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Date: Jul. 30, 2014

1935 Auburn Boattail Speedster – “The Honeymoon Auburn” – One of the Stars at 7th Annual The Auburn Auction

AUBURN, IN, July 30, 2014 – There’s a lot to appreciate when you’re looking at a stunning 1935 Auburn 851SC Boattail Speedster. But one with this kind of history – involving a single owner’s cherished attention and TLC for 45 years – raises not only the eyebrows, but the automobile’s prestige, and appeal.

Known as the "Honeymoon Auburn," the sleek 851SC Speedster has been described as one of the most desirable cars of the Classic era. It will be one of the stars of this Labor Day weekend’s 7th Annual The Auburn Auction, conducted by Worldwide Auctioneers, on Saturday, August 30, in the original L-29 Cord Building, now part of the National Automobile and Truck Museum (formerly NATMUS). Pre-auction estimates for this Speedster stand at $450,000 to $550,000.

"There aren’t many Supercharged Boattail Speedsters left, with only a select few of these being ACD certified,” said John Kruse, Principal and Auctioneer at Worldwide. “To acquire one with an even more interesting and individually important history is an opportunity that seldom presents itself and will certainly not be duplicated."

Virgil Sciolaro purchased the Auburn in 1945 when he was 18 years old, inspired by his admiration for the Speedster owned by his older brother. Besides the distinction of driving around his home town of Kansas City in such a fetching automobile, Virgil may have had other motives, since a short time later he was seen squiring around a striking young woman named Delores. As numerous and captivating photos can attest, the car gleams in the background – and sometimes front and center – in countless photographs throughout their courting days. The couple used it for double dates occasionally. Delores recalls how much fun they had stuffing in four people – two in the front and two in the back, where perhaps a large suitcase would fit comfortably.

When Virgil and Delores were married in June of 1948, Virgil had the foresight to hide the Auburn to pre-empt pranksters from decorating it. No doubt, he wanted a clean get-away to their honeymoon destination to Osage Beach, Mo., by way of the Hotel Bothwell in Sedalia.

It’s easy to picture the dashing appearance the couple made wherever they went in the ensuing years. Because it was the only car they owned, it was their snazzy ride on numerous motor trips and vacations. They got a lot of mileage out of one excursion, which involved getting the car stuck in mud up to the axles while driving off a ferry in the Ozarks.

Virgil continued driving their "Honeymoon car" daily; he took Delores to her bookkeeper job at Montgomery Ward then drove to the General Motors Leeds plant, where he worked for three decades. It bugged him when well meaning car lovers would lift the hood and ding it on the lights. He figured out a way to "French" them into the fenders and this feature has always made his car stand out in the already small crowd of Speedsters. Around 1952, after the Sciolaros’ daughter, Diana, came along, Virgil decided the Speedster, while still very important to the family, would become more of a special occasions car.

Today, the Speedster still exhibits the panache and importance it did when it rolled off the line in 1935. Its red leather interior is still a showy contrast to the “Cigarette Cream” exterior paint. The automobile has the same reclining windshield, and the long, dramatic tail looks as much as if it’s been sculpted by the wind as ever.

The Honeymoon Auburn is just one of the important motorcars in Worldwide’s auction line-up this year, along with a 1929 Cord L-29 Town Car, with custom coachwork by d'leteren Fréres; an ACD Club-certified 1931 Cord L-29 Convertible Sedan in fantastic condition; and a pristine 1934 Packard Twelve 1108 Convertible Sedan with custom coachwork by Dietrich.

"We're pleased to be offering the Honeymoon Auburn which fits nicely into our offering of other important motorcars,” noted Rod Egan, Principal & Chief Auctioneer at Worldwide Auctioneers.

Besides these important classic cars, a number of spectacular “modern” cars will go under the gavel, including a 1955 Hudson Italia Coupe, one of only 26 examples ever produced; a 1962 Porsche 356B Cabriolet in factory black with a red interior; and a beautifully restored 1974 Ferrari 246 GTS Dino.

About Worldwide: Worldwide Auctioneers provides primary services to collectors of classic and vintage automobiles. Significant individual entries and collections to the The Auburn Auction are still invited. Information regarding the acquisition and sale of classic motorcars, appraisals, private treaty sales, collection management, estate planning and consultancy is available. Worldwide’s resources and expertise also extend to the valuation and transfer of significant assets such as real estate, antiques, fine art and high quality collectibles. Find bidder registration and admission details at: http://www.worldwide-auctioneers.com/auctions/au14.cfm?id=4

About the Auburn-Cord Duesenberg Festival: Held in Auburn, Indiana, every week/weekend prior to Labor Day, the annual ACD Festival celebrates and promotes automobile heritage. For details, visit: http://acdfestival.org/>
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