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What year is this Auburn?


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I'm not sure there is anyway of telling from this picture if it's a 1931 through 1933. However, what is unique about the car is the absence of side mount spare tires. There couldn't have been too many built without sidemounts, but there is a picture of one on page 281 of Don Butler's Auburn Cord Duesenberg book. The caption for the 1933 "phaeton" says the car is restored, then re-restored with sidemounts added. You can barely see the license plate, but it looks like it may be from Michigan, which might lead one to believe they are one and the same car. The one in the book is a 12-cylinder car, but in your photo, I can't see if the hub says 12 or not.

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Thanks for the information. The picture was taken in north central Wisconsin. The owner (Dan Lillie) has long since gone on to his reward but some other pictures are still around and when my son in law is over I will try to post another. I understand that the car was legendary for its fuel consumption.

Rollie

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That's what Auburn called them, that's why I put it in quotes ("). It is actually a convertible sedan in generic nomenclature. Cadillac was also guilty of mislabeling their convertible sedans, calling them "all-weather phaetons", and Cord (also from the Auburn company) called its convertible victoria a "phaeton." These are just a few examples of the misuse of body style names. Volkswagen currently makes a "phaeton" that isn't even a convertible. Of course, if you go all the way back to horse and buggy days, I believe the phaeton was a closed style, but may have meant that the carriage had four wheels as opposed to two. It's a very confusing subject...

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