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Please note that this vehicle is titled by the last four digits of its chassis number.
Joe Bridgeman, Washington (acquired circa 1969)Jack Goffette, Lynnwood, Washington (acquired from the above in 2007)Worldwide Auctioneers, Auburn, Indiana (acquired from the above in 2013)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
By far the most sporting member of the newly revised Auburn line was the Alan Leamy-designed Boattail Speedster that debuted in 1931. Its emboldened radiator shell, high hood line, and rounded cowl flowed perfectly through the cockpit and then tapered from elegant compound curves to a sharply angled tail. With the Speedster, Auburn had established a new calling card that, as intended, elevated the popularity of the entire Auburn product line. This impressively presented 8-100A Speedster began a restoration journey under the ownership of Joe Bridgeman, who acquired the car in 1969. For Mr. Bridgeman, the Auburn represented a nearly four-decade, part-time project. In that time, he had renewed the engine and finished most of the chassis components, returning the chassis to running condition. Seattle-area resident Jack Goffette, who had known of the ongoing restoration since it was initiated, purchased the remarkably complete but still-disassembled Speedster from Mr. Bridgeman in 2007, and immediately set about completing the car to show standards.
Mr. Goffette took special care in the restoration of the body, as Seattle-based experts worked to preserve as much of the original metal and structural wood as possible, with relatively little sheet metal having to be replaced. Holman’s Body and Fender Shop finished the restored Speedster in striking jet-black paintwork, and Classic Auto Interiors completed the black leather interior. Set off by gloss black wire wheels and blackwall tires, the Speedster’s svelte, monochromatic shape was beautifully accented with chrome work by Mastercraft Metal Finishing. When the work was complete, the car was appropriately accented with a thin pinstripe of bright blue on the body and fenders, and a single, centrally mounted Pilot-Ray driving and cornering lamp. In 2013, Mr. Goffette sold the Auburn, and not long afterward it became an important car among the American Classics in the current owner’s world-renowned private collection. The Auburn has seen expert care and in-house maintenance as necessary throughout its years in residence.
Desirably equipped with a Columbia Dual-Ratio rear axle behind its 100 bhp Lycoming straight eight and three-speed transmission, the black Speedster would make an excellent choice for CCCA shows and tours and a host of other concours and driving events. This example has not been widely exhibited since its restoration was completed, allowing its next caretaker to have the thrill of displaying the Speedster at events around the globe.
Every iteration of Auburn’s Boattail Speedster, from 1928 through 1936, was built to grab the attention of onlookers and elevate the status of its passengers. Today, more than 85 years later, this appealing 8-100A is still comfortable being the center of attention.