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1936 Auburn 852 Phaeton

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  • Fuel Type: Gas
  • 1936
  • AUBURN
  • 852 PHEATON
  • 5817 H
  • 005469
  • SILVER/MAROON
  • MAROON
  • AMERICAN PRE-WAR ICON
  • RELIABLE DRIVER
  • EXPERTLY RESTORED & LOVINGLY MAINTAINED

COMPANY HISTORY

Established in 1903, the Auburn Automobile Company matured into a well-respected builder of reliable cars, but it was not until E.L. Cord assumed the company’s presidency in 1924 that its market stature grew. In fact, as the once-buoyant auto market collapsed following Black Tuesday, Auburn’s sales continued to increase. By 1931, Auburn was the 13th largest American automaker, but the triumph was short-lived, as sales fell drastically in 1932 and 1933. The Auburn 852 was the last hurrah for the Auburn Automobile Company, as was the case with many of the independent manufacturers, their final products were often among their best. Gordon Buehrig updated the phaeton’s styling in 1935, notably giving it the rakish body color radiator shroud, similar to its speedster sibling. This would be the last Buehrig designed Auburn line to see production.

 

HISTORY OF THE 852 PHAETON

Power comes from a Lycoming 279 cubic inch straight-eight 115 horsepower engine. The transmission is a three-speed with Auburn’s unique Dual-Ratio capability. The shift-on-the-fly Dual-Ratio feature allows the driver to change from Low Ratio (4.5 to 1) to High Ratio (3 to 1) while driving at speeds up to 40 mph.

 

SUMMARY

Often referred to as the ‘Baby Duesenberg’, the 852 phaeton on offer with us is presented in burgundy on silver, which highlights the stylish and sporty nature of this Auburn. Though less well known than its roadster sibling, the straight-8 engine gives this car plenty of oomph and the back seat gives room to bring friends and family along for a grand day of open top, pre-war American motoring. This rare and easily used touring car will be a welcome addition to any garage.

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