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1936 Auburn 852

Chassis number : 852-34631E

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Sold for $423,500 at 2007 Christie's Exceptional Motor Cars at the Monterey Jet Center.
This 1936 Auburn Model 852 Straight Eight Supercharged 'Boattail' Speedster was offered for sale at the 2007 Christie's auction of 'Exceptional Motor Cars at the Monterey Jet Center.' It has a turquoise exterior with beige leather interior. It is powered by a Lycoming eight-cylinder engine with side-valves, and a Schwitzer-Cummins supercharger. The 279.9 cubic-inch engine is capable of producing 150 horsepower.

The Art Deco designed 852 was a flamboyantly designed vehicle that featured a racked windshield and tapered tail, accented with chrome trim throughout.

A.B. Jenkins drove a stock Auburn on the Bonneville Salt Flats to an American class speed record and proving the vehicles potential. Sadly, the company officially closed its doors in October of 1937.

This turquoise Speedster has been treated to restoration, though it was completed in the 1980s. The restoration still appears very fresh in modern times. At auction the car was offered without reserve and estimated to fetch between $250,000 - $450,000. That estimate proved to be accurate, as a willing buyer was found. Including the buyer's premium, the car found a new owner for the price of $423,500.

This year marked the end of the Auburn automobiles. The Auburn line for 1936 consisted of three six-cylinder models and four eight-cylinder models. This 1936 Auburn 852 Supercharged Dual Ratio speedster is an extraordinary example of the most significant pre-World War II automobiles built.

While little is known of its early history, the vehicle was part of the famous Blackhawk Collection in the late 1990s before being sold to a European collector. The vehicle remained in the European collection until August of 2007 when it was sold to its current owner.

Chassis number 34631E ahs been expertly and correctly restored from an excellent and original example. It is fitted with engine number GH4742 which retains its original Columbia two-speed, dual ratio rear end.

The original wire wheels have been fitted with appropriate polished wheel disc and whitewall tires.


By Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2008

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2007 Christie's Exceptional Motor Cars at the Monterey Jet Center

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $250,000-USD $450,000 
Sale Price :
USD $423,500

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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