1. 1936 Auburn 852 SC Phaeton Convertible

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Lot Number
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From The Tom Gaughen Collection
1936 Auburn 852 SC Phaeton Convertible
Scottsdale Auction

Offered Without Reserve

ESTIMATE: $150,000 - $200,000
CHASSIS NO: GH5481
• Wonderful top-specification example with unbroken provenance
• ACD Club Category 1 Certification with copies on file
• Enviable status as a California vehicle from 1936 to 1999
• Striking bodylines with captivating Art Deco accents
• Touring potential with supercharged engine and Dual Ratio rear axle

280 cid L-head inline eight-cylinder supercharged engine, 150 HP, three-speed manual transmission, Columbia Dual Ratio two-speed rear axle, live front and rear axles with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 127"


Rising from a humble start as the Eckhart Carriage Company, the founder’s sons, Frank and Morris Eckhart built their first single-cylinder horseless carriage in 1900. They soon procured start-up capital and created the Auburn Automobile Company. Two, four, and six-cylinder variations were developed as the company headed into the next decade. In 1924, Errett Lobban Cord stepped on board as Auburn’s General Manager as poor sales pushed the company to the edge of bankruptcy. He observed hundreds of unsold models sitting in the lots of the small town’s factory and implemented a new strategy. Flashy updated paint schemes with brilliantly nickel-plated trim, coupled with savvy marketing, tripled car sales in each of the following three years. By mid-1926, Cord was named president of the company. His keen eye for making a profitable product ushered in innovative concepts, designs, and ultimately tremendous value for consumers. In 1929, Fortune magazine reported the Auburn automobile to be “the biggest package in the world for the price.” However, things were about to change.

The well-known American economic crash of 1929 would ultimately destroy businesses from coast to coast. Thanks greatly to an offering of skillfully styled, well-engineered, and well-built products, the Indiana business remained strong in the beginning. Two significant changes would spark the company once again in 1935. First, the company offered an optional Switzer-Cummins centrifugal supercharger. This increased output by 30 percent to a remarkable 150 horsepower on the Auburn-Lycoming eight-cylinder engines. Next, the brilliant young designer Gordon Buehrig was called to lend his keen eye and take the Auburn cars to a new level. Buehrig redesigned the front end with a new grille and hood line. Auburn’s signature new feature for 1935 was to be supercharging on the top-of-the-line models. Buehrig also incorporated the external exhaust pipes that the American public had come to identify with supercharged engines, largely from the mighty Model SJ Duesenberg.

Exemplifying the power and outstanding value delivered by the last of the Auburn models ever produced, this 1936 Auburn 852 SC Phaeton Convertible is an exceptional find with unbroken ownership history from new. It was sold new to a man in Inglewood, California in 1936, who retained this special car until 1969, when he sold it to Nate Darus of Whittier, California, who kept it until selling it to third owner James D. Collis of Hermosa Beach in California. Mr. Collis had the Auburn restored by Jerry Vanderburg of Jerry’s Auto Restoration in Lake Havasu, Arizona, with the body separated from the frame and the work completed over a 12-year timeframe. Post-restoration, the Auburn was reportedly driven only sparingly, placed into storage, and eventually sold to fourth owner Ed Suddarth, also of California, who in turn sold the car in 1999 to Leon Calvert of New Baltimore, Michigan. The exceptionally good history of this Auburn was nicely chronicled during 2000 in pages of the Side Mount Mirror, the magazine of the Southern California Region of the Classic Car Club of America, including before and after restoration photographs. In July 2004, the consignor, a private collector of some of the finest ACD automobiles, purchased this very special vehicle from Mr. Calvert. Blessed with unbroken ownership history – mostly in sunny California, this 1936 Auburn 852 SC Phaeton Convertible is also rightly recognized by the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Club as a Category 1 Original Car – the highest accolade possible, with copies of the certification package included with the sale of the vehicle. Very nicely presented, it also stands as a Full Classic automobile with the Classic Car Club of America, adding to the many desirable shows, tours, and events where this outstanding automobile will surely gather many admirers.

1936 Auburn 852 SC Phaeton Convertible
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