We’ve heard of people going to great lengths to keep their old car protected from the elements. We’ve even heard stories of people building walls around car in to keep it safe. According to the seller of this 1935 Auburn 653, it was found a week ago walled in in the previous owner’s garage. After tearing down a wall to get to it, they have now pulled it free from its resting place and have listed it here on eBay.
This pre-war classic is going to need a full restoration, but it looks like it will make a great starting point. It has spent at least the past 60 years in Southern Oregon, which means cancerous rust shouldn’t be a huge issue. The car was last licensed in 1953 and was parked in the previous owner’s garage around that time. The garage apparently lacked a door, so they built a wall to close the opening. It appears to have done a decent job of protecting the car from the elements, but time has still taken its toll.
This Auburn was advanced for its time, with the Columbia two speed differential and the Startix ignition system. The car’s original straight six engine is still in the car, but the seller doesn’t state whether it turns freely or not. It appears that most of the parts are still here, but this could be a big project to get this running again. With only 85 hp, don’t plan on getting anywhere in a hurry, but the two speed differential should make this a comfortable car to drive at speed.
We don’t come by Auburns very often, the few we do are usually in very rough condition. This one has plenty of rust and will need some major work, but it looks solid. The next time you’re in an old barn or garage, be sure to check behind every wall you see, you might just find something great hiding behind it. We would like to thank Mike H for sharing this interesting find with us.