Inline-eight automotive engines are a technology of the past. Today, they’re seen as too difficult to package thanks to their length, but they had a good run. For decades, the smooth power delivery of eight cylinders in a row was a status symbol, appearing in luxury marques and eventually trickling down into more mainstream brands. Poring over the upcoming auctions from RM Sotheby’s, Bonhams, and Mecum, as we prepare for the upcoming Amelia Island Concours and Mecum Indy festivities, it’s easy to see where and how the straight-eight shined. No doubt the I-8’s rich sound is best appreciated from behind the wheel, without a roof overhead. Here are five examples that pair the smooth luxury engine layout with gorgeous droptop lines.
1929 Duesenberg Model J ‘Disappearing Top’ Torpedo by Murphy