1935 Auburn 851 Supercharged Boattail Speedster. White version
In 1924 Auburn output was down to six cars a day, Errett Lobban Cord—a successful automobile salesman—took over the distressed company, and brought in James Crawford to design and develop a new range of vehicles. Other companies had already produced ‘boat tail” autos (Peerless, Packard, Hudson) but Auburn endeavored in the car to have an image leader in an otherwise ordinary lineup of autos.
The Speedster had a fixed windshield, but no side windows, no interior door release, and optional roof, a cramped cockpit for only two–yes in a glamorous, aerodynamic looking body.
The Auburn Speedster was an American car, manufactured by the Auburn Automobile Company of Auburn, Indiana and manufactured in Union City, Indiana. A total of 887 cars were manufactured between 1928 and 1936, across 3 series (1928-1930 with “eight” and “big eight” engines, the V12 series from 1931 to 1934, and the dramatic, iconic 1935-36 Supercharged 8).
The first two series were designed by stylist Alan Leamy. The Auburn 851 Speedster of 1935 was styled by designer Gordon Buehrig, who also was responsible for the Cord Model 810. Al Jenkins broke 70 America speed records in the 1935 car.
Made in USA in 1935
Engine: 12 cylinders; 6400 cm³
Power: 150 hp
Maximal speed: 160 km/h