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Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival Homecoming 2017

Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival 2017

Saturday Concours in Eckhart Park, Auburn, Indiana, as part of the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival. (Cars On Line Photo by Kelly Kluft)


Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival … Labor Day
Homecoming in Auburn, Indiana

The Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival is a Homecoming for all the vintage motorcars produced here at the Auburn plant as they find their way back home to Indiana. The annual Labor Day Homecoming is such an amazing display of Americana that we count it as one of the major car shows to add to your bucket list. Cars On Line.com will be here all weekend to capture the event “live” for you in photos and video.

The Concours in the Park provided an opportunity to get up close to these moving pieces of art. Here are some of the hundreds of Auburns, Cords and Dusenbergs that made it back to Eckhart Park for the giant reunion:

After the concours in Eckhart Park in Auburn, all of the Auburns, Cords and Duesenberg lined up for a spectacular Parade of Classics down Jackson Street and to the Courthouse. Here is what our photographers captured in video:

The Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival is in full gear, running August 27-September 4, 2017. We are here at the headquarters of the Auburn Automobile Company, where pre-war Auburns, Cords and Duesenbergs were designed. Although, Duesenbergs were actually built in Michigan, the Auburns and Cords were produced right here in the old plant on the grounds of what is today the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum.

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum

No trip to Auburn, Indiana is complete without a stop at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum. Entering the museum is like stepping back in time. It offers over 120 cars on exhibit on three levels. Nine automotive themed galleries allow visitors to experience everything from classic cars to racing and engineering themed exhibits.

A statue of E. L. Cord stands outside the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum in Auburn, Indiana. (Cars On Line Photo by Kelly Kluft)

Those who enter the museum will find themselves standing in the original Auburn Automobile Company art deco-styled showroom. Here you’ll see Auburn, Cord, and Duesenberg motorcars of the classic era 1925–1937. Take a look below:

Other exhibits include the Gallery of Special Interest Automobiles, the Gallery of Excellence and Innovation, and the Gallery of Auburn, Indiana Automobiles to name a few. Below are just a handful of vehicles you’ll see throughout these exhibits:

For more information about the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, please visit their website: automobilemuseum.org

Auction America’s Auburn Fall Auction 2017

Meanwhile, at the Auctions America Auction Park, the Auburn Fall Auction 2017 by Auctions America will run August 31-September 3, 2017. Some of the finest classic motorcars will be on sale here to the highest bidder along with muscle cars, street rods and customs.

1932 Packard Eight Sport Phaeton SOLD at the Fall Auburn Auction 2017

1932 Packard Eight Sport Phaeton SOLD on Friday here at the Fall Auburn Auction 2017 for more than the estimated value. Price at the hammer: $166,100. (Cars On Line Photo by Brian Fruzen)

Click here to get a review of Saturday’s Auburn Fall Auction sale.

Every evening in downtown Auburn, the streets near the heart of the city are packed with classic cars from yesteryear. The logo says:  “Come celebrate the legacy of the Auburn Automobile Company in Auburn Indiana, where automobile and art converge.”  One of the billboards on the way to Auburn says, “It’s not just a car … it’s a Time Machine.”

Auctions America’s Fall Auburn Auction Continues Tradition

Auction America's Fall Auburn Auction

Auctions America’s Fall Auburn Auction

Auctions America’s Fall Auburn Auction continues a tradition in Auburn, Indiana. Every Labor Day Weekend they hold a huge classic car auction during the Auburn-Cord-Duesnberg Festival.

Cars On Line is in Auburn to provide live on-the-spot coverage exclusively for our readers. So sit back and enjoy the show. Saturday’s sale was the “prime time” event here in Auburn as some of the finest vintage classics and exotic cars in the country were sold here yesterday. Here are some of the top cars sold at the Auburn Auction Park:

 

Cars On Line newsletter readers have been getting previews of some of Auctions America’s Fall Auburn Auction cars in the COL newsletter.  Our Cars On Line.com team were looking at those prime time cars on Saturday.  Click through to our Facebook page for commentary. Our Facebook followers were active in the discussion.  Final sales prices have just been listed on the Auctions America website,  click this link to research sales prices. Auctions America provided a live stream during the auction so that you could view and hear the auction. Our readers were watching the live stream on their tablets or computers as they discussed the sale on our Facebook page.

Auctions America’s Fall Auburn Auction happens every year on Labor Day Weekend. It is a tradition to have the big auction sale on the same weekend as the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival. This was the 60th year that this Festival in Auburn, Indiana has been held. It’s purpose was to honor the three big motorcar companies which were headquartered here under the guidance of E.L. Cord, the owner and founder of Cord, also owned Auburn Motor Company and the Duesenberg brand. There is so much history here that it is almost like you’ve stepped back in time to experience this festive weekend. Click here to read the story our Cars On Line team wrote about the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival.

The next Auctions America sale will be at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, November 5, 2016, during the Hilton Head Motoring Festival and Concours D’Elegance. Click here for details.

Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival Reunion

Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival Concours in Eckhart Park

Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival … Labor Day
Homecoming in Auburn, Indiana

AUBURN, Indiana, Septemer 5, 2016 — We’re wrapping up our Labor Day Weekend with a tour of the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum here in Auburn, Indiana. The state of Indiana could well have been called the heart of the automotive industry instead of Detroit. If things had gone his way E.L. Cord would have made that happen. His fledling automotive empire here in Auburn never reached the heights of his expectations, but he had his days. The Art Deco new car showroom he built here in Auburn attests to that. Let’s see what we can find inside:

The offices of E.L. Cord are all intact and even the sales meeting room and board room are maintained as they were back in the day. The most interesting rooms upstairs are the design studios of Gordon Buerhig and Alan Leamy. All of this history unfolds for you as you walk through the same hallways that Cord and his staff did in the 1930s.

Here in the historic automobile capitol of Indiana we know this great Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival is wrapping up after a week of festivities. Each year,  this Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival  just keeps getting better. The homecoming for all Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg automobiles and their owners is well attended. Our Cars On Line team is on the beat, bringing you the stories and photos from the show.

The weather was perfect for the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival Concours D’Elegance on Saturday morning here in Auburn, Indiana. The Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival is in full gear, running August 28-September 5, 2016. Right here at the headquarters of the Auburn Automobile Company, Auburns, Cords and Duesenbergs were designed and produced. Today our Cars On Line team captured all the action as classic Auburns, Cords and Duesenbergs gathered for the morning concours in Eckhart Park. Then this afternoon they paraded down Jackson Street through downtown Auburn. It was an incredible sight to see. So we thought we’d let you see it here. Click the video window below to view:

Our Cars On Line.com team of photographers has put together a slideshow of the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival Parade on Saturday. Check out a sample of the hundreds of classic motorcars in the parade:

That’s what Auburn, Indiana has always been about. The Auburn Automobile Company, which produced Auburns, Cords and Duesenbergs, was headquartered here in the middle of town. And on Labor Day Weekend every year all the cars return for their homecoming, the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival. The town is already packed with classic car hobbyists.

 

Our Cars On Line.com team will be here to cover all the action at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival again this year. It is one of our favorite shows.

Auctions America's Fall Auburn Auction to sell this 1933 Duesenberg J Berline by Franay

1933 Duesenberg Berline by Franay sold on Saturday for $675,000. Click to preview.

Meanwhile at the Auburn Auction Park, the Fall Auburn Auction by Auctions America will run September 1-4, 2016. Some of the finest classic motorcars will be on sale here to the highest bidder along with muscle cars, street rods and customs. Click here to get a review of Saturday’s Auctions America Fall Auburn Auction. Bookmark this page and we will post sales prices as soon as they are available. Cars On Line newsletter readers have been getting previews of some of the top cars every week in the newsletter. Our Cars On Line.com team will be bringing you the prime time cars on Sunday. Be sure to watch our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates on what the top cars sell for.

Every evening in downtown Auburn, the streets near the heart of the city are packed with classic cars from yesteryear. The logo says:  “Come celebrate the legacy of the Auburn Automobile Company in Auburn Indiana, where automobile and art converge.”  One of the billboards on the way to Auburn says, “It’s not just a car … its a Time Machine.”

2016 Auburn Spring Auction by Auctions America

1959 Ford Skyliner Retractable

A 1959 Ford Skyliner Retractable show off on the auction block at the 2016 Auburn Spring Auction in Auburn, Indiana on Friday night. (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com)

“Prime Time” Saturday At The Auburn Spring Auction …

Join us at the 2016 Auburn Spring Auction by Auctions America this weekend with live coverage of the event right here on this page. You can follow all the auction action here as we invite you to watch the live stream of this event by Auctions America from the Auburn Auction Park in Auburn, Indiana. You can watch the auction via a live stream on your smart phone, tablet or on your computer. Click here to watch right now.

Saturday is “Prime Time” at the 2016 Auburn Spring Auction and we are witnessing an historic sale of important collector vehicles. Hundreds of collector cars are crossing the auction block during this the last day of the auction event. Cars On Line’s roving photo journalist Bob Boberg will be capturing some of today’s event in photos for us. His posts on Twitter and Facebook will cover much of the live action today.

Here are some of the cars we’ll be watching in the Saturday sale here at the 2016 Auburn Spring Auction by Auctions America:

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible
Lot # 734
No Reserve – America’s Car, Continental kit, dual exhaust, fender skirts
Sold for $51,000
1957 Buick Roadmaster Riviera 1957 Buick Roadmaster Riviera Coupe
Lot # 754
From the Wayne Carini Collection
Value: $25,000 – $35,000
1933 Pierce-Arrow Model 836 1933 Pierce-Arrow Model 836
Lot # 756
From the Wayne Carini Collection
Sold for $48,000
1957 Mercury Monarch Lucerne Convertible 1957 Mercury Monarch Lucerne Convertible
Lot # 758
Canadian Mercury, tri-toned red/black/white
Sold for $41,500
1931 Auburn 8-98 Phaeton 1931 Auburn 8-98 Phaeton
Lot # 776
Dual Sidemounts, Lycoming Straight 8
Sold for $82,500
1970 Pontiac GTO Judge 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge RA III
Lot # 777
Hurst 4-speed, console shifter, Orbit Orange
Value: $95,000 – $110,000
1955 Packard Caribbean Convertible 1955 Packard Caribbean Convertible
Lot # 784
One of only 500 Caribbeans produced
Value: $80,000 – $90,000
1948 Nash Ambassador Suburban Woodie  1948 Nash Ambassador Suburban Woodie
Lot # 786
Only 130 built, high quality restoration
Sold for $60,000
1967 Chevelle Malibu Convertible 1967 Chevelle Malibu Convertible
Lot # 792
We judged this one to be a low No. 3 condition
Click here to read our review
Sold for $14,000
1933 Ford Speedster 1933 Ford Speedster
Lot # 800
Looks just like an Alloway Speedster
Sold for $26,500
1970 Boss 429 Mustang 1970 Boss 429 Mustang
Lot # 811
Only 16,700 miles, unrestored original
Sold for $217,000
1968 Shelby GT500 1968 Shelby GT500
Lot # 813
Reserve was off at $100,000
Sold for $145,000
1968 Camaro RS Z/28 1968 Camaro RS Z/28
Lot # 816
Said to be excellent mechanically, 302, 4-spd, 12-bolt
Sold for $39,000
1946 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet 1946 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet
Lot # 849
1 of 201 cabriolets produced, V-12
Sold for $50,000
1953 Oldsmobile 98 Convertible 1953 Oldsmobile 98 Convertible
Lot # 853
Sweet car, Rocket 303 ci V8
Sold for $51,000
1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Sunliner 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Sunliner
Lot # 857
Exceptional car with one partial repaint
Sold for $22,000

 

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival 2015 Parade, Concours and Collector Car Auctions

Duesenberg Drags

Vintage Duesenbergs gathered at the Goshen, Indiana Airport for the “Duesenberg Drags.” They let those big Duesenberg engines roar. What a sight. (Photos by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com.)

 

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival Concours …

What a fitting finale for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the largest collection of Duesenbergs ever. With over 75 Duesenberg vintage motorcars assembled in Auburn, Indiana for the 59th Annual Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival, the promoters invited them to compete against each other on the Goshen, Indiana Airport runway. They closed off a runway and let those beautiful Duesenberg motors roar. It was a sight that few will ever see so we thought we’d have to show you the Duesenberg Thunder Run here in video:

We’re on the way back from the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival 2015 for Labor Day weekend. The show ended on Labor Day,  September 7, 2015. It was the ultimate “homecoming” for all Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg motorcar owners. Cars On Line.com coverage of the show was provided by Donna and Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com. You’ll see some of their photos here below.

The theme of this year’s show was “The Year of the Duesenberg” and over 75 Duesenbergs were to appear here, more than we’ve ever seen before at this show.  Early in the morning the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Concours was held in Eckhart Park in downtown Auburn. Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com caught this short video at Eckhart Park. Click the video window to see more Auburns, Cords and Duesenbergs:

It rained on their parade here at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival in Auburn, Indiana on Saturday morning. But it could not spoil the fun as a great turnout of rare Auburns, Cords and Duesenbergs were on hand.   Early in the morning the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Concours was held in Eckhart Park in downtown Auburn. It was followed by the famous Auburn Cord Duesenberg Parade from the park and down Jackson Street to the Courthouse Square.  Here are some shots from the concours in the park:

Included in the weekend’s events here in Auburn, Indiana were a concours in Eckhart Park, the big Auburn Cord Duesenberg Parade on Saturday, tours of the ACD Museum and two world class collector car auctions, the Auctions America sale at Auburn Auction Park and the Worldwide Auction at the museum complex. Cars On Line has been covering this great show for the past three years, and it is one of our favorite events each year.

Indiana was the home to over one hundred classic motorcar companies. In fact, more classic motorcar marques came from Indiana than in Michigan where Detroit is the center of the automotive industry. The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum is one of the most interesting museums of automotive history in the country. It is housed in the actual headquarters of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Motorcar Company when E.L. Cord built it. The original giant art deco showroom and historic offices where reknown designers such as Gordon Buehrig and Alan Leamy plied their trade still exist today. Explore the museum with us this year as we enjoy a weekend of fun during the Auburn Cord Dusenberg Festival 2015 homecoming.

Meanwhile, just down the freeway at the Auburn Auction Park, Auctions America was holding their Labor Day Weekend collector car sale. The signature car for the sale, a 1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy Roadster sold Saturday for $1,275,000. Look at what we found at the auction:

 For more of the story see an article written by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com. Some of the results of the Auctions American sale are available at www.auctionsamerica.com.

Worldwide Auctioneers at the 2014 Auburn Festival

Worldwide Auctioneers at the 2014 Auburn Festival"

The headliners for Worldwide Auctioneers at the 2014 Auburn Festival auction were a 1931 Cord L-29 Convertible Sedan (above left), a 1929 Cord L-29 Town Car (center) and a real 1935 Auburn 851 SC Boattail Speedster, known as “The Honeymoon Speedster” (right).

 

Rare Vintage Motorcar Auction …

On Saturday we visited the Worldwide Auctioneers at the 2014 Auburn Festival. Worldwide Auctioneers consider themselves to be Vintage Motorcar Specialists and have held an auction at the NATMUS Museum for many years. While the big national auctions may have a few vintage motorcars in their auction sale list, in truth, that’s all Worldwide Auctioneers caters to here. When viewing their inventory display at the NATMUS Museum on Saturday we were struck by the vision of old Cords, Auburn Speedsters and Packards for sale all in one place. This was truly a special sale to attend. We thought we would bring you some photos of these old treasures.

Although it is not an Auburn, Cord or Duesenberg we figured this 1955 Hudson Italia Coupe was by far the most rare piece of coachwork at the show. Only 26 of them were ever produced by Hudson Motor Company. This particular car is considered the finest example in existence and is owned by Ed Souers, the president of the Hudson Italia historian for the Hudson Essex Terreplane Club and manager of the Hudson Motor Company Museum in Ypsilanti, Michigan.  Hudson had been winning in NASCAR for three years but wanted a sports car to compete in the Mexican Carrera Panamerican, an international event. Hudson believed it could achieve success in the European market through competition. Hudson could design what they wanted to build but needed an Italian coachworks to help it produce the car in low volume. They turned to Carrozzeria Touring to complete the very custom build.

1955 Hudson Italia Coupe sale by Worldwide Auctioneers at the 2014 Auburn Festival

1955 Hudson Italia Coupe displayed by Worldwide Auctioneers at the 2014 Auburn Festival event. The engine is a 211.4 ci inline 6 cylinder rated at 114 hp with two dual barrel carburetors, independent front suspension, rear leaf springs and a three-speed manual transmission. Worldwide Auctioneers estimates it to be worth just under a half-million dollars. (Photos by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com.)

1955 Hudson Italia Coupe by Carrozzeria Touring logo     Unusual rear valance on the 1955 Hudson Italia Coupe     front valance of the 1955 Hudson Italia Coupe

 

1931 Cord L29 Convertible Sedan

1931 Cord L29 Convertible Sedan as seen in the inventory display for Worldwide Auctioneers at the 2014 Auburn Festival

 

1938 Talbot Lago T-23 Sport Cabriolet

1938 Talbot Lago T-23 Sport Cabriolet

 

1929 Packard 645 Rollston Roadster

1929 Packard 645 Rollston Roadster complete with woodlights

 

1934 Packard Twelve 1108 Convertible Sedan

1934 Packard Twelve 1108 Convertible Sedan with custom coachwork by Dietrich.

 

1951 Nash Healey Roadster

1951 Nash Healey Roadster, America’s first true sports car, predated the Chevrolet Corvette and the Kaiser Darrin.

 

Cars On Line.com is covering the 2014 Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival here in Auburn, Indiana this weekend. Click here to see tons of photos of vintage motorcars.

 

Auctions America Auction at Auburn Fall Festival

1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Dual Cowl Phaeton

Duesenberg Sells for $1.15 Million …

Saturday evening we were there as a 1935 Duesenberg Model SJ sold for $1.15 million in prime time during the Auctions America Auction at Auburn Fall Festival. This was the top sale for Auctions America, a growing auction house and part of the RM Auctions franchise. Big money came to bid on this particular Duesenberg. This was the first time Auctions America has sold a Duesenberg for over a million dollars at this event.

Photo journalist Bob Boberg, of eClassicAutos.com, caught these exciting photos during the sale.

1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Dual Cowl Phaeton sold during the Auctions America Auction at Auburn Festival

1935 Duesenberg sold at Auctions America Auction at Auburn Festival     1935 Duesenberg on the auction stage     Million dollar Duesenberg

Auctions America puts on a great show each year during the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club’s Festival weekend here in Auburn, Indiana. The Auctions America Auburn Auction Park is a huge complex located just outside of the city of Auburn. In addition to the auction being held there this weekend, you’ll also find a giant swap meet, car corral and a number of automotive accessory vendors set up there.

Photographer Boberg also caught this sale in video.

But the Duesenberg was not the only exciting car to sell here last night. A very desirable 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition (looks just like the paint and trim on the Ford GT-40s that won the Grand Prix championship) sold for #340,000. And a 2005 Ford GT sold for #300,000.

2006 Ford GT Heritage edition

In another top sale of the night a 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition sells for $340,000.

 

1958 Desoto Firedome Convertible

1958 Desoto Firedome Convertible sells for $175,000.

 

1970 Pontiac GTO Judge Ram Air IV

1970 Pontiac GTO Judge Ram Air IV sold for $105,000

 

1968 Shelby GT500 KR

1968 Shelby GT500 KR sells for $126,000.

Cars On Line.com is covering the 2014 Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival here in Auburn, Indiana this weekend. Click here to see tons of photos of vintage motorcars.

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Parade

Auburn passes DeKalb County Courthouse at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Parade

Auburn 852 Phaeton passes in review in front of the DeKalk County Courthouse in downtown Auburn, Indiana during the ACD Parade.

 

ACD Festival Parade of Classics …

The best part of the ACD Festival is the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Parade on Saturday morning. Every year they hold the festive ACD Concours at Eckhart Park here in Auburn, Indiana. After the judging, the vintage Auburns, Cords and Duesenbergs all profile out of the park and parade through Auburn down Jackson Street in front of the courthouse square. People will come from miles around for the opportunity to see these cars once again dominate the streets of Auburn. This is another item you’ve got to put on your bucket list.

All the cars from the ACD Concours paraded down Jackson Street, turned at 2nd Street and turned again down Main Street past a stage where an announcer provided information on the type of car and owners. We were able to shoot the cars at a couple of different locations including on Main Street in front of the court house. We got some great video during the parade.

It makes your heart swell to see these vintage motorcars all together in one place. It is amazing how many Auburns you see in this parade. Because the Auburn Motor Company was headquartered here for so many years, from the turn of the century until the late 1930’s, there are a good number of them preserved by ACD club owners here. There is a good variety of car preserved, from the early Auburns to the 852 models that made were produced in much higher numbers. Far fewer of the Duesenbergs have survived.

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Parade

Duesenbergs are so rare that even here in Indiana it startles you to see a line of them all in parade. Photo journalist Bob Boberg, of eClassicAutos.com, captures this shot at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Parade on Saturday.

 

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Parade

 

Coffin nosed Cords at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Parade

 

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Parade

 

Hundreds of vintage Auburns were on hand for the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Parade

 

Lots of speedsters Auburn Cord Duesenberg Parade

Cars On Line.com is covering the 2014 Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival here in Auburn, Indiana this weekend. Click here to see tons of photos of vintage motorcars as we reveal the excitement of this incredible show.

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Concours

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Concours

There is something almost spiritual about the gathering of classic car owners here at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Concours at Eckhart Park in Auburn, Indiana. If you are a vintage motorcar buff this is one concours you must have on your bucket list. It is a judged event and Auburn Cord and Duesenberg owners take it very seriously. They dress up in period costumes and put on a great show. Because Auburn, Indiana is steeped in history it only seems fitting that this Auburn Cord Duesenberg Concours is held here in Eckhart Park.

According to Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com, it is estimated that about 200 + cars were included in the show. The largest part of the cars present are, of course, Auburns. The Auburn Automobile Company had a long history and here in Indiana there is a large community of owners who preserve these cars. There also were a fair number of Cords, mostly the coffin-nosed Cords. “There were only seven Duesenbergs that I saw,” Bob told us. Then he added, “This is a very laid-back affair, nice setting, and good weather.  This is a close knit group of guys and their families.  A few people dressed in period attire as you can see in the photos.  A very unique car show.”

Founded in 1874, the Eckhart Carriage Company built a successful business making horse carriages. Frank Eckhart lead the company into the “automotive age” as he designed and built his own Auburn automobiles. His Auburn Automobile Company prospered, particularly after E.L. Cord was brought in to run the business. Cord was in inventive entrepreneur. In 1929 he not only took over Auburn’s production, but also launched his own line of Cord motorcars. He then proceeded to buy out Duesenberg Automobile Co.

I have a chart of the production cars that have been produced in the state of Indiana. It shows that 153 makes of vintage cars were produced in Indiana. The names range from Auburn to Zimmerman. Although more production makes were manufactured in Indianapolis than in Auburn, Auburn still ranks as the headquarters for Auburn and Cord motorcars. The Duesenberg was produced in Indianapolis where the Duesenberg brothers worked even after Cord bought them out.

Auburn, Indiana is emersed in the history of the American Motorcar. It was here that the Black, Desoto, Kiblinger, Union and the Zimmerman were produced along with the Auburn Cord and Duesenberg.

Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com has captured some of the pomp and circumstance of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Concours with his camera. Here is what he saw today.

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival Concours

 

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Concours

 

Founded in 1874, the Eckhart Carriage Company built a successful business making horse carriages. Frank Eckhart lead the company into the "automotive age" as he designed and built his own Auburn automobiles. His Auburn Automobile Company prospered, particularly after E.L. Cord was brought in to run the business. Cord was in inventive entrepreneur. In 1929 he not only took over Auburn's production, but also launched his own line of Cord motorcars. He then proceeded to buy out Duesenberg Automobile Co.

 

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Concours

 

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Concours

 

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Concours

Cars On Line.com is covering the 2014 Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival here in Auburn, Indiana this weekend. Click here to see tons of photos of vintage motorcars as we reveal the excitement of this incredible show.

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival

Downtown in Auburn, Indiana on Friday we found a car show on the town square as part of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival.  The downtown car show is one of the engaging traditions  during the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival each year. Now you should know that Auburn has an enchanting old downtown area to begin with. The 19th Century architecture provides a great background for an old car show. On Friday morning the streets were lined with old cars giving you the feeling that you may have stepped back into a scene from yesteryears.

Our photographer, Bob Boberg, told us it was a great day for taking photos in the old downtown square. Bob runs eClassicAutos.com, a website full of automotive photography. He got some great shots of the downtown show for us here. As in previous years this car show was open to all classics with only a few of the ACD cars on display.  The cars were parked around both sides of the streets surrounding the courthouse square, and spilled down streets connecting to the center of town.  “You will see there was a little of everything, old and some new cars,” Bob told us. “The lawn around the courthouse was well groomed with lots of flowers.  It was a very pleasant day with mid- to upper-70s temperatures and low humidity.  There was a good size crowd that seemed to be growing when I left to go to Auctions America.  A stage was being set up at one of the adjacent intersections for live entertainment that night. It was probably a great night for an open air party.”

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival

 

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival

 

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival

 

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival

 

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Auburn Cord Duesenberg Swap Meet

2014 Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival

On Friday we started off the day by hitting the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Swap Meet. Talk about your hard-to-find parts! If you are looking for parts for your Indiana produced cars they are here. And to find some of this specially machined parts would be impossible anywhere else.

There were about 50+ booths set up across the street from the ACD Museum with parts almost entirely just for Auburns, Cords and Duesenbergs.  Although it was a small swap meet it was highly specialized. It did represent a good selection of parts just for these unique cars.

Duesenberg waterpump at Auburn Cord Duesenberg Swap Meet

Duesenberg waterpump at Auburn Cord Duesenberg Swap Meet

 

Assorted Auburn gaskets at Auburn Cord Duesenberg Swap Meet

Assorted Auburn gaskets at Auburn Cord Duesenberg Swap Meet

Bendix Stromberg carbs

 

Auburn wheel centers

Cars On Line.com is covering the 2014 Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival here in Auburn, Indiana this weekend. Click here to see tons of photos of vintage motorcars as we reveal the excitement of this incredible show.

 

2014 Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival

1935 Duesenberg sold at Auctions America Auction at Auburn Festival

Last night we saw this 1935 Duesenberg Dual Cowl Phaeton sell for $1.150,000 at the Auctions America Auction during the 2014 Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival. (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com.) Click photo to see more from the auction.

Excitement at the 2014 Auburn Fall Festival …

AUBURN, IN–August 31, 2014 – On Saturday evening in prime time a 1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Dual Cowl Phaeton sold for $1,150,000 marking the top sale here at the Auctions America Auction during the 2014 Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival. Auctions America puts on a great show here in Auburn, Indiana each year for the ACD Festival. But this was the most money ever paid for a Duesenberg here. The ACD Festival is a homecoming for Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg owners since Auburn, Indiana was the headquarters for the three auto manufacturers when they combined into one company in 1929. Click here to see more auction photos and a video of the million dollar sale.

Cars On Line.com has been covering the 2014 Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival for its readers this weekend. Yesterday was a whirlwind of activity that started off with a  concours d’elegance at Eckhart Park, followed by a great parade with hundreds of the Auburns, Cords and Duesenbergs.  We also covered the two big auctions held here: the Worldwide Auction at the ACD Museum’s NATMUS building, and the Auctions America Auction at Auburn Auction Park.

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival Concours

One of the endearing qualities of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Concours is seeing owners in period apparel. They really get into it. This was at the Concours in Eckhart Park in Auburn today. (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com.) Click photo to see more from the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival Concours.

 

On Friday we visited the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Swap Meet adjacent to the Museum. If anyone is looking for authentic Auburn, Cord, Duesenberg or other hard-to-find parts you may need to check out this swap meet. Here is a link to view some of the parts we found at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Swap Meet.

2014 Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival

 

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Each year it is a wonderful experience to spend time in Indiana, the birthplace of so many American car companies. When here you must visit the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum. I’ve been to a good number of auto museums over the years. This is the best I’ve ever seen.

The ACD Museum is in the very building that E.L. Cord built to house his Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg car company. It still has the original art deco style showroom, while the upper floors are where the spirits of Gordon Buerhig and Alan Leamy still walk through their design studios. All of this history unfolds for you as you walk through the same hallways that Cord and his staff did back in the day.

Just in back of the museam is the home of NATMUS, National Automotive Truck Museum, the organization that is dedicated to the preservation of trucks, tractors, toy replicas and peddle cars. Their successful restoration of the GM Futuliner is legendary. On Saturday, much of the floor space in the NATMUS building will be taken up with displays of cars that are being offered at the Worldwide Auctioneers auction sale to be held on Saturday evening.

Meanwhile, just down the freeway at the Auburn Auction Park, RM’s Auctions America was holding their three-day auction sale of collector cars. The Auctions America sale is highlighted below. On the grounds at the Auction Park there is a car corral and even a swap meet area. If you are a car guy, there is something for everybody here in Auburn, Indiana on Labor Day Weekend.

Follow the links below to review some of the action from last year’s show as we gear up to bring you more photos and videos of the 2014 Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival. Stay tuned to this page all weekend as we will be updating stories and both auctions here in Auburn, Indiana.

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Concours The Concours in Eckhart Park is something every true vintage motorcar lover must see. We caught photos of some of the great American marques here today. Click here to view what we saw.
Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival parade For Cars On Line.com the highlight of the Festival is the parade on Jackson Street in downtown Auburn, Indana. Click here to view photos of the parade.
2014 Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival City Square in downtown Auburn, Indiana is full of classic cars on Friday. Click here to see some of the fun through the lens of our photographer.
1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Dual Cowl Phaeton 1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Dual Cowl Phaeton sells for $1.15 million at the Auctions America Auction. Click here to see our coverage of the Auctions America Collector Car Auction during the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival.
2014 Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival A 1931 Cord L-29 Convertible Sedan was one of the featured cars of the Worldwide Auctioneers sale. It is a tradition here at the Auburn Fall Festival. Click here to see more of this special display of Vintage Motorcars for sale.
2014 Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival Arguably the best automotive museum in the world, the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum is actually housed in the former world headquarters of E.L. Cord’s automobile empire which included Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg motorcars. Click here for the short tour.

2013 A-C-D Museum Fall Festival

2013 Auburn Car Parade

A 1936 Auburn 852 Boattail Speedster leads a long line of Auburn classics down Jackson Street in Auburn, Indiana on Saturday as the annual Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival is underway. Every year hundreds of Auburns, Cords and Duesenbergs journey to their home in Auburn to participate in the event. It is incredible to experience such a display.

AUBURN, IN — August 31, 2013 — “It’s more than just a car … It’s a Time Machine,” read the legend on the road sign heading into Auburn, Indiana this morning. The cars … the Auburns, Cords and Duesenbergs … have come home this weekend. Hundreds of them. When you see them parade from the judging fields in the morning back through downtown Auburn you wonder how so many of them have survived. Click here to view the video.

auburn13-graphicWhen we arrived on Friday you saw classic Auburns, Cords and Duesenbergs literally parked in the parking Auburn Museum Fall Festival 2013lots of the local hotels. You couldn’t get a hotel room for miles around. They were all sold out for the show.

Each year it is a wonderful experience to spend time in Indiana, the birthplace of so many American car companies. We were able to visit the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum here today. It is an experience I highly recommend. I’ve been to a good number of auto museums over the years. This is the best I’ve ever seen.

The A-C-D Museum is in the very building that E.L. Cord built to house his Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg car company. It still has the orignal art deco style

architecture. You can see from the photos of the company showroom that the structure has been maintained beautifully. The offices of E.L. Cord are all intact and even the sales meeting room and board room are maintained as they were. The most interesting rooms upstairs are the design studios of Gordon Buerhig and Alan Leamy. All of this history unfolds for you as you walk through the same hallways that Cord and his staff did back in the day.

Just in back of the museam is the home of NATMUS, the organization that is dedicated to the preservation of trucks, tractors, toy replicas and peddle cars. Their successful restoration of the GM Futuliner is legendary. On Saturday, much of the floor space in the NATMUS building was being taken up with displays of cars that are being offered at the Worldwide Auctioneers auction sale to be held on Saturday evening.

Meanwhile, just down the freeway at the Auburn Auction Park, RM’s Auctions America was holding their three-day auction sale of collector cars. The Auctions America sale is highlighted below.

On the grounds at the Auction Park there is a car corral and even a swap meet area. If you are a car guy, there is something for everybody here in Auburn, Indiana on Labor Day Weekend.

View a video of the parade at the A-C-D Museum Festival, read the story and see more photos

View a video of the parade at the A-C-D Museum Festival, read the story and see more photos

 

A visit to the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum is almost a spiritual experience for car guys

A visit to the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum is almost a spiritual experience for car guys

 

Auctions America sells a 1959 Corvette Fuelie as auction action fills the Auburn Auction Park

Auctions America sells a 1959 Corvette Fuelie as auction action fills the Auburn Auction Park

 

A rare Pennant blue 1954 Corvette is being offered at the Worldwide Auctions sale.

A rare Pennant blue 1954 Corvette is being offered at the Worldwide Auctions sale.

Parade a Tradition in Downtown Auburn

Thousands of spectators were lined up and down Jackson Street here in Auburn, Indiana as Auburns, Cords and Duesenbergs returned home for the Auburn Fall Festival 2013. For a view of these cars in action, hear and see them as they paraded for spectators in front of the camera. Click the video window below:

One of the cars from the judging field is an Auburn convertible sedan.

One of the cars from the judging field is an Auburn convertible sedan.

 

More Auburns were featured in the parade than either Duesenbergs or Cords. Auburns have survived better than their cousins.

More Auburns were featured in the parade than either Duesenbergs or Cords. Auburns have survived better than their cousins.

 

View from the business end of this Auburn Boattail Speedster. It is one of the most distinct designs in automotive history.

View from the business end of this Auburn Boattail Speedster. It is one of the most distinct designs in automotive history.

 

The Cord 812 was a supercharged automobile. The technology of supercharging was not invented by Cord, but was well used by the marque.

The Cord 812 was a supercharged automobile. The technology of supercharging was not invented by Cord, but was well used by the marque.

 

A Duesenberg Roadster like the one Clark Gable has owned.

A Duesenberg Roadster like the one Clark Gable has owned.

 

An Auburn convertible sedan with suicide front door and sidemounts.

An Auburn convertible sedan with suicide front door and sidemounts.

 

Female baseball players from back in the day were treated to a ride in the A-C-D Museum parade.

Female baseball players from back in the day were treated to a ride in the A-C-D Museum parade.

 

There were a number of Auburn 851 Speedster reproductions in the parade. All of the reproduction speedsters were very authentic, but you could tell by the sound of the engines which ones had the modern drivetrains as opposed the the original Lycoming motors.

There were a number of Auburn 851 Speedster reproductions in the parade. All of the reproduction speedsters were very authentic, but you could tell by the sound of the engines which ones had the modern drivetrains as opposed the the original Lycoming motors.

The Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum

The interesting thing about the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum is its location. It occupies the very building that E.L. Cord built on the 23-acre parcel of land in Auburn, Indiana on which the plants and machine shops existed.

Cord had a Fort Wayne, Indiana architect design his corporate showroom in an art deco style which has been preserved perfectly as part of the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg museum.

Cord had a Fort Wayne, Indiana architect design his corporate showroom in an art deco style which has been preserved perfectly as part of the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg museum.

 

The most popular factory built Duesenberg is the J Murphy Roadster. Here is a 1931 edition with iconic two-tone paint.

The most popular factory built Duesenberg is the J Murphy Roadster. Here is a 1931 edition with iconic two-tone paint.

 

A featured display at the A-C-D Museum, the 1931 Duesenberg J Murphy Roadster has the extremely long body and yet a very low cut windshield.

A featured display at the A-C-D Museum, the 1931 Duesenberg J Murphy Roadster has the extremely long body and yet a very low cut windshield.

 

The 1932 Cord E-1 was a prototype that actually never was produced. It was originally equipped with a 16-cylinder engine, then ended up with a 12-cylinder motor. It was a test car to be the successor to the famous L29 Cord.

The 1932 Cord E-1 was a prototype that actually never was produced. It was originally equipped with a 16-cylinder engine, then ended up with a 12-cylinder motor. It was a test car to be the successor to the famous L29 Cord.

 

The front end of this 1932 Duesenberg J Murphy Roadster was captured in many Art Deco drawings of the day.

The front end of this 1932 Duesenberg J Murphy Roadster was captured in many Art Deco drawings of the day.

 

An unusual 1932 Duesenberg was built with a boattail style rear valance. A Duesenberg chassis was built at the factory. At that point wealthy buyers would have a coachworks company design a custom body for the finished car.

An unusual 1932 Duesenberg was built with a boattail style rear valance. A Duesenberg chassis was built at the factory. At that point wealthy buyers would have a coachworks company design a custom body for the finished car.

 

So often these special Auburn motorcars were built with coachworks-like custom features. This one has a 3-Position convertible top.

So often these special Auburn motorcars were built with coachworks-like custom features. This one has a 3-Position convertible top.

 

A 1937 Cord Supercharged Convertible is displayed in the showroom on the ground level of the Cord building which now serves as the A-C-D Museum.

A 1937 Cord Supercharged Convertible is displayed in the showroom on the ground level of the Cord building which now serves as the A-C-D Museum.

 

In the Dean Kruse Gallery is a 1904 Auburn which is the oldest Auburn known to exist. The first Auburns were introduced at the Chicago Auto Show in 1903. This 1904 model is one of only 50 produced by Auburn that year. Auburn was gaining a reputation for being a builder of quality motorcars. The chain drive car produced about 10 horsepower.

In the Dean Kruse Gallery is a 1904 Auburn which is the oldest Auburn known to exist. The first Auburns were introduced at the Chicago Auto Show in 1903. This 1904 model is one of only 50 produced by Auburn that year. Auburn was gaining a reputation for being a builder of quality motorcars. The chain drive car produced about 10 horsepower.

 

This 1911 Auburn Model N Touring car was the largest motorcar that Auburn had produced up to this time. The Model N Auburn weighed 2,700 pounds and has a 120-inch wheelbase. It was rated at 40 horsepower.

This 1911 Auburn Model N Touring car was the largest motorcar that Auburn had produced up to this time. The Model N Auburn weighed 2,700 pounds and has a 120-inch wheelbase. It was rated at 40 horsepower.

 

One of the greatest contributions to automotive history was Cord's innovative use of front wheel drive technology. In the engine room of the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum is this Cord L29 chassis showing how the Lycoming engine was matched up to a front wheel drive transmission. It uses universal joints that allow the front wheels to turn side to side and receive power from the engines. The L29 chassis was first used by Cord in 1930.

One of the greatest contributions to automotive history was Cord’s innovative use of front wheel drive technology. In the engine room of the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum is this Cord L29 chassis showing how the Lycoming engine was matched up to a front wheel drive transmission. It uses universal joints that allow the front wheels to turn side to side and receive power from the engines. The L29 chassis was first used by Cord in 1930.

 

A 1937 Cord 810 Supercharged engine was on display in the engine room of the museum. Once again the Cord motorcar was ahead of its time with this Supercharged Flathead V8 displacing 289 cubic inches. The front-wheel-drive transmission was a four-speed. This engine was innovative on so many levels. The camshaft operates roller rocker arms.

A 1937 Cord 810 Supercharged engine was on display in the engine room of the museum. Once again the Cord motorcar was ahead of its time with this Supercharged Flathead V8 displacing 289 cubic inches. The front-wheel-drive transmission was a four-speed. This engine was innovative on so many levels. The camshaft operates roller rocker arms.

 

When E.L. Cord took over the Auburn Car Company the first thing he did was take 100 freshly built Auburns that were all painted black and had them repainted in art deco looking two tone finishes with bright colors. That was what set Auburns apart and contributed to their early popularity under Cord's guidance. At the time, Cord was only in his thirties.

When E.L. Cord took over the Auburn Car Company the first thing he did was take 100 freshly built Auburns that were all painted black and had them repainted in art deco looking two tone finishes with bright colors. That was what set Auburns apart and contributed to their early popularity under Cord’s guidance. At the time, Cord was only in his thirties.