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Argonne 1919-1920

The Argonne Motor Co. located in Jersey City, New Jersey City built the Argonne. Most sources state the company was in business from 1919-1920, but I have these photos of an Argonne with 1918 NY license plates on it. This could have been a picture of the prototype; there were only 24 of these boat-tail roadsters built.

The headlight lenses on early cars had patterns to channel the light where the manufacture wanted it to go. These are certainly interesting lenses on this vehicle.

The standard engine was a 4-cylinder built by Buda. The Buda Engine Co. was founded in 1881 and Based in Harvey, Illinois. Buda advertisements in the early 1900’s proclaimed Buda as “Pioneer of the cast-in-block” method. Their engines featured long stroke, enclosed valves, noiseless timing gears, and self-contained oiling system. Early four-cylinder gasoline-fueled models produced 30 to 60 bhp. Buda Engine Company was acquired by Allis-Chalmers in 1953. By the 1920’s I think the Contenintal engine was more popular for auto builders who did not make their own engines. Continental Motors Company built engines for automobiles from 1905 until the 1960’s. An upgrade to a Rochester-Duesenberg engine was available for the Argonne.

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1929 Auburn

Auburn 1900-1936
The Auburn Automobile Company was established in 1900 when Frank and Morris Eckhart of the Eckhart Carriage Company of Auburn, Indiana (est. 1874) began experimenting with hand built cars. By 1903, Cycle and Automobile Trade Journal reported that a single-cylinder, Auburn gasoline engine car for 1903 could be bought for $1,400, including side lamps and a tool kit.

In 1919 Auburn introduced a new 26 hp six, built by continental Engine Company, but it failed to boost sales. Errett Cord became the first General Manager when he was only 30 years old in 1924. Cord’s leadership brought the company new designs and delivered Auburn out of the sales slump.

In 1928 the first boat-tailed speedster was introduced. This car was capable of speeds of over 108 mph at a time when many manufactures were bragging about 60 or 70mph. The design of this car has had long lasting inspiration. There were a couple of companies in the 70’s to build a kit car replica of the Auburn boat-tail.

In 1966, Auburn USA (not related) started building a complete replica Auburn built on a Corvette chassis and drive train. Buick tried that boat-tail inspiration on the design of the 1971-1973 Riviera.

In 1929 the Auburn models were available from $995.00 to $2,095.00. Over 22,000 new Auburns were sold in 1929.

Rick Robinson

The Automobiles of 1929

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