Lot 269

Hershey 2017

1936 Auburn Eight Custom Cabriolet


$93,500 USD | Sold

United States | Hershey, Pennsylvania



Serial No.
852 5992 F
Engine No.
GG 5560
  • A genuine cabriolet with its original engine and Dual Ratio rear axle
  • A beautiful restoration in attractive colors
  • Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) Full Classic

For 1934, the Auburn line-up was restyled by Al Leamy. The styling was not well received, and by mid-1934, the assembly lines were halted so that the much improved, face-lifted 1935 model could be rushed into production. Designer Gordon Buehrig was allotted a $50,000 budget to improve the styling, and he succeeded with such changes as a handsome grille, semi-pontoon front fenders, and an enlarged hood. Auburn sales brochures declared the latest Buehrig design as being “Exclusive-Distinctive-Individual,” and notably, Hollywood stars such as Mary Astor and George Murphy drove 1935 Auburns. Moreover, the 1935 Auburn models were praised for their improved ride and handling, thanks to a lowered center of gravity, a reduction of unsprung weight, and lower seat placement.

The elegant car shown here is the upper-line Custom model of 1936, the final year of Auburn production, and is a genuine cabriolet with its original engine, as confirmed by its original serial number plate, which is still present, noting the serial number suffix “F” for cabriolet. Restored less than 10 years ago in its present attractive color combination, it is nicely finished, including a proper interior in leather, a correct canvas convertible top, and a nicely finished dashboard, engine bay, and chrome trim. As a Custom model it is equipped with the Dual Ratio two-speed rear axle, enabling relaxed and comfortable highway cruising.

A Dual Ratio Auburn is one of the finest driving automobiles of the Classic Era, making this example a fine choice for any number of Auburn Cord Duesenberg (ACD) Club or Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) events all over the country.