Auburn Automobile Co. started making single-cylinder runabouts in 1902. Business giant E.L. Cord gained control of the company in 1924, adding Duesenberg in 1926.
The Auburn 8-100 is often referred to as a “baby Duesenberg” since it's seen as a masterpiece of automotive design. Cars with an “A” designation mean it was a custom order. The car was powered by an eight-cylinder Lycoming engine that produced 100 horsepower. The engine had a three-speed transmission and utilized four-wheel mechanical brakes.
Custom models added features such as side mounted spare tire, a Columbia dual ratio rear axle, chrome headlights and taillights and ride control.
The factory price of the custom model, four-door sedan in early 1932 was $1,145. There were 11,347 Auburns shipped from the factory for the 1932 calendar year. It was an upper-scale competitor to the “working class” Ford Delivery Sedan.