In the depths of the Great Depression Auburn offered more automobile for the money than any other American manufacturer. Gordon Buehrig redesigned the Auburn's exterior. It featured a long hood and a body color radiator surround that emphasized the body's length and the 127 inch wheelbase of the eight-cylinder 851. Cord Corporation controlled Lycoming and it was from there that Auburn sourced the Lycoming GG-series 280 cubic inch straight eight with 115 horsepower. Auburn offered six standard bodies. Of them the Phaeton (a convertible sedan with removable center posts) was the top of the line, costing $1,368 at the factory without options. This 1935 Auburn 851 Custom Dual Ratio Phaeton is a Classic Car Club of America National First Prize winning restoration. It has chrome wire wheels, dual enclosed side-mounts, Trippe lights, Goodyear wide whitewall tires, windshield post mirrors, a radio and Startix automatic starter. Restored to high standards in cream with burgundy fenders, matching burgundy leather upholstery and interior trim and a burgundy cloth top, it has been maintained in Concours condition and shows exceptionally well, not only on the basis of its restoration and preservation but also for its dramatic Gordon Buehrig design that makes it one of the most attractive CCCA Full Classics (tm) of the period. It abounds in the Art Deco details like its lozenge-pattern instrument panel, that distinguished the designs from Auburn, accent its quality and value.
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