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1935 Auburn Model 851

Chassis number : 33891M

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High bid of $130,000 at 2009 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Houston Classic Auction. (did not sell)
Sold for $137,500 at 2010 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona.
Errett Lobban Cord became Auburn's General Manager in 1924. One of his acts of genius was to liven up unsold models sitting in the lots of the small town's factory. The new paint schemes with brilliantly nickel-plated trim coupled with savvy marketing tripled car sales in each of the following three years. His skills were tested again during the early 1930s when the world slipped into the Great Depression. It would ultimately destroy businesses from coast to coast. The Indiana business remained strong thanks to an offering of skillfully styled, well-engineered, and well-built products. In 1935, the company offered an optional Switzer-Cummins centrifugal supercharger. This increased output by 30 percent to a remarkable 150 horsepower on the Auburn-Lycoming eight-cylinder engine. This, coupled with the newly restyled styling by the brilliant young designer, Gordon Buehrig, brought the Auburn cars to a new level. Buehrig redesigned the front end with a new grille and hood line. Auburn's signature new feature for 1935 was the supercharging of the top-of-the-line models. Buehrig also incorporated the external exhaust that had become a symbol for supercharged engines, an image made famous largely from the Model SJ Duesenberg.

This 1935 Auburn 851 SC Convertible Coupe has a 280 cubic-inch side valve eight-cylinder supercharged engine rated at 150 horsepower. There is a three-speed manual gearbox, Columbia two-speed rear end, and four-wheel hydraulic brakes. It was fully restored in the late 1990s and remains in superb condition. The odometer reads just under 19,905 miles, which is believed to be correct from new. Some of the features of this car include engine tuned dash, dual wipers, fold down windshield, side mount spare, stainless exhaust, and chrome wire wheels with wide white wall tires. It is equipped with complete polished stainless steel exhaust system from the front to rear, rumble seat, and Trippe Speedlights.

In 2009, this 851 SC Convertible Coupe was offered for sale at the Houston Classic Auction in Seabrook, Texas, presented by Worldwide Auctioneers. The lot was estimated to sell for $160,000 - $180,000. As bidding came to a close, the lot had sold for $130,000, plus buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2011

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2010 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $135,000-USD $185,000 
Sale Price :
USD $137,500

2009 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Houston Classic Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $160,000-USD $180,000 
High Bid (Lot was not sold)
USD $130,000

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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1935 Auburn Eight Supercharged Phaeton
Chassis#: 851 33161 H
Sold for USD$100,800
  2019 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
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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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