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Auburn 851 Speedster: a question of engineering

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12 Apr 2004 11:08 #1570 by Leo
I am currently fact-checking a book that takes a look at classic car design. One of the cars featured in the book is the Auburn 851 Speedster. But I have a small, yet significant, gap to fill...

...can anyone confirm the names of the key engineers that worked on this project or the individuals responsible overall for its engineering?

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13 Apr 2004 18:42 #1571 by Auburn/Cord Parts
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The 1935 851 Speedster was a rework of the 1931-33 Speedster body adapted to the, new in 1934, Auburn chassis with the latest 1935 "GH" series engine from Lycoming with the supercharger added. The 1931-33 Speedster body was designed by Alan H. Leamy and the rework of the updated body was by Gordon M. Buehrig. Both of these men were employed by The Auburn Automobile Company. However, Gordon had previously worked at Duesenberg as well. The 1931-33 bodies were engineered and built by the Union City Body Co. in Union City, Indiana. The reworked bodies were also rebuilt by them and then later 1936, all new Speedster bodies, were built in the Auburn plant. Union City Body was an independant vendor to Auburn and had no ownership from the Auburn/Cord organization. During the years 1934-36 Herb Snow moved from Chief Engineer up to V.P. of Engineering. George Kublin was then Chief Engineer until Nov. 1935 and when Stanley Thomas replaced George until the end of production. These men would also work on the 1936-37 Cord FWD.

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19 Apr 2004 16:50 #1602 by Leo
Dear Stan,

Many thanks for this information - very useful and very much appreciated.

Best regards,

Lee

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