photograph of tour vehicle taken days after it was purchased
"new" from an Adelaide "Auburn agent".
The 1935 Auburn Phaeton was lovingly restored by the current owner and tour operator. It was purchased "new" from an Adelaide agent in August 1935 by the operator's grandfather, Mr A.L.A. Wehr. Mr Wehr was still driving the vehicle up to the early 1950's, nearly ninety years of age and blind in one eye.
After his death, the vehicle was put into storage until the late 1970's when the restoration process began. Restorations to the vehicle were completed by 1999.
The business "Auburn Tours" began in the same year and to date many guests from all over the world have travelled in this rare automobile while savouring the delights of the unique wine region that is the "Barossa Valley".
Trevor Wehr with Oska
"Grandson of the original owner, the restorer and owner / operator of Auburn Tours"
Born in the small town of Freeling on the edge of the "Barossa", Trevor grew up in a farming and engineering environment. He trained and became a qualified motor mechanic with the Royal Automobile Association in Adelaide, and for 20 years managed his own automotive mechanical repair business. During that time he was involved in racing a Formula 3 "open-wheeler" and later managed a "superkart" team. Over the years he has owned numerous motorcycles and prestige automobiles, but his most satisfying achievement has been the restoration of his Grandfather's 1935 Auburn.
In 1999, with his wife Elizabeth, they returned to the Barossa Valley and settled in the town of Angaston. Having a passion for wine and the history of the "Barossa", they have included the Auburn in a unique "touring experience" of this world renowned wine producing region.
Photograph of Trevor provided courtesy of Hugh Hartshorne, formerly of Adelaide, now living and working in New York City