The 1935 Auburn 851 SC Boattail Speedster

This beauty is the car featured in Classic Calls the Shots. Nineteen thirty-five could be considered Auburn’s classic year with the addition of a supercharged straight-eight for the 851 series and the strikingly beautiful boattailed Speedster body refined by Gordon Buehrig from an earlier design by Count Alexis de Saknoffsky.  You could therefore say that this design was born out of aristocratic inspiration.  But it had performance to match its looks. The Cummins supercharged Lycoming straight-eight produced 150 brake horsepower and each car was guaranteed to have been test-driven at more than 100 miles per hour. Unfortunately, Auburn lost money on each and every one of these heart-breakingly gorgeous cars and so therefore the model continued for only two more years. If you’d like to see one today, just visit the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu in Hampshire, UK, or just look at their website, or in the US the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum in Auburn, Indiana.  And if you want to read about one, just click on www.amazon.co.uk and search for Classic Calls the Shots . . .

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