36. 1935 Auburn 851 Supercharger
Auburn Automobile was a company started in Auburn, Indiana, in 1900. The company soon grew to be one of the largest local manufacturers. Auburn began as a mid-class offering. But in the mid-1920s under the supervision of Errett Lobban Cord, it became a premium manufacturer. They began offering some elegant, stylish, and fast cars. The first step was the introduction of straight eight-cylinder engines synonymous with luxury models. Its finest model was the glorious Auburn 851 SC introduced in 1935 (via Supercars).
The car had a 4.5-liter straight-eight engine with an optional supercharger and fantastic performance for the time because of that fact. Unfortunately, the market wasn’t impressed and Auburn production ceased in 1937. This story is precisely what makes 851 Supercharged so valuable due to its lack of availability. On the rare occasions these cars cross the auction block, they achieve prices of over $770,000 as a result.