1935 Auburn Coupe 851 / “Auburn George”

This particular Auburn Coupe 851 rolled out the doors of the Auburn Automobile factory in Connersville, Indiana, sometime in the early months of 1935.

We know it was the early part because each year Auburn started the VIN numbers of their new models with 1000, and this Auburn is VIN No. 1950 of some 3,300 Auburn automobiles assembled that year, which sadly was to be the last year of production.

There were a few 1936 models assembled, basically made from parts left over from 1935.  But the challenge of keeping up with the major automobile manufacture’s at the time became too great, the market for selling cars in the high-end market grew very narrow, and along with the Auburn the two other marvelous automobiles, the Cord and Duesenberg, coming out of the same factory were also brought to a screeching halt.

This Auburn Coupe 851 was restored in 1982 by Greg Tyree and his team of craftsmen and was taken by the owner to Pebble Beach in 1983 and it won in its’ class. The world famous black-and-white photographer Ansel Adams was a judge in 1983 and it was to be his last before his passing on April 22, 1984.

Purchase
Price:
$1,173 f.o.b.
Options on this car:
White sidewall tires, Twin side-mounted spares
Drivetrain
Engine:
Lycoming eight cylinder in-line
Displacement:
279.9 cu.in.
Power:
115 horsepower @ 3,600 rpm
Electrical system:
6-Volt
Clutch:
Single dry plate Diameter: 10”
Transmission:
3-speed selective
Gear ratios:
2.873/ 2.873 / 1.680 /1.00 (3.760 reverse)
Final drive:
Dual Ratio two-speed axle drive: Spiral bevel
Ratios:
5:1:1 Low, 3:41:1 high
Chassis
Steering:
Ross cam-and-lever
Brakes:
Bendix 4-wheel hydraulic
Drum diameter:
12”
Tires:
6:50 / 16 (radial) for better handling
Dimensions
Wheelbase:
126”
Tread:
59” front / 62" rear
Shipping weight:
3,415 lbs.
Capacities
Crankcase:
8 quarts
Cooling system:
20 quarts
Fuel tank:
20 gallons
Fuel consumption:
Approximately 10mpg regular gasoline