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1933 Auburn Model 12-161

Chassis number : 12-165 1147 H

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Sold for $268,800 at 2022 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island.
This 1933 Twelve Salon Phaeton was one of the first AUburns to receive a body built by the Limousine Body Company, supplier of the company's convertible coachwork after the firm was relocated to Connersville, Indiana.

The ownership history of this vehicle is known from the late 1940s, when it was owned by Arthur Patterson of Daly City in Northern California. The car later passed to Marshall Hughes of Kansas City and then to Richard Carrington of Nebraska. It was then traded, through Mort Kresteller, to the late Dr. Elwood 'Bud' Greist of Livermore, California. While in his care, the car received a restoration that began in the late 1970s and continued through the late 1980s. At its completion, the car was an award-winner at Pebble Beach in 1987, and subsequently judged Best Auburn at the West Coast Meet in 1990 and Best of Show at the annual Silverado Concours.

In 1991, Dr. Greist sold the Auburn to Andy Granatelli, of STP and Indianapolis racing fame. Later it passed to Richard Scott of Ohio and finally to the present owner in 2000.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2022

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2022 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $250,000-USD $300,000 
Sale Price :
USD $268,800

1933 Auburn Model 12-161 Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Auburn Model 12-161

(Data based on Model Year 1933 sales)
1933 Auburn Twelve Salon Phaeton
Chassis#: 12-165 1147 H
Sold for USD$268,800
  2022 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
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1933 AUBURN 12 161A SALON PHAETON CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 1156
Sold for USD$220,000
  2022 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, Arizona
 
1933 Auburn Twelve Salon Speedster
Sold for USD$330,000
  2020 RM Sothebys : Auburn Fall Auction
 
1933 Auburn 12-161A Cabriolet
Chassis#: 12161BB2578
Sold for USD$126,500
  2019 Worldwide Auctioneers : Scottsdale, Arizona
 
1933 AUBURN 12 161A SALON PHAETON CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 1156
Sold for USD$165,000
  2017 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
 
1933 Auburn 12-161 Convertible Coupé
Chassis#: 400
Sold for USD$161,061
  2016 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
 
1933 Auburn 12-161A Custom Speedster
Chassis#: 160 1146E
Sold for USD$451,000
  2014 Bonhams - The Scottsdale Auction
 
1933 Auburn Twelve Custom Speedster
Chassis#: 2119E
Sold for USD$1,210,000
  2013 RM Auction - Art of the Automobile
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1933 Auburn Twelve Custom Phaeton Sedan
Chassis#: 12161A21874
Sold for USD$275,000
  2013 Worldwide Auctions - Auburn
 
1933 Auburn Twelve Custom Phaeton Sedan
Chassis#: 1094H
Sold for USD$203,500
  2010 RM Auctions - Sports & Classics of Monterey
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1933 Auburn Twelve Convertible Sedan
Chassis#: 2148H
Sold for USD$156,750
  2010 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
 
1933 Auburn Model 12-161A Conv. Sedan
Sold for USD$214,500
  2003 Carail Museum
 

Auburn Model 12-161s That Failed To Sell At Auction

1933 Auburn Model 12-161's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1933 AUBURN 12-161A SALON PHAETON2156 H2016 Bonhams : Quail Lodge $200,000$240,000
1933 AUBURN 161 A PHAETON 2001 Kruse Auction Auburn, IN$120,000  

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