1600 S. Wayne St., Auburn, Indiana
Named for the three legendary marques produced by the Auburn Automobile Company, this museum is both a showcase for automobiles and a celebration of the era between World War I and World War II, when the luxury car was in its heyday. The building, now a National Historic Landmark, was the Auburn Automobile Company’s headquarters, a spacious structure that has been restored to its 1930 art-deco splendor. The floor is geometrically patterned in marble, and the high ceiling friezes are enriched with complementary designs.
The ground-floor exhibit contains some of the best engineered and most luxuriously appointed cars ever built, including a 265-horsepower 1932 Duesenberg coupe that oil tycoon J. Paul Getty paid $15,000 for, and a stunning 1935 Auburn Boattail Speedster that sold for $2,245. (Today it’s valued at $150,000.)
The most striking automobiles here are Auburns, Cords, and Duesenbergs from the 1920s and 1930s. But other makes, such as Stutz, Rolls-Royce, and Packard, are also represented, as well as a 1952 Crosley once owned by architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
The cars exhibited on the second floor provide an over- view of automotive history. Thematic galleries are devoted to early Auburns (1903–1924); rare cars built in the city of Auburn (McIntyre, Kiblinger, Zimmerman); uncommon makes built in Indiana (Lexington, Cole, Marmon); and cars of special interest, such as a 1933 Checker taxicab, a 1936 Auburn hearse, and pioneer-era electric cars.
Open daily year-round except major holidays. Admission charged.