Lot 214 - 1935 Auburn Phaeton 653 Cabriolet

Lot 214 - 1935 Auburn Phaeton 653 Cabriolet

Lot 214 - 1935 Auburn Phaeton 653 Cabriolet

Lot Number 214
Registration XBV 565
Chassis Number 2189H
Engine Number WF4527
Odometer reading 3,320 miles
Result Sold - £24,000

In 1934, the Auburn Automobile Co. continued to suffer through significant losses when Harold T. Ames, executive vice-president of Auburn and president of Duesenberg, believed development of an all-new Auburn line could return the company to profitability. He handed the styling portion of the makeover to Gordon Buehrig and equipped him with a total redesign budget of only $50,000. After moving to Auburn, Indiana from Indianapolis, where he had been working on a new ‘Baby Duesenberg’ (Cord 810) concept, Buehrig began the project in February of 1934. Amazingly, new Auburn model production started just four months later. The first two series introduced to the public were the Auburn 653 Six and 851 Eight Standard models.

Styling was updated with a signature sloped grille, enlarged hood with checkerboard-style louvers, and pontoon shaped front fenders. Period sales brochures and advertisements described the reshaped Auburn as ‘Exclusive-Distinctive-Individual,’ and it was appreciated by Hollywood stars such as Mary Astor and George Murphy, who both drove 1935 Auburns.

This example, registered on 1st January 1935 is offered in cream and maroon coachwork over a red interior and has been treated to restoration work in recent times. Offered in good order throughout, this Auburn runs and drives and is powered by its original Lycoming straight-six flat head engine. A very rare and desirable example, this Phaeton is offered with some paperwork and the V5C registration document. Now is the time for a new owner to write the next chapter in the story of this memorable Auburn.

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