September 8, 2019 -- 1932 Auburn 12-160A
On display in the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum (Auburn, Indiana) This 1932 Auburn Speedster nicknamed “Beelzebub” was owned by Sam Collier, of New York’s Collier Advertising dynasty. Sam was instrumental in forming the Automobile Racing Club of America in the 1930s.
The vehicle was modified for racing by adding small windshields, a large tachometer, additional lamps and the copper cooling coil seen atop the radiator (closeup of that coil can be viewed here -- https://franks-focus.smugmug.com/Travel/Indiana/Auburn/i-7hBWWFj/A
In 1933, the vehicle was raced in Europe against smaller cars such as MGs, Bugattis and Ford Model As and it took top honors at the 1936 Cotton Carnival Road Race in Memphis, Tennessee. The car sits on a 132-inch wheelbase with weight of over 2-tons (4235 lbs) and is powered by a Lycoming V-12 motor producing a whoppinig 160 HP.
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