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  • A genuine Salon model; one of the most desirable multi-cylinder cars of its era
  • Retains numbers-matching engine block
  • Known ownership history from new
  • Fitted with Pilot Ray Driving Lights and Auburn-Crosley radio

In an attempt to improve sales of its smooth, powerful 12-cylinder model in the face of the Great Depression, Indiana automaker Auburn introduced a Salon version for 1933. The Salon was built upon its own specially strengthened chassis with adjustable vacuum-boosted brakes, and sported numerous unique design features, including a racing-inspired vee’d grille smoothly blended into the hoodline, unique headlamp lenses, fenders edged in chrome brightwork, and the iconic and widely copied “ribbon” bumpers. These were inarguably some of the most beautiful Auburns ever built, as well as among the most expensive and luxurious, and are today among the most desired by collectors. They are also scarce; the model was produced only for 1933, although retitled leftovers were subsequently sold into 1934.

The car offered here, serial number 1250 1064 H, benefits from having known ownership history since day one of its existence. Its original owner was a Mr. Carter of Pensacola, Florida, who likely acquired his new car for a bargain price in the midst of the Great Depression. Used for about 25,000 miles by the time of Mr. and Mrs. Carter’s passing in the mid-1950s, it was subsequently inherited and put into storage by their three children. It remained in a Pensacola garage until 1979, when it was finally sold to the second owner, enthusiast Arthur Griffin, who had spent 18 years pursuing it!

Subsequently fully restored in its present brilliant scarlet livery, with a tan interior and tan cloth top, the car was maintained by Mr. Griffin for a decade. For the past 30 years, the car has remained a member of a private collection. Now presenting an older restoration, the Auburn remains extremely attractive in its details and overall authenticity. The restoration has mellowed very nicely, with light wear to the interior from limited use and the paint and chrome imperfections showing the age of the craftsman’s work. The Salon Twelve trim is correct and original throughout, and the car has virtually all available accessories, including dual Pilot Ray steering driving lights and an original Auburn-Crosley radio; the engine block is the numbers-matching and correct Auburn unit for this car.

A true classic in every sense, this Auburn 1250 Salon Phaeton Sedan has remained remarkably intact as a result of the several caretakers this car has had over the years. Fully equipped with period accessories, this 12-cylinder-powered machine is perfect for touring and will be welcome at any show in the country. To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/mo22.

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