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1934 Auburn 1250 Twelve Sedan

    Production of the Auburn automobile began in 1900. The company was founded by the Eckhart brothers, former carriage builders in Auburn, Indiana. After World War I, the government was slow to pay automakers for war work and Auburn cars could be sold due to lack of instruments, which Auburn could not pay for. The company was saved when hotshot Moon car salesman, Erret Lobban Cord, took charge. He dressed up the Auburns and soon owned the company. He later combined Auburn with Duesenberg and created the stylish, front-drive Cord. The company ended production in 1936 due to the Depression.

    The Auburn V-12 engine was a powerhouse. With Ab Jenkins at the wheel of an Auburn, it set many speed records, some of which survived until after World War II. The engine was later used as a fire truck engine by American LaFrance until the mid-1960s.

    Despite the failing economy and declining sales caused by the Depression, luxury automakers such as Cadillac and Packard began introducing larger, more powerful 12 and 16-cylinder engines. To keep pace, Auburn unveiled its new V12 Lycoming engine in 1932, which became the least expensive twelve-cylinder engine ever marketed. The 391 cubic-inch engine offered 160 horsepower and cost the company over $1 million to design and tool, yet the lowest-priced car sold for as little as $975. However, sales struggled, and 1934 was the last year for the Auburn V12.

    Auburn's V12 may have been a steal for new car buyers when it was introduced in 1932 but it was no bargain for the company. The engine project cost one million Depression-era dollars which was never recouped. Like the Duesenberg straight eight, the Auburn Twelve was built by Cord's Lycoming division. The V12's unique architecture included a 45-degree bank angle, four main bearings, and a single camshaft operating horizontal 'semi-overhead' valves via long rocker arms. Displacing 391 cubic inches and featuring a separate intake manifold and carburetor for each bank, it developed 160 horsepower.

    Auburn introduced an upscale Salon series for 1933 in an attempt to boost lagging sales. The Salon featured more chrome, fancier bumpers, an upgraded interior, and a v-shaped windshield and rode on a 127-inch wheelbase. The Salon series continued in 1934 on the Model 1250.

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    1934 Auburn 1250 Twelve Auction Sales

    Recent Sales of the Auburn 1250 Twelve

    (Data based on Model Year 1934 sales)
    1934 Auburn Twelve Salon Cabriolet
    Sold for USD$440,000
      2023 RM Sothebys : Hershey
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    1934 Auburn Twelve Salon Speedster
    Chassis#: 12165 1935 E
    Sold for USD$467,000
      2023 RM Sothebys : Monterey
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    1934 Auburn Twelve Salon Phaeton
    Chassis#: 1062H
    Sold for USD$351,500
      2022 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Auburn Auction
     
    1934 Auburn 1250 Salon Phaeton Sedan
    Chassis#: 1250 1064 H
    Sold for USD$207,200
      2022 RM Sothebys : Monterey
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    1934 Auburn Twelve Salon Speedster
    Chassis#: 1250 1122 E
    Sold for USD$313,500
      2016 RM Sothebys : Arizona
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    1934 AUBURN 12-165 SALON CONVERTIBLE
    Chassis#: 1091F
    Sold for USD$360,852
      2015 Bonhams : The Frederiksen Auction
     
    1934 Auburn Twelve Salon Speedster
    Chassis#: 192
    Sold for USD$506,000
      2015 RM Sotheby's : Motor City Auction
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    1934 Auburn Twelve Salon Cabriolet
    Chassis#: 1201 F
    Sold for USD$401,500
      2015 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
    1934 Auburn 1250 Twelve image  1934 Auburn 1250 Twelve image  
    1934 Auburn Twelve Salon Cabriolet
    Chassis#: BB2063
    Sold for USD$319,000
      2014 WorldWide Auctions - The Houston Classic Motorcar Auction
     
    1934 Auburn Twelve Salon Speedster
    Chassis#: 1122E
    Sold for USD$286,000
      2014 RM Auctions - Amelia Island
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    1934 Auburn 12 Salon Cabriolet
    Chassis#: 1091F
    Sold for USD$473,000
      2012 Worldwide - The Auburn Auction
     
    1934 AUBURN TWELVE SALON PHAETON
    Sold for USD$292,600
      2011 Auctions America - Auburn Fall Auction
     
    1934 AUBURN 1250 SALON CABRIOLET
    Sold for USD$253,000
      2009 Barrett-Jackson - Palm Beach 2009
     
    1934 Auburn Twelve Salon Phaeton Sedan
    Sold for USD$319,000
      2009 Automobiles of Arizona
     
    1934 Auburn Twelve Salon Phaeton
    Sold for USD$176,000
      2003 Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island
     

    Auburn 1250 Twelves That Failed To Sell At Auction

    1934 Auburn 1250 Twelve's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
    VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
    1934 Auburn Twelve Salon Phaeton1250 1064 H2016 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island$325,000$375,000$450,000

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