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1936 Auburn 852

Chassis number : 2914E

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Sold for $310,000 at 2006 RM Auctions at Meadow Brook.
The Auburgn 851/852 vehicles were stunning. With Ab Jenkins behind the wheel, a 851 Speedster traveled at 100 mpg average speed for 12 hours making him the first American to this endurance record. In commemoration of this accomplishment, each vehicle was given a dash plaque bearing Ab Jenkins' signature stating that the vehicle was capable of achieving the 100 mph barrier.

Though these vehicles were the complete package, encompassing a daring style, durable engine, and superior performance, they failed to amass a profit. It is estimated that at the $2245 sticker price, the company lost $300.

This 1936 Auburn 852SC Boattail Speedster with chassis number 2914E was estimated to fetch between $350,000 - $450,000 at the 2006 RM Auctions at Meadow Brook. After some interest from buyers, the bid achieved $240,000. This was not enough to satisfy the reserve and the vehicle was not sold.

It is equipped with a 280 cubic-inch side valve eight-cylinder engine with Schwitzer-Cummins supercharger that produces 150 horsepower. It sits on a 127 inch wheelbase and is suspended in place by leaf spring and solid axle front suspension. In the rear are leaf springs and a live rear axle. Brakes are four-wheel hydraulic drums.

In 2003 it was entered in the Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance where it received the coveted Peoples Choice Award. It has also been awarded an AACA National First Prize.


By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2006

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2006 RM Auctions at Meadow Brook

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $350,000-USD $450,000 
Sale Price :
USD $310,000

1936 Auburn 852 Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Auburn 852

(Data based on Model Year 1936 sales)
1936 Auburn Boattail Speedster
Chassis#: SMS109089
Sold for USD$126,500
  2021 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall
 
1936 Auburn 852 SC Boattail Speedster
Chassis#: GH5425
Sold for USD$880,000
  2020 Worldwide Auctioneers : Scottsdale Arizona Auction
 
1936 Auburn 852 SC Phaeton Convertible
Sold for USD$88,000
  2019 Worldwide Auctioneers : Scottsdale, Arizona
 
1936 Auburn 852 SC Boattail Speedster
Chassis#: 35364E
Sold for USD$1,017,500
  2018 Mecum : Monterey
 
1936 Auburn 852 Cabriolet
Sold for USD$121,000
  2018 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1936 Auburn Eight Custom Cabriolet
Chassis#: 852 5992 F
Sold for USD$93,500
  2017 RM Sothebys : Hershey
 
1936 Auburn Eight Custom Phaeton Sedan
Chassis#: 852 4688 H
Sold for USD$99,000
  2017 RM Sothebys : Hershey
1936 Auburn 852 image  1936 Auburn 852 image  
1936 Auburn Eight Supercharged Speedster
Chassis#: 852 35209 E
Sold for USD$1,017,500
  2017 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1936 Auburn 852 image  1936 Auburn 852 image  
1936 Auburn Speedster
Sold for USD$45,000
  2017 GAA : July
 
1936 Auburn 852 Supercharged Phaeton Sedan
Sold for USD$90,750
  2016 Auctions America : Auburn Spring
 
1936 Auburn 852 Speedster Replica
Sold for USD$70,400
  2015 Auctions America - Auburn Fall
 
1936 Auburn 852 Phaeton Sedan
Chassis#: 4652H
Sold for USD$67,100
  2015 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours
 
1936 AUBURN BOATTAIL SPEEDSTER CUSTOM RE-CREATION
Chassis#: AZ290583
Sold for USD$121,000
  2015 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale
 
1936 Auburn 852 SC Boattail Speedster
Chassis#: 33914E
Sold for USD$770,000
  2015 Gooding & Company - Arizona
1936 Auburn 852 image  1936 Auburn 852 image  
1936 AUBURN BOATTAIL SPEEDSTER CUSTOM RE-CREATION
Chassis#: AZ290583
Sold for USD$93,500
  2014 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas
 
1936 AUBURN BOATTAIL SPEEDSTER CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 535263E
Sold for USD$67,100
  2014 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas
 
1936 Auburn 852 Supercharged Phaeton Sedan
Sold for USD$95,700
  2014 Auctions America - Auburn Fall
 
1936 Auburn 852 Speedster Replica
Sold for USD$85,800
  2014 Auctions America - Auburn Fall
 
1936 Auburn 852 SC Boattail Speedster
Chassis#: 35863E
Sold for USD$1,210,000
  2014 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours
 
1936 Auburn Eight Supercharged Speedster
Chassis#: 35209 E
Sold for USD$550,000
  2014 RM Auctions at Monterey
1936 Auburn 852 image  1936 Auburn 852 image  

Auburn 852s That Failed To Sell At Auction

1936 Auburn 852's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1936 Auburn 852 Phaeton Sedan 2022 Mecum Indy$120,000  
1936 Auburn 852 Cabriolet 2017 Mecum : Las Vegas$120,000  
1936 Auburn Boat Tail Speedster 2017 Carlisle Auctions : Lakeland Fall   
1936 Auburn 852 Phaeton5817 H2017 The Finest : Boca Raton $110,000$140,000
1936 Auburn 852 Convertible Sedan 2017 Mecum : Kissimmee$90,000  
1936 Auburn 852 SC Boattail Speedster35364E2015 Mecum : Monterey$700,000$800,000$1,000,000
1936 Auburn 852SC Phaeton Sedan 2014 Auctions America Auburn Spring$90,000  
1936 AUBURN BOATTAIL SPEEDSTER REPLICA 2014 Mecum Houston$29,000  
1936 Auburn 852 Supercharged Phaeton 2013 Auctions America Auburn Fall$130,000  
1936 Auburn Speedster Replica 2013 Auctions America Auburn Fall   
1936 Auburn Roadster4SM73802013 Russo & Steele Newport Beach$185,000  
1936 AUBURN SPEEDSTER 2013 GPK Auction Atlantic City   
1936 Auburn 852SC Boattail Speedster85235209E2012 RM Auctions London$290,000$340,000$390,000
1936 Auburn 852 SC Boattail Speedster 2007 AACA Senior National 1st Prize35364E2012 Mecum Monterey, CA$625,000  
1936 AUBURN BOATAIL REPLICA 2009 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions February 2009$22,000  
1936 AUBURN BOATTAIL SPEEDSTER 2007 Silver Auction Sun Valley$70,000  
1936 AUBURN BOAT TAIL SPEEDSTERAZ2760202007 Silver Auction Hot August Nights$65,000  
1936 AUBURN BOAT TAIL SPEEDSTERAZ2760202007 Silver Auction Hot August Nights$65,000  
1936 AUBURN BOAT TAIL SPEEDSTERAZ2760202007 Silver Auction Hot August Nights$65,000  
1936 AUBURN BOATAIL SPCONAZ2644432004 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions November 2004$32,000  
1936 AUBURN (REPLICA) BOATAIL SPEEDSTER 2003 Kruse Auction Denver, CO$27,000  
1936 AUBURN 852 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN 2001 Kruse Auction Santa Clara, CA$65,000  
1936 AUBURN 852 SPEEDSTER 2001 Kruse Auction Auburn, IN$140,000  

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