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Auburn 852 Speedster

The 852 served as the last model the great Auburn company would produce. Despite plans to produce further evolutions of the 852, the factory shut down in October of 1937 with the Cord Empire.

The 852 itself was an evolution of the 1925 Auburn 8-88. The name is rooted with the Inline-8 which originally produced 68 horse power. By 1930, the same engine was supercharged, upgraded to 115 horse power and name Speedster was adopted to reflect it.

The most unique feature of the 852 or 851 was a dual-ratio differential. For steep acceleration, the differential would use a 4.5:1 ratio. Once the car was up to speed, the driver could select a slower, 3.0:1 ratio via a lever on the steering wheel.
 

Specifications

Year

1936

Make

Auburn

Model

852 Speedster

Base Price

$2 245 USD

Engine & Transmission
Position Front Longitudinal
Configuration Water Cooled, Inline-8
Valvetrain 2 Valves per Cyl
Displacement 4589 cc / 280.0 cu in
Power 111.9 kw / 150.1 bhp @ 4000 rpm
Torque 311.8 nm / 230.0 ft lbs @ 2750 rpm
Bore 77.78 mm / 3.06 in
Stroke 120.6 mm / 4.75 in
Redline Not Available
HP / Litre 32.71 bhp per litre
HP / Curb Weight  
Gear Type 3-Speed Manual
1st Gear Ratio 2.86:1
2nd Gear Ratio 1.68:1
3rd Gear Ratio 1.00:1
4th Gear Ratio Not Available
5th Gear Ratio Not Available
6th Gear Ratio Not Available
7th Gear Ratio Not Available
Final Drive Ratio 3.1:1 or 4.5:1 selected ratio

 Performance

Top Speed

167.4 kph / 104.0 mph

0 - mile

19.5 seconds

0 - 60 mph

15.0 seconds

Body / Chassis
Drive Wheels RWD
Curb Weight 1699 kg / 3746 lbs
Length 4938 mm / 194.4 in
Width 1816 mm / 71.5 in
Height 1473 mm / 58.0 in
Wheelbase 3226 mm / 127.0 in
Front Track 1488 mm / 58.6 in
Rear Track 1575 mm / 62.0 in
Steering Worm & Peg
Body / Frame Steel Body on Steel Cross-Braced Chassis
Front Brakes Lockheed Drums w/Hydraulic Assist
Front Brake Size Not Available
Rear Brakes Lockheed Drums w/Hydraulic Assist
Rear Brake Size Not Available
Front Wheels Not Available
Rear Wheels Not Available
Front Tires 6.5x15
Rear Tires 6.5x15
Front Suspension Non-Independant w/ Semi-Elliptic Leaf Springs, Hydraulic Dampers
Rear Suspension Live Axle w/ Semi-Elliptic Leaf Springs, Hydraulic Dampers