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The Idling Auburn: 1928

The Idling Auburn: 1928

San Francisco circa 1928. "Auburn sedan." Latest exhibit in the Shorpy Diorama of Disappeared Dreadnoughts. Glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.


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The weight

Looking at the wheels and the brake drums, you have to think of the gross weight of that monster. Just the frame supporting the sunshade over the windshield was probably a significant casting.

In the 1970's in a college statistics course I did a regression analysis of auto mileage and fuel efficiency and suggested from that nice linear plot that auto manufacturers would respond to the "energy crisis" by reducing weight, then work on significant transformation of the internal combustion process. They sure did the first and continue to do the second, though it is remarkable how persistent the gasoline powered internal combustion engine is. Merely a refinement of what was under the hood of the beast in the photo.

I do like the wheels.

On the wheel

Is the chromed lever in the center of the steering wheel some kind of spark advance? I thought that would have been automatic by now.

Windshield frame

That is the strangest windshield frame I've ever seen.


is the appropriate term for these vehicles, they are large enough to to haul large logs.

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