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1935 Auburn Model 851

Chassis number : 33811E

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Sold for $517,000 at 2013 RM Auctions - Arizona.
The Auburn 851 Supercharged Speedster had 150 horsepower which was sent to a Columbia dual ratio rear axle, standard equipment on the supercharged models, which provided two ratios for each gear, one low and one high. The driver could change the ratios as often as desired, while at very low speeds or at a stop, by moving the switch in the center of the steering wheel. This made the vehicle suitable for driving through crowded cities and sweeping down country lanes.

Inside each Speedster on the dashboard was a plaque inscribed, 'This certifies that this AUBURN AUTOMOBILE has been driven 100.8 miles per hour before shipment.' It was signed by David 'Ab' Jenkins, the speed record driver who achieved some of his greatest successes at Bonneville behind the wheel of a late Auburn Speedster.

This example is one of a believed total of about 150 last generation Speedsters built. It has its original frame and body, and still carries its original chassis tag applied by the factory in 1935.

It is believed that this example was shown at the New York Automobile Show. The car was purchased by a gentleman from Long Beach, California who used it until his passing several years later. It then passed through owners in California and Washington before Doug Doyle of Oregon acquired it in May of 1957. The car had been restored by then-owner Hal Resch in 1950. At the time, the damaged original engine had been replaced with a new one supplied by the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Company.

In the 1970s, the Auburn was acquired in a trade by Luigi Chinetti. The car was sold by Chinetti Jr. in 1984 to the Imperial Palace of Las Vegas, and it went shortly thereafter to Peter Kaus for his Rosso Bianco Museum in Aschaffenburg, Germany. The car was part of that museum until its dispersal in the early 21st century, at which time it was acquired by Ton Meijer for his daughter. Ownership later passed to a prominent collection in Texas, from which the car was acquired by its present owner. In the current ownership, the car underwent an extensive ground-up restoration. It is finished in a period-correct Ivory, while the interior was re-upholstered in maroon leather with a complementing new black top.

In 2013, the car was offered for sale in Scottsdale, Arizona by RM Auctions. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $517,000 including buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2013

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2013 RM Auctions - Arizona

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $500,000-USD $650,000 
Sale Price :
USD $517,000

1935 Auburn Model 851 Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Auburn Model 851

(Data based on Model Year 1935 sales)
1935 Auburn 851 Supercharged Cabriolet Conversion
Chassis#: 2539M
Sold for USD$72,000
  2022 RM Sothebys : Fort Lauderdale
 
1935 Auburn Eight Supercharged Speedster
Chassis#: 851 33734 E
Sold for USD$891,000
  2021 RM Sothebys : Hershey
1935 Auburn Model 851 image  1935 Auburn Model 851 image  
1935 AUBURN 851 CUSTOM CABRIOLET
Chassis#: 33141M
Sold for USD$82,500
  2021 Barrett-Jackson : Las Vegas
 
1935 AUBURN 851 SUPERCHARGED BOATTAIL SPEEDSTER
Chassis#: 2094
Sold for USD$456,000
  2021 Bonhams : Amelia Island Auction
1935 Auburn Model 851 image  1935 Auburn Model 851 image  
1935 Auburn Eight Supercharged Speedster
Chassis#: 851 33175 E
Sold for USD$802,500
  2020 RM Sothebys : The Elkhart Collection
 
1935 Auburn 851 SC Boattail Speedster
Chassis#: GH3669
Sold for USD$1,072,500
  2020 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Auburn Auction
 
1935 Auburn Eight Supercharged Speedster
Chassis#: 2219
Sold for USD$770,000
  2020 RM Sothebys : Auburn Fall Auction
 
1935 Auburn 851SC Boattail Speedster
Sold for USD$440,000
  2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee
 
1935 Auburn 851 Supercharged Sport Coupe
Chassis#: 32980M
Sold for USD$101,200
  2019 Mecum : Monterey
1935 Auburn Model 851 image  1935 Auburn Model 851 image  
1935 Auburn 851 SC Boattail Speedster
Chassis#: GH4438
Sold for USD$742,500
  2019 Mecum : Monterey
 
1935 Auburn Eight Custom Cabriolet
Chassis#: 2311
Sold for USD$84,000
  2019 RM Sothebys : The Guyton Collection
1935 Auburn Model 851 image  1935 Auburn Model 851 image  
1935 Auburn Eight Supercharged Cabriolet
Chassis#: 33326 F
Sold for USD$132,320
  2019 RM Sothebys : Essen
1935 Auburn Model 851 image  
1935 Auburn Eight Custom Speedster
Chassis#: 1988
Sold for USD$544,000
  2019 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
1935 Auburn Model 851 image  1935 Auburn Model 851 image  
1935 Auburn Eight Supercharged Phaeton
Chassis#: 851 33161 H
Sold for USD$100,800
  2019 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
1935 Auburn Model 851 image  1935 Auburn Model 851 image  
1935 Auburn 851 SC Boattail Speedster
Chassis#: 33807E
Sold for USD$632,500
  2019 Worldwide Auctioneers : Scottsdale, Arizona
 
1935 Auburn 851 SC Boattail Speedster
Chassis#: 3-2369-E
Sold for USD$687,500
  2019 Worldwide Auctioneers : Scottsdale, Arizona
 
1935 Auburn 851 SC Boattail Speedster
Chassis#: 33212E
Sold for USD$1,012,000
  2018 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
 
1935 Auburn Eight Supercharged Speedster
Chassis#: 851 33175 E
Sold for USD$769,500
  2018 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale, Az.
 
1935 Auburn 851 Cabriolet
Chassis#: GG3568
Sold for USD$99,000
  2018 Worldwide Auctioneers : Scottsdale
 
1935 AUBURN 851 SC PHAETON
Chassis#: 0R32585H
Sold for USD$112,750
  2017 Dragone Lime Rock Park
 

Auburn Model 851s That Failed To Sell At Auction

1935 Auburn Model 851's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1935 Auburn 851SC Boattail Speedster33220E2022 Mecum Indy$900,000  
1935 Auburn 851 Supercharged Boat-tail Speedster33515E2019 Bonhams : The Bond Street Sale $650,000$750,000
1935 AUBURN 851 CABRIOLET6G35682017 Premier Auction Group$90,000  
1935 Auburn CS 851 Supercharged Phaeton0R32585H2016 Dragone : The Boston Cup Auction $150,000$180,000
1935 Auburn 851 Cabriolet 2016 Gulf Coast Classic Punta Gorda, Fl$77,000  
1935 Auburn 851 Cabriolet 2016 Amelia Island Select : Hollywood Wheels   
1935 Auburn 851 Supercharged Phaeton Seda 2015 Auctions America Auburn Fall$67,500  
1935 Auburn 851 Supercharged Cabriolet 2014 Auctions America Auburn Fall$90,000  
1935 Auburn 851 SC Cabriolet33891F2013 Worldwide Auctions Auburn $175,000$200,000
1935 Auburn Speedster8465522013 Silver Auction Coeur d'Alene$36,000  
1935 Auburn 851 Convertible Sedan 2012 Auctions America Auburn Fall$80,000  
1935 AUBURN 851 2010 Silver Auction Puyallup$137,500  
1935 Auburn Boattail Speedster 2009 Mecum St. Charles Auction$350,000  
1935 Auburn Boattail 2009 Mecum Monterey Auction$390,000  
1935 Auburn 85133891M2009 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Houston Classic Auction$130,000$160,000$180,000
1935 Auburn 851 2009 Automobiles of Amelia Island$45,000$80,000$100,000
1935 Auburn 851 Phaeton 2008 Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey by RM Auctions$65,000$80,000$100,000
1935 Auburn 851SC 2008 Leake Auctions Tulsa 36th Annual QuikTrip Center$185,000  
1935 AUBURN MODEL 85119502007 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions November 18, 2007$57,500  
1935 Auburn 851 Supercharged Speedster 2006 Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction $350,000$425,000
1935 AUBURN BOATTAIL SPEEDSTER 2001 Kruse Auction Auburn, IN$26,000  

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