In an effort to spur sagging sales with some much needed publicity, Auburn attempted to set speed and endurance records at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah with a stock 1935 Auburn 851 Speedster, such as the Speedster seen here.
This Speedster was perhaps the best-known Auburn model. Styled by Gordon Buehrig, the Auburn Speedster was a masterpiece. Created with beautiful lines, and equipped with a supercharger, this Auburn was designed to maximize potential speed and make a social statement.
Each model was adorned with a plaque indicating that Ab Jenkins tested the car to over 100 mph. From the 1950s to the early 1960s, radio and television personality Charlie Arlington owned this car and its twin, and he would lease the pair for appearances in movies and on television. In the 1960s, this car was sold to the donors Phil and Betty Hedbeck. They exhibited the car at the 1964 International Automobile Show at Lincoln Center in New York as part of Sports Illustrated’s “Cavalcade of the Car.”
This car, from the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, represents the original car that ran at Bonneville in 1935.