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Here are photos of a 1927 Locomobile 8-80 sedan that was offered on eBay a few years ago.  Once Locomobile came under his control as Billy Durant's luxury car, it was inevitable there would be less expensive series added to broaden the appeal beyond the grand Model 48.  As was his wont to do with the Durant, Star and Flint, the 8-80 would source a proprietary engine, in this case, a Lycoming 298.6 ci L-Head straight eight to power its 130 inch wheelbase chassis.  In its three model years as 8-80 and 8-88, pricing ranged from $2,650 to $5,250, though most models were in the $3,000-$3,500 bracket.    According to The Standard Catalog by Kimes and Clark et al, annual Locomobile sales were fading as badly as the remainder of this empire: 1926: 2,586; 1927: 2,037; 1928: 1,112 and 1929: 327.   Safe to assume the majority of sales were of the lower-priced Junior 8 and 8-80 lines.  

 

Of the Lycoming engine, it was popular with other makes in the price ranges: Auburn, Elcar, Gardner and Roamer.   

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