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1935 Auburn Model 851

Chassis number : 33094E

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Sold for $456,000 at 2021 Bonhams : Amelia Island Auction.
There were only 500 Speedsters of the Auburn 851 created during 1935 through 1936. In October of 1937, E.L. Cord sold his Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg holdings and brought a sad close to a very prominent set of marques.

This 1935 Auburn 851 Supercharged Speedster has chassis number 33094E and engine number GH4309. It has a two-speed Columbia Rear-end, three-speed manual gearbox, and four-wheel hydraulic brakes. It sits atop a 127-inch wheelbase, right-hand drive configuration, which is propelled by a 150 BHP 279 cubic-inch supercharged L-head Inline eight-cylinder engine. It was offered for sale at the 2006 Gooding & Company Auction held in Pebble Beach where it was estimated to sell for $350,000-$425,000.

The car carries its original speedster body with matching engine and serial numbers. It has traveled minimal miles since new and is in concours award-winning condition, thanks to its recent comprehensive restoration.

On auction day, the car was left unsold.


By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2007
Sold for $456,000 at 2021 Bonhams : Amelia Island Auction.
This 1935 Auburn 851 Supercharged Boattail Speedster with serial number 851 33094 E is one of fewer than ten 1935-1936 Speedsters delivered as export models with right-hand drive. Its serial number originally had an 'L' suffix, signifying the export status. This Boattail Speedster was originally delivered with optional equipment that included a dashboard-mounted radio and a heater.

This car was shipped to British distributor Clifford Taylor Automobiles Ltd., on London's Berkeley Square. In 1947, it was brought back to the United States from England, and two years later sold to Mr. Formicelli of Trumbull, Connecticut. The next owner was John Ehresman and in 1994 it was sold to Bruce Earlin of Milford, Pennsylvania. Over the next three years, the car was given a complete restoration. After the work was completed, the car achieved a Primary First and Best of Show at the ACD Club Eastern Spring Meet in early 1998, 100 points and a Primary First Prize at the CCCA Eastern Grand Classic that spring, and a Senior First at the ACD National Reunion that autumn. It was also awarded an ACD Club Category 1 Certification, no. A-341.

The car was later sold to Greg Ornazian of Michigan, after which it passed through the hands of collectors in Pennsylvania and Ontario before joining the stable of the current owners.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2021

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2021 Bonhams : Amelia Island Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $600,000-USD $800,000 
Sale Price :
USD $456,000

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
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
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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
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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