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Lot Number
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1935 Auburn 851 Cabriolet
Scottsdale Auction

ESTIMATE: $110,000 - $130,000
CHASSIS NO: GG3568
• One of less than 50 examples known
• Comprehensive restoration, original drivetrain
• Exquisite color combination
• CCCA Full Classic®, eligible for a myriad of events including ACD Club and CCCA

280 cid Lycoming straight eight-cylinder engine rated at 150 HP, Columbia two-speed rear end, solid front and rear axles with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic brakes; wheelbase: 127"


America had many automobile companies in the early 1930s and Auburn left its mark as one of the greats. Although long gone, it is affectionately remembered for its incredible cars and interesting history and was originally started by Charles Eckhart who moved to Auburn, Indiana in 1874. Following the move to Indiana, Charles started the Eckhart Carriage company. After many years it was time to retire and the company was left to his sons. Around the turn of the century, the two brothers built the Auburn Automobile Company, making them one of the first automobile companies on the scene. Through the World War I period, they made rapid advancements in their designs, but commercial and financial success was more elusive. In 1919, the Eckhart brothers sold their controlling interest in the company to a group of wealthy businessmen from Chicago, including William Wrigley, Jr., the owner of Wrigley Chewing Gum. The new investors were able to revive the pulse of the business, but they failed to realize their anticipated profits. In 1924, the group approached the soon-to-be legendary Errett Loban Cord, a highly successful automobile salesman, with an offer to run the company. Through his ingenuity and titan-like business skills, Cord was able to quickly sell off all of Auburn’s unsold inventory and turn the fortunes of the company around. By 1926, Cord had taken control of the business and became the president of the Auburn Motor Company.

Throughout the ‘Roaring Twenties’ and into the early ‘30s, Cord quickly grew the business and began building his automotive empire through acquisition after acquisition of rival companies. In 1935, the Auburn 851 Cabriolet was produced with a beautiful design by Gordon Buehrig. This new design, featuring a new very powerful fascia and broad fenders, really made a high impact in the car industry during the ‘30s, forever leaving an imprint of being one of the prettiest cars of its era.

The 1935 Auburn 851 Cabriolet offered here comes from a significant collection in the Midwest. Often times, the rarity of the Cabriolet is underappreciated. A very usable and attractive car, there are currently less than 50 examples listed in the ACD Roster for both 1935 and 1936 model years.

This particular Auburn Cabriolet features a comprehensive restoration, performed in the 2000s and completed to high standards. It shows an exceptional level of detail, from the beautiful red piping on the black canvas top to the chrome trim finishes surrounding the rare Motorola radio. Design cues continue down to the spectacularly detailed undercarriage and darting two-tone paint finish that complements the pleasing bodylines that are remiss of sidemounts in favor of the more attractive and streamlined rear mounted spare. The two-speed Columbia rear-end gives highway speed enjoyment and the recent service has it well-prepared for events and classic car tours including ACD Club and CCCA Caravans. A welcome entrant to a myriad of events, this rare, attractive and desirable 851 Cabriolet is a head-turner that’s ready to be driven and enjoyed.

1935 Auburn 851 Cabriolet
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