Indiana’s Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum

1600 S. Wayne St., Auburn, Indiana Named for the three legendary marques produced by the Auburn Automobile Company, this museum

1600 S. Wayne St., Auburn, Indiana

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, Indiana
A 1935 Auburn 851 Speedster is one of the roadsters on display in the Gordon Buehrig Gallery of Design, named for a renowned Auburn designer. Auburns were manufactured from 1903 to 1936.

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.

www.acdmuseum.org

(260) 925-1444

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest