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YAK Car Pic of the Day

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Happened to be in downtown Buffalo yesterday, and passed by the Pierce-Arrow Museum on Chicago Street, where outside is parked this 1936 Auburn Speedster replica. At a glance you can tell the replicas from the originals by the modern wire wheels. The replicas were in production from 1968 to 1981, built by the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Company of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and originally priced at $8,450. Equipped with modern Ford powertrains, by the end of the run prices were running in the low 30s (back in the 1930s, the original Auburn Speedster sold for around $1,700 — now they’re going for six-figures). Other manufacturers got into the act eventually, but these ACD cars are probably the closest to the real thing. See the original 1936 brochure here.

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Original 1936 Speedster brochure cover art

Original 1936 Speedster brochure cover art

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know