1936

1936 Auburn 852

Vehicle Profiles

Supercharged Dual Ratio Speedster
Designer: Gordon Buehrig

Priced at $2,245, the elegant Auburn Speedster marketed in 1935-1936 was a 'loss leader' intended to stimulate showroom traffic. The Auburn Speedster was a two-seat roadster introduced in 1928. After Auburn discontinued its V12 models, Gordon Buehrig....[continue reading]

Supercharged Dual Ratio Speedster
Designer: Gordon Buehrig

Chassis Num: 2914E

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 vehic....[continue reading]

Supercharged Dual Ratio Speedster
Designer: Gordon Buehrig

Chassis Num: 852-34631E
Engine Num: GH4742

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 p....[continue reading]

Supercharged Dual Ratio Cabriolet

Chassis Num: 35872F
Engine Num: GH 5615

This 1936 Auburn 852SC Cabriolet was in a prominent Texas collection for many years where it was well maintained and cared for. The current owner purchased the car in 2004 and brought it to auction in 2008. It has recently been repainted and given ....[continue reading]

Supercharged Dual Ratio Speedster
Designer: Gordon Buehrig

Chassis Num: 5266

Ab Jenkins took an Auburn to the Bonneville salt flats in July of 1935 where he set 70 records including posting a flying mile at 104.17 mph, 1,000 miles at 102.77 mph, and averaging 102.9 mph for 12 hours. In recognition of this accomplishment, Aub....[continue reading]

Supercharged Dual Ratio Phaeton Sedan

The 1936 Auburn 852 Phaeton was powered by an inline Lycoming eight-cylinder engine. Fitted with a supercharger, this motor is capable of producing 150 horsepower. The wheelbase measures 127 inches. The supercharged phaeton was priced at $1725.....[continue reading]

Supercharged Dual Ratio Cabriolet

1936 was the final year for production of the Auburn Automobile. The company went out with style building memorable classics such as this right hand drive, supercharged Cabriolet. This example was built for export to England, and is fitted with Europ....[continue reading]

Supercharged Dual Ratio Cabriolet

Chassis Num: 35757F

This example is one of about 13 852SC Cabriolets remaining, and it is equipped with the supercharged engine, Philco radio and Columbia two-speed axle. It has had a full nut-and-bolt restoration in the fall of 2003. The exterior is finished in a shade....[continue reading]

Supercharged Dual Ratio Speedster
Designer: Gordon Buehrig

Launched at the beginning of 1935, the Auburn 851 was made famous by Ab Jenkins who completed a 12-hour drive averaging over 100 mph in a completely stock Supercharged Speedster. To commemorate this record all Supercharged Speedsters had a plaque mou....[continue reading]

Supercharged Dual Ratio Speedster
Designer: Gordon Buehrig

Chassis Num: 33914E

In spite of the lingering effects of the Great Depression that gripped the United States and most of the world car designers continued to find inspiration and hope and produced some of the most memorable and remarkable custom coachwork. This wasn't j....[continue reading]

Supercharged Dual Ratio Speedster
Designer: Gordon Buehrig

Auburn's last series of Speedsters were the famous 851/852 models, sold in 1935 and 1936 respectively. Approximately 600 of both were produced with an original price of $2,245. Designer Gordon Buehrig had taken over from Alan Leamy and made provocati....[continue reading]

Supercharged Dual Ratio Cabriolet

In 1936, the Auburn sales brochure proudly stated 'In addition to their superlative performance, these new Auburn cars provide exceptionally luxurious roominess and comfort.' ....[continue reading]

Supercharged Dual Ratio Speedster
Designer: Gordon Buehrig

Launched the same year as the 4.5-liter 'Blower' Bentley, Auburn's Model 88 Speedster was the first of a line of fast touring cars that culminated with this Auburn 852 Speedster in 1936. The 852 speedster has the same straight-8 engine as other Aubur....[continue reading]

Supercharged Dual Ratio Speedster
Designer: Gordon Buehrig

Chassis Num: 852 35209 E
Engine Num: GH 5349

This Auburn Eight Supercharged Speedsters one of about 150 authentic speedster produced. It was once owned by Ted Billing, and later hidden away for many years in the Connecticut collection of David Tunick, before its sale in 2005 to James Foght of I....[continue reading]

Custon Dual Ratio Phaeton Sedan

Chassis Num: 852 4688 H
Engine Num: GG 3221

The Auburn Automobile Company was established in 1903 and by 1931, was the 13th largest American automaker. As the Great Depression continued, sales fell drastically in 1932 and 1933.....[continue reading]

Supercharged Dual Ratio Speedster
 
Supercharged Dual Ratio Speedster
Chassis #: 2914E 
Supercharged Dual Ratio Speedster
Chassis #: 852-34631E 
Supercharged Dual Ratio Cabriolet
Chassis #: 35872F 
Supercharged Dual Ratio Speedster
Chassis #: 5266 
Supercharged Dual Ratio Phaeton Sedan
 
Supercharged Dual Ratio Cabriolet
 
Supercharged Dual Ratio Cabriolet
Chassis #: 35757F 
Supercharged Dual Ratio Speedster
 
Supercharged Dual Ratio Speedster
Chassis #: 33914E 
Supercharged Dual Ratio Speedster
 
Supercharged Dual Ratio Cabriolet
 
Supercharged Dual Ratio Speedster
 
Supercharged Dual Ratio Speedster
Chassis #: 852 35209 E 
Custon Dual Ratio Phaeton Sedan
Chassis #: 852 4688 H 

History

The success of the vehicles and the survival of the company up to this point were due mostly to Erret Lobban Cord. The Auburn Company had come into existence in 1877 producing wagons. In 1903 the direction of the company switched to creating automobiles, their first being a one-cylinder chain-driven runabout. The styling and diversity of the vehicles evolved over the years, as did the mechanical capabilities and technological innovations. The Great Depression had taken its toll on the Auburn Company and was headed to receivership when it was rescued by William Wrigley. Cord was recruited to assume the duties of general manager. This fast-talking, energetic, sales man, though less than thirty years old, was the right man for the job. By applying new paint to a parking lot of excess vehicles, Cord was able to sell over 750 cars in just a few months. This earned him the title of vice president and in 1926 he became president and primary stockholder of the Auburn Company.

Throughout the next few years, the Auburn/Cord Company would experience highs and lows. The L-29 featured front-wheel drive, a first in the industry.

Designer Gordon Buehrig and engine designer Augie Duesenberg were tasked with creating a new design for 1935. A V-12 Speedster was used as a starting point. The front-end, cowl, and bonnet were completely reworked. It was given a convertible body-style that was low and complimented its small side windows. The masculine look of the Auburn 851 was due in part to its teardrop headlamps, chrome exhaust pipes, pontoon fenders, and newly styled grille and hood.

Under the hood lurked a 279 cubic-inch eight-cylinder engine. An existing six-cylinder engine had been outfitted with two additional cylinders while keeping the bore and stroke the same. The result was a 115 horsepower in natural aspiration form and 150 when outfitted with the Schwitzer-Cummings supercharger.

The vehicle was put through its paces at a 24-hour endurance run in the Bonneville Salt Flats with driver, Ab Jenkins proving the vehicle was capable of exceeding 100 miles per hour.

The car was introduced in 1935 and expectations were high but sales were low. Just over 5,000 examples were sold during its initial production year. For 1936 the name was switched to 852 and this did nothing to help sales, with just 1850 vehicles sold.

Unfortunately, in 1936 the Auburn Company went out of business. The Auburn 851's exclusivity is guaranteed by it limited production. It is a wonderful creation and hinted at what might have been if the company would have stayed in business. It was unique and distinctive.


By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2006
1936
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