The Auburn brand's last model year was 1936, Cord and Duesenberg carrying on for one more year. Auburns were upper-middle range cars, some of which had V-12 motors, a prestige item then and now. Sporty Auburn Speedsters for 1928-36 had boat-tail bodies and some other Auburn models featured sporty looks. However, this post deals with the brand's sedans, the models required to sustain viability.
Auburn sedans were redesigned for 1934. Unfortunately, that was the model year LaSalle, a competing General Motors brand was also redesigned in a more modern manner featuring an all-steel roof, among other features. So Auburn faced an uphill battle. The company's reaction was a 1935 facelift of the entire front end that, coupled with the old-fashioned appearance of the rest of the car, was not good enough to remain competitive. Auburns for 1936 were essentially unchanged, corporate development money going to the re-launched Cord brand.