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Bright Eyes: 1931

Bright Eyes: 1931

San Francisco circa 1931. "Auburn at Golden Gate Park." This feline phaeton is the latest entry in the Shorpy Catalog of Discontinued Conveyances. 5x7 inch glass negative by automotive amanuensis Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

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Auburns of almost any description were decided bargains in the '30s, offering splendid performance, mechanical excellence, and beautiful factory bodies that rivaled those available from brands like Packard and Cadillac, and for a relative pittance.

Lamentably, Auburn and its siblings, the legendary Duesenberg and the innovative Cord, suffered not only from a hostile economic climate in which to market but also from the disastrous financial machinations of company CEO E.L. Cord, and had disappeared by 1937.

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