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Saw this on Facebook. Not mine. I know Auburns get discussed here a lot, so have at it & pick away. I don't give a crap what you say about it - it ain't mine.

 

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/112851948728196/?notif_t=group_highlights&multi_permalinks=2810294085742173&gid=140885462683062&ref=notif&fb_dtsg_ag=AQz7njorlo0Sqda23uezXuC55H1IAPKQe-pcTHGknH2fPA%3AAQwSvo_fqF_CeO0wGfLX4wJ2823yztEsc3CMOCA4iGGjmQ&jazoest=27864

 

1935 Auburn 851 Phaeton
Feeding Hills, Massachusetts
$79,000

1935 Auburn Model 851 Roadster. This car is stunning, it has had a frame off restoration and is in excellent condition. The book on this car is $120,000. Car needs convertible top installed but top bows are restored. Price is $79,000. Serious inquiries only please. Call 204-6179 in the 413 area code. Thanks.

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Two questions:

 

1.  Being from Mass I'm interested in where Feed Hills is?

 

2.  What is an Auburn Roadster?

 

If it is a non blown convertible coupe that is truly frame off with the correct parts,  it might not be a bad deal.   But restorations seldom live up to the description of the sellers.

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1 hour ago, alsancle said:

Two questions:

 

1.  Being from Mass I'm interested in where Feed Hills is?

 

2.  What is an Auburn Roadster?

 

If it is a non blown convertible coupe that is truly frame off with the correct parts,  it might not be a bad deal.   But restorations seldom live up to the description of the sellers.

Two answers:

Answer to #1 question: How the hell should I know. I'm not from Mass. & it's not my car.

Answer to #2 question: How the hell should I know. I'm not from Mass. & it's not my car.😁

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The ad reads it's a phaeton if you get into it.  Whether it's 100 percent correct it looks very nice underneath.  The dash looks quite nice as well. Too bad they didn't want a 36 Cord phaeton. 

I have found Facebook marketplace leaves a bit to be desired in the way it's executed.  Too bad craigslist is charging now for ads,  as it seems to have driven people away to facebook,  which needed a little more competition so they would have to improve the marketplace more before it became the new big game in town. Unfortunately not quite worth trading both my Ford and Cord for this Auburn, or maybe it is.  I think the person selling it is a dealer,  so it looks like something they are flipping or brokering. 

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Comments even say it's a V8  car ;) 

Too bad it's not a 31-33.  Even close by and I like the colors. 

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1935 Auburn 851 Phaeton
Feeding Hills, Massachusetts
$79,000
1935 Auburn Model 851 Roadster. This car is stunning, it has had a frame off restoration and is in excellent condition. The book on this car is $120,000. Car needs convertible top installed but top bows are restored. Price is $79,000. Serious inquiries only please. Call 204-6179 in the 413 area code. Thanks.

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Randy,

time to finish up your Cord and enjoy it.

 

you dont need no stinkin Auburn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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We have a couple of experts in Curt and John on the forum. I would be interested in their opinion on the market for these cars.   If it was finished I think it would be a bargain, but sometimes the last 10% of a restoration is as expensive as the first 90.

 

btw,  the two tone isn’t helping me get excited.

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I actually don't mind the two tone but usually the darker color is the accent and the lighter is the main body color though I don't think I would want the whole car red with a maroon accents.  I have seen many other hideous combinations and it isn't white or tan so that's a start. 

 

Problem with finishing up the Cord,  is the only thing I have really started on it,  was the parts collection phase.  Tons of dollars time and frustration until I get to this phase.  

 

Oh I forgot to mention I have a huge garage project that will definitely take precedence over the Cord,  both financially and in man hours.  

I should offer the guy just to see how long it takes him to reject the deal. 

 

I would be curious what an Auburn "expert "  thought of it.  Things look pretty correct to the untrained eye, except maybe the Upholstery. 

Of Course maybe none have chimed in,  because they are ,making arrangements for it to be shipped right now. 

Enough time to get the top on it and get it to Auburn for the meet and make a few bucks ,  if it's really all that. 

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I asked him if he will trade my 2 for his one.  We'll see what he says. 

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3 hours ago, auburnseeker said:

I asked him if he will trade my 2 for his one.  We'll see what he says. 

You might have to change your name to auburnrestorer!

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32 minutes ago, ericmac said:

You might have to change your name to auburnrestorer!

Or maybe 

No_Auburn_For_Me.  

;) 

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49 minutes ago, Steve_Mack_CT said:

If you mean the Ford and the Cord, I would think that combo is worth a little more than Auburn's asking price?

I think they as well may be more than the asking price,  but the asking price does seem a little low when compared to a 6 cylinder car that also just got put on the market, then there is the factor that for a trade to work,  I always seem to need to be on the low end of value of my cars.  I've only been able to trade one car,  late model or antique and in the end,  I don't think I really came out ahead.  I always got frustrated with trying to trade things in as mine were actually in better shape than what I was trading for but what I was trading for,  fit my needs better.  I remember once going to look at a Dually on a lot with low miles and 4 blade tires in the back.  I told the dealer I was interested but it needed 4 new tires,  they were well past the wear indicators and had maybe 1/32 tread left, but they told me,  nope they were good to go.  Not sure who does their state inspections but there was no doubt they would fail inspection. So I walked away.  Of course mine had 4 new tires on the back.  Theirs was 4 wheel drive though and mine was 2 so I was trying to trade mine in on it plus my cash to make up the difference.  Mind you mine needed no detailing as it glowed in the dark inside and out and theirs ,  well wasn't very well detailed to say the least.  

I had a chance to trade the 40 for a 32 Roadster this weekend.  The guy drove it up.  It was nice and attractively finished but it was a glass car so I was reluctant.  Alot of glass 32 Ford's for sale.  Tough market to sell in. Even tougher than steel 40 Ford coupes. 

I'm not sure how all these other guys that trade in always make out so well,  unless they are just looking at payment or something and not doing the long form on the math. 

Anyways,  I'll let you all know if I get a response. 

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All I could see is a bunch of facebook ad's. In reference to the one pix above, I can tell you there is NO top under that boot.  

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I counted 11 pictures of it on FB. I just copied and pasted some here, so people don't have to go to the link, and apparently for some the link doesn't work anyway.

There are no engine pictures provided; that's why I didn't copy and paste one.

 

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I haven't heard back from the seller.  The only thing I will say is the photos leave a little to be desired.  It would have ben nice if they moved it away from the bus and got back and took a bunch of good photos then as mentioned one under the hood would have been nice.  

I also noticed the top wasn't on it,  but figured since there wasn't any canvas on it,  it wouldn't do you much good to put it on until you had the material put on it. Might even damage the boot area if you don't have the material on it and finish on the bows.  

Looks pretty correct to me.  Any thoughts on that?  

I wish I had cash to look at one,  I might take a spin down to look at it.  I think it's about 3 or so hours away. 

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I always pay close attention the the location and backgrounds of car advertisement pictures. It can be very telling. I was noticing the bus, "Hey! Don't swing the door of our treasured Auburn into the bus!"

 

Heavy construction equipment seems the most common background for the uninformed seller. Those are easy places for Dad or Gramps to fund those long term projects.

 

I think the car looks good, price is in the range of a new Tahoe. Buy the car for cash, lease a Tahoe.

Bernie

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1 hour ago, RICHELIEUMOTORCAR said:

 Anyone notice how almost every 35-36 Auburn is painted in some shade of dark red? My 35 is too..

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I think I like your paint scheme better.

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Guilty as charged -- my '35, which I restored in 1994-1996 and painted red on my wife's request. When I first took it to the ACD Meet back in 1997, I was afraid red would be too common a color, but I counted only a couple of other Auburns in red on the field. I haven't paid much attention since. 

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Still no reply.  Would be nice if the guy just told me to Go to hell or something.  I guess he doesn't want to talk a trade he could make money on.  Oh well.  I really want a 31-33 anyways.  

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