1929 Auburn Model 125F Cabriolet. $63000.00 It is a totally original car that has sat in a garage since 1962. It has its original engine and transmission. It is likely the most unique Auburn in the world as it was converted to steam in Circa 1934 by its original owner who invented some technology related to steam power and wished to put it to use prior to applying for a US patent.
The car was purchased new in 1929 by Osmond Campbell of Saint Joseph, Missouri. He drove the car for a few years and during that time, the Great Depression hit. The result for him was that the Auburn was now nearly worthless to trade in on his new car so when he purchased his new car, he kept the Auburn to try out a new invention related to steam power and operation. As a result, in 1934, he converted the car to steam power.
Campbell kept the car until at least the mid-1940's. There are pages and pages of documentation during his ownership including schematics, descriptions, drawings, letters with various suppliers and letters between him and the Department of Commerce seeking and being granted a patent approval. Also in the file are archival photos of the car from the 1940's.
At some point believed to be in the late 1940's, the car was sold to a Walter Deitchman of Kansas City, Missouri. He kept the car until January of 1962 when he sold the car to Chris Linschoten of Salt Lake City, Utah. I purchased the car out of his garage from his estate.
The car has the steam engine installed with all of its original steam components. In a crate with the car is its original engine (eight cylinder) and various parts removed during the conversion to steam.
Buyer gets the following:
Complete car with steam engine still installed
Crate with original engine and parts
All original documentation with the car
Original barn find photos, vintage photos of the car (barn find photos are digital)
Likely, one of the most interesting and talked about cars at any ACD or steam car event..
I purchased it hoping to make it run. My shop is not a steam shop and does not have the knowledge base to properly and safely make it run so I am selling.
Inspections invited and welcomed by any seriously interested party. For those interested in the technology, Here is a web link that shows all of the documents with the car:
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