDetroit, Michigan, USA
positionFront Longitudinal
block materialCast Iron
power119.3 kw / 160 bhp
f suspensionSolid Axle
r suspensionLive Axle
transmission3-Speed Manual w/Columbia Electric Overdrive

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1932 Auburn 12-160

1932 Auburn Custom 12-160A Phaeton Sedan

Restored nearly a decade ago, this Auburn Twelve Phaeton Sedan retains its natural beauty. The two-tone red color scheme with orange pinstriping is attractive, and the paint has held up well. All panels show a good fit. The tan canvas top fits well and is complemented by a matching cover for the rear-mounted trunk. The car is fitted with Trippe driving lights, which are in excellent condition. The dual side-mount spares are uncovered and carry mirrors at the top.

Auction Source: 2010 Vintage Cars of Meadow Book by RM Auctions

1932 Auburn 12-160

1932 Auburn V-12 2-160A Boattail Speedster 12280E – sold for $687,500 Prepared For High-Speed Driving. Recent Professional Mechanical Restoration. Full CCCA Classic. Recently A.C.D. Certified Category 1. Timeless Design. One Of The Fastest Sports Cars Of Its Era.
Auction Source: 2008 Monterey Preview