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  1. 35 Auburn 851 Cabriolet barn find

    Right on the rodents, they don't squeal, just squeak. And from that you could infer almost anything....
  2. 35 Auburn 851 Cabriolet barn find

    Yes, leaving a post open does stretch it out. Somewhere it was mentioned. He got the car somewhere around 1948-50. Maybe we'll find an exact date in the papers. No, I'm not going to round up mouse suspects and take them downtown for questioning.
  3. 35 Auburn 851 Cabriolet barn find

    Thanks Xander, I'm sure if it could talk it would be swearing at the long parking job. I actually wouldn't be surprised if it didn't sell till 1936 if it got dressed up a bit for a showroom. When I get a chance I'll have the executors shoot a picture of the title. My 66 Volvo parts car is listed as a 67 by the state on a the title because it didn't sell till then but the numbers do show it was a 66. Not surprising as they didn't make 4 doors in 67!
  4. 35 Auburn 851 Cabriolet barn find

    Yes the radio, banjo spokes and heater look like they were all dealer installed out of a Western Auto supply source. Makes sense really as the cars could be ordered without those items then dressed up at the showroom by the dealer mechanics to suit the local market and not pay the factory premium. This car was snazzy enough to get the punters in where no doubt they were encouraged into 6 cylinder sedans. My Dad added the dangling cigarette case, I'm not sure about the fan but it is kind of neat.
  5. 35 Auburn 851 Cabriolet barn find

    Interesting on the kit though. Do you know what was in it? Does anybody know if factory shipping invoices to dealers were saved showing which cars went where? It would be fun to track this car's original destination.
  6. 35 Auburn 851 Cabriolet barn find

    This is a 1935 851 as the data plate shows. In fact Curt is pretty sure it is a earlier 35 from the dash.
  7. 35 Auburn 851 Cabriolet barn find

    I'll take a look when I can but I'm 99.9% sure it is the original block as my Dad had it rebuilt early on, not swapped. He got a good turn of speed out of it. I'm sure the speedometers on these aren't very accurate but he said it went over the ton on the flat road at Nisqually enthusiats tended to use for such things back then.
  8. 35 Auburn 851 Cabriolet barn find

    Curt tells me I'm looking at GG3411 for the engine numbers.
  9. 35 Auburn 851 Cabriolet barn find

    Hey, sorry for not posting this sooner but we overlooked the data plate on the initial picture shoot. My Dad let it get painted over when he had the car sprayed. It is a bit hard to make out in the pic, paint is left on so you can see it's been on there. The numbers read.... Model 851 Serial number 2591F Engine number CC3411
  10. 35 Auburn 851 Cabriolet barn find

    This should be interesting watch! Thanks for the link.
  11. 35 Auburn 851 Cabriolet barn find

    He was an interesting guy. He started at the paper as a photographer, became a reporter and eventually became the editor. Once at the top he declined a reserved parking place and parked in the back lot with the guys who ran the presses. Quite often he drove his Dad's old battered 48 Chevy 3/4 ton truck to work. His work car for years was a 1970 Volkswagen type 3 fastback. He didn't really care much about convention but knew what he liked.
  12. 35 Auburn 851 Cabriolet barn find

    That car actually got him work at the newspaper he spent his career at. He was on his way to Portland to apply in a bigger city and stopped at the local rag to chat. The editor at the time was a old car fan and Jaguar owner who was intrigued about what sort of character would drive an Auburn. My Dad did get into Jaguars as time moved along driving a MKVII but as his family grew he sold it but he kept the Auburn. He also built a house and left the yacht club where no doubt the Jag was a better fit.
  13. 35 Auburn 851 Cabriolet barn find

    All good reasons why I tell people to put down what it is worth to them. You just might get it at a price you can afford...... AND YOU MIGHT MISS OUT!!!! Hurry before the pirates sell to rich collectors over seas!! That buy it now is a bargain to some! There I've done my estate duty for the day, but you never know....
  14. 35 Auburn 851 Cabriolet barn find

    I don't know, quite a few cars got parked by the stumps and used for target practice. Some effort was made.