Al Leamy restyled the Auburn line-up in 1934. It was not well received and by mid-1934, production was halted and improvements began. Gordon Buehrig was given a $50,000 budget and tasked with improving the styling. The results were sensational. Changes included a handsome grille, semi-pontoon front fenders, and an enlarged hood. The ride and handling were greatly improved and the company declared in their sales brochures the latest Gordon Buehrig designs as being 'Exclusive-Distinctive-Individual.'
This 1935 Auburn 851 Cabriolet was an original vehicle prior to its show-quality restoration by a noted Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg expert. It is painted in Indiana Beige exterior and accented by its flawless chrome work. There is a burgundy convertible top, a burgundy leather interior, and a matching rumble seat. There is a flying goddess hood ornament and side emblems, dual chromed driving lights, a hard-covered side-mounted spare tire, and dual chrome side view mirrors.
In 2008, this car was brought to the 2nd Annual Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey presented by RM Auctions where it was estimated to sell for $140,000 - $165,000. Those estimates were proven accurate when the lot was sold for $140,250 including buyer's premium.