Auburn 851SC Phaeton

Auburn was a brand name of American automobiles produced from 1900 through 1936. The Auburn Automobile Company grew out of the Eckhart Carriage Company.

For 1934, the relatively small Auburn company committed a sizable block of its capital to new tooling for a new line of modern, all-steel bodies. This investment in technology promised important cost savings, and although sales increased by 50 percent over the previous year’s levels, the company’s financial results did not improve. Senior management found a convenient scapegoat in Auburn stylist Al Leamy, who was replaced by a young Gordon Buehrig. With a small budget and precious little time, Buehrig retained the fine basic design of Leamy, concentrating on the grille, hood, and front fenders. The resulting Auburn models for 1935 were very well received, and today remain among the most desirable and sought-after pre-war American cars.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2009 at the The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida and in October of 2010 at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pennsylvania.

115hp at 3,600rpm, 279.9 cu. in. inline eight-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission with dual ratio rear end, front and rear semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel Bendix hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 127".

Source: RM Auctions; Wikipedia, 2011

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