STRIKING BODY-OFF-FRAME RESTORATION
SUPERCHARGED INLINE 8/3-SPEED TRANSMISSION
COLUMBIA TWO-SPEED REAR AXLE
THE 2007 ACD FESTIVAL POSTER CAR
DISPLAYED AT THE 2007 PEBBLE BEACH CONCOURS
PARTICIPANT, 2007 PEBBLE BEACH TOUR
SIX-TIME BEST OF SHOW WINNER
CCCA SENIOR EMERITUS & AACA SENIOR AWARDS
CCCA FULL CLASSIC RECOGNITION
UNPARALLELED EVENT ELIGIBILITY
Auburn, the core of E.L. Cord's massive automotive and industrial empire, confidently weathered the shocking October 1929 stock-market crash and the early Great Depression years but pulled out all the stops to reverse declining sales for 1932-33. In 1934, Cord handed leadership of Auburn to Duesenberg president Harold T. Ames, who brought in Gordon Buehrig to update styling. Working with tight funds and little time, Buehrig and his skeleton crew concentrated on judicious styling updates while conserving the best aspects of Alan Leamy's 1934 body designs. Auburn engines were supplied by Lycoming, one of the E.L Cord's many transportation-related companies. Always offering more value for money than the competition, Auburn offered the innovative Columbia 'Dual Ratio' two-speed rear axle on all but its Standard lines, which effectively provided six forward speeds and with the rare, supercharged specification, performance was breathtaking.
Representing the high end of Auburn's 8-cylinder model lines for 1935, this dashing Auburn 851 SC Phaeton continues to benefit handsomely from a concours-level, multiple award-winning restoration. Acquired by the prior owner in 2010, this stunning Deep Green example has been meticulously kept and maintained in a private pre-war automobile collection until just recently. Formerly owned by noted collector Robert Pass during the mid-to-late 1990s, this 851 SC was then sold to a collector who commissioned the restoration, with the work completed 1998-2003, beginning with an exceptionally original vehicle.
Post-restoration, the Auburn enjoyed great success in judged shows and concours, earning Best of Show honors six times, plus 16 national-level awards. Other accolades include the Ab Jenkins Award from the ACD Club, the AACA Senior award, and CCCA Senior Emeritus honors. Exhibition at the 2007 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance include participation in the famous Pebble Beach Tour d'Elegance. This 851 SC Phaeton also served as Poster Car for the 2007 ACD Festival and it was also exhibited at Auburn, Indiana's world-famous Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum. Other post-restoration highlights include a first-place ribbon at the Cincinnati Concours d'Elegance, display at an Indianapolis 500 Celebration, and participation in the annual Labor Day Weekend ACD Club Reunion on numerous occasions.
Sporting gorgeous external exhaust pipes, the Auburn is further complemented by desirable accessories including period-appropriate Firestone Blackwall tires, a passenger side-mounted spare tire enclosed by a color-keyed case, 'Auburn 8' hubcaps and beauty rings, a venting windshield, and a rear bustle-style trunk. The 150-horsepower, 280-cubic-inch Lycoming eight-cylinder engine with its Schwitzer-Cummins supercharger starts on command and performance strongly, making it an ideal candidate for a wide array of classic tours, enhanced by the desirable Columbia two-speed rear axle. Exceptionally well-maintained cosmetically and mechanically, this multiple award-winning, factory supercharged CCCA Full Classic Auburn is an excellent choice for a multitude of desirable and enjoyable tours, CCCA CARavans, and shows. As offered, it exemplifies Auburn's innovation, value, and significance to America's prewar automobile industry. Be sure to contact us today for viewing arrangements, obtain full details, and experience the grandeur and adventurous experience that only a supercharged Auburn can possibly deliver.