1936 Auburn 852
Custom Phaeton


Location: Vancouver, WA
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Engine:Straight 8
Transmission:3 Speed Manual
Mileage:1500 Since Resto.

The Auburn Automobile Company grew out of the Eckhart Carriage Company, founded in Auburn, Indiana, in 1875 by Charles Eckhart (1841–1915). Eckhart's sons, Frank and Morris, began making automobiles on an experimental basis before entering the business in earnest, absorbing two other local carmakers and moving into a larger plant in 1909. The enterprise was modestly successful until materials shortages during World War I forced the plant to close. In 1919, the Eckhart brothers sold out to a group of Chicago investors headed by Ralph Austin Bard, who later served as Assistant Secretary of the Navy for President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and as Under Secretary of the Navy for President Roosevelt and for President Harry S. Truman. The new owners revived the business but failed to realize the profits that they hoped for. In 1924, they approached Errett Lobban Cord (1894–1974), a highly successful automobile salesman, with an offer to run the company. Cord countered with an offer to take over completely in what amounted to a leveraged buyout. The Chicago group accepted.

Cord aggressively marketed the company's unsold inventory and completed his buyout before the end of 1925. In 1926, he partnered with Duesenberg Corporation, famous for its racing cars, and used it as the launching platform for a line of high-priced luxury vehicles. He also put his own name on a front-wheel-drive car, the Cord, later referred to as "L-29"..

Employing imaginative designers such as Alan Leamy and Gordon Buehrig, Cord built cars that became famous for their advanced engineering as well as their striking appearance, e.g., the 1928 Auburn Boattail Speedster, the Model J Duesenbergs, the 1935–1937 Auburn Speedsters and the 810/812 Cords.

Styling and engineering failed to overcome the fact that Cord's vehicles were too expensive for the Depression-era market and that Cord's stock manipulations would force him to give up control of his car companies. Under injunction from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to refrain from further violations, Cord sold his shares in his automobile holding company. In 1937, production of Auburns, Cords and Duesenbergs ended.


This beautiful Auburn Phaeton is cream in color with chocolate brown belt line, tan top, excellent brown leather interior and orange wheels. Extensive nut & bolt restoration with about 1500 careful miles. Taken to Palo Alto and Forrest Grove Concours d Elegances in 2009 with just a handful of miles since. Competed well against $565,000 boat-tail speedster.  Runs excellent, motor rebuilt with bearing inserts and dual-ratio works fine. New Optima battery.  I would not hesitate to drive this car across the country.  Hydraulic brakes work very well.  Equipped with Dual Ratio Rear End. Engineer owned & very well taken care of.  Will easily cruise at 80 mph on the freeway.

Features Include:

Fresh anti-freeze with distilled water
Brakes lines bled with DOT-4 brake fluid added (won’t absorb water)
Non-ethanol gas used with stabil (won’t absorb water)
New glass tail light lenses with quartz bulbs (2X brighter)
Has electric “kicker” fuel pump to fill the bowl for easier starting (normally runs on mechanical pump)
Has two fog lights
Very nice bright work
Very nice paint
New Coker Classic radial tires and radial tubes (5 miles on them)
Does need a new amp meter
Tach needs to be lubed (works fine, but squawks)
Looks as good underneath as above.

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