When the Auburn Boattail Speedster was introduced, it carried a price tag of $2,245 which meant about a $300 loss for the company. The reasoning behind this method was that the attractive car would lure buyers into the showroom, who may purchase the less expensive, but more profitable, models.
This example is a 1935 Auburn 851 SC Boattail Speedster that has been dubbed 'The Arlington Speedster.' It was owned by Charles G. Arlington from 1905 through 1989. Arlington was from North Hollywood, California and was a prominent radio and television announcer in Los Angeles and San Francisco. He was the owner of this car, and its sibling, which was separated by only one digit on the serial number. Both cars were restored to high standards by Arlington while in his care.
Both of Arlington's cars appeared in many movies and magazines. Eventually, both cars were sold with one going to Phil Hedback of Indianapolis who kept the car for twenty years before donating it to the ACD Museum in 1987. The other car, this example with chassis number 33222E, used this car as a model for replicas that he produced. The replicas were built from 1967 through 1975 with a fiberglass body and a variety of Ford V8 engines.
The car was treated to a restoration in the mid-nineties and was later judged by the Classic Car Club of America as a 1st Place Price example.
This example was offered for sale at the 2007 RM Auctions held in Meadow Brook where it was expected to sell between $450,000 - $550,000. The restoration is still very fresh and it is one of the nicest, most original, and well preserved examples in existence. At auction, bidders felt the same way and energetically bid the selling price up to $506,000.