Looking for bits of wisdom towards purchase of 2nd Gen/Replica

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08 Aug 2017 01:27 #33388 by LeifHemy

Curt Schulze wrote: There are a few on eBay right now. Give me a call, I am in the directory.


It's great to know that we have various contacts to ask from. I might give this a try as well. :)

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04 Sep 2018 03:31 #35332 by Gregb1954
We purchased a Speedster Motorcars Boattail last April, and drove it to the Festival this year from Carmel, Indiana. It is about a 3 hour drive on country roads. Lots of bug splatters! We had a great time parked next to 16 other 2nd gen's and made some great, new friends! So happy to be a part of the club and being around such beautiful cars.
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08 Apr 2019 19:47 - 08 Apr 2019 19:47 #36968 by jivanty
Hello folks. We just started looking for a replica Auburn and have seen 3 thus far. I understand that the Glenn Pray cars are considered the top dog, but would like to know what other things I should know or be aware of. This could include like manufacturers that are good, or not so good. Thank you in advance! Vidmate iTunes Notepad++
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09 Apr 2019 01:42 #36970 by Gregb1954
Hi jivanty. The Glenn Pray's are wonderful in they have been recognized as being built as an official 2nd gen. They are solid cars with authentic exhaust routed through the pipes exiting the engine compartment. They attention to original detail is wonderful. They are sought after and hold their value. With that said I looked at a California Custom and Speedster Motor Cars. We ended up buying a Speedster as we were impressed with the modern drive train, actually has a supercharger, and a purpose-built chassis with 4 wheel disc brakes. The suspension was too firm for us so we changed out the coil-over springs and now it rides smoother. They appear to be the most expensive right now. Most important thing is to go where the car is and check it out BEFORE buying. Remember that many of these were built in the 70's and 80's and are 40+ years old. Our Speedster was built in 2011. Good luck, they are beauties, including the California's and probably the Elegant Motors too!!!

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11 Apr 2019 03:43 - 13 Jun 2019 00:43 #36980 by AuburnNut
Jivanty. Regarding various Speedsters available, I think it’s difficult to definitively say one builder is better than others. Personal preference will guide your choice to a large extent, along with build quality and any budgetary considerations you may have. Under Personal Preferences you can consider....
1) Design differences of one speedster vs another and decide what’s important to you.
A) MECHANICALS: choose either a modern fuel injected engine and 4 speed transmission or whether you are happy to have an older style engine with 3 speed transmission. Of course you can buy a car with older mechanicals and upgrade to something more modern if you are up for a project
B) BODY FEATURES: choose from a regular 2 seater style (most common) or a 4 seater style (harder to find). Decide if you like a certain number of exhausts exiting the hood area. Glenn Pray proponents appear to get excited about the fact that the stainless exhausts in those cars contain real exhaust pipes (similar to the original Auburn) whereas most other manufacturers have non functional stainless exhausts. I don’t really care about that feature, but rather it always annoys me to see later 2nd gen Glenn Pray cars with only 2 exhausts exiting the hood area, versus the original cars which had 4 exhausts. I think 2 exhausts looks really weird. Most other manufacturers have 4 exhausts, but 4 on each side of the car. The original Auburn only has 4 exhausts exiting the driver side of the car. I like the balance of 4 exhausts on each side, so it doesn’t worry me. Another feature on Glenn Pray cars that I personally don’t like is the additional body panel that sits next to the rear wheel arches. It accommodates the higher chassis rail design that Pray engineered around the rear wheels. No other manufacturer used this approach to my knowledge, and it is in my opinion a significant negative design departure by Pray compared to the original Gordon Buehrig design of the Auburn Speedster. It is the principal reason I have chosen not to have a late model Glenn Pray car. That being said, they are still great cars. In fact Glenn’s very rare early replicas used a number of original Auburn parts....but are very rare, and very hard to find. The majority of a Glenn Pray cars are the later standard design my comments reflect.
Another major difference in body features concerns how the hood operates. An original Auburn Speedster has two hood leaves, and it pivots in the Centre. Some replicas have a single large hood which does not pivot in the Centre (like the Pray car’s) but rather on the side of the car. I like it pivoting in the Centre. It makes the body look more authentic to me.
Another Body difference concerns how the convertible top flap looks. Some replicas have these that are too large in my opinion, and differ from the original.
Another body design feature which differs concerns the fuel cap style and location. The original car has a fuel cap on the passenger side, near to the rear passenger side headlight. Some replicas have them located on the wrong side (driver side) while others have them incorrectly located on the vertical surface of the rear Boattail section.
There are other differences, but this note is getting too long. At some point I plan to write an article showing the differences between the various manufacturers when compared to the original.
Anyway, I chose an Elegant Motors speedster. I like their design and attention to detail.
Hope this helps. Regards Jerome
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11 Apr 2019 11:50 #36981 by Curt Schulze
The first 17 or so of the Glen Pray speedsters were equipped with original Auburn straight eight engines with original super chargers and frames as well. They were sold mostly as kits. No two were alike as they ran out of parts . It wasn't until later, when they ran out of frames etc. that the bodies were modified to accommodate the Ford chassis rear springs. The early Glen Pray cars are the ones to look for. They are real foolers.

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