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1935 Auburn 851 SC Speedster

The Boattail Speedster is intimately identified with Auburn. It was designed in 1928 to create a signature product that represented all that E.L. Cord was positioning Auburn to be in the automobile market: fast, sleek, stylish and a value for the consumer's money that was second to none. Powered by Lycoming's powerful, smooth inline eight cylinder engine, the sleek curves of the Auburn Boattail Speedster promised epic performance. Auburn backed up the Speedster's appearance by sending Wade Morton to Daytona Beach where he set two flying mile speed records at over 108 mph. A redesign by Al Leamy in 1934 was passed on to Gordon Buehrig in 1935 who created a new generation of Auburn Speedsters based on the Duesenberg Weymann Speedster. The Duesenberg was long and elegant. The Auburn was close-coupled and sporting, a design that has inspired awe from generations. Augie Duesenberg and Pearl Watson adapted a Schwitzer-Cummins centrifugal supercharger to the Auburn's Lycoming 280 cubic inch eight. The combination was, simply, inspired. This 1935 Auburn 851 Supercharged Boattail Speedster is subtly presented in medium grey with a dark grey accent, blue leather upholstery and a blue cloth top. The wire wheels, accented with chrome hubcaps and trim rings and carrying whitewall tires, match the coachwork. An older restoration, it is a 1998 Classic Car Club of America National First Prize winner. More importantly it has Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Club Level 1 certification as originally built in its present configuration. Auburn sent legendary driver Ab Jenkins to Bonneville in July 1935 with an 851 Supercharged Speedster. He set 70 North American and international records with it, including covering 1,000 miles at 102.77 mph and averaging 102.9 mpy for 12 hours. This thoroughly restored 1935 Auburn 851 Supercharged Speedster is one of just a few built and a handful that survive in A-C-D Level 1 condition. Its engine is freshly rebuilt by Brian Joseph and performs better than new. The real deal, its next owner will be justifiably proud to own, display and drive it.


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