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Fall Auburn Auction 2017 by Auctions America

1933 Duesenberg is the star of the Fall Auburn Auction 2017

A 1933 Duesenberg SJ Phaeton, known as the Mexico City Duesenberg was the car with Star Power here at the Fall Auburn Auction 2017 in Auburn, Indiana. This is Auctions America’s flagship event.

 

Fall Auburn Auction 2017 “Prime Time Saturday”

The “Prime Time Saturday” sale here at the Fall Auburn Auction 2017 was a full seven hours of intense action. It was so mesmerizing that it seemed it was over in just a New York minute. The star of the show was a 1933 Duesenberg SJ  Swept Panel Phaeton with body by LaGrande.  Late in the afternoon when this beautiful motorcar came across the auction block the first bid was $1 million. We’ve never seen that happen before. The final bid was $2.1 million, and the sale is still in question here this morning. No announcement has been made yet, but it was thought that the seller was still considering the bid. Negotiations continued after the Duesenberg left the auction block. Days after the sale, Auctions America has reported that the Duesenberg SJ sold for $2.3 million. 

Another Duesenberg, the 1929 Duesenberg Model J by Fleetwood, the only Duesenberg ever bodied by Fleetwood, sold earlier for $900,000 ($990,000 including the sales commission.)

See the Duesenbergs and many other high profile classics and muscle cars offered on Saturday. (Click on each photo below to find history and appraisal reports.)

Our Cars On Line team is onsite in Auburn to provide live on-the-spot coverage exclusively for our readers. So sit back and enjoy the show. Saturday’s sale saw some of the finest vintage classics and exotic cars in the country passing under the bright lights of the Auctions America stage at the Auctions America Auction Park in Auburn, Indiana. It is the high profile event of the Auburn-Cord-Dusenberg Festival on Labor Day Weekend, August 31-September 3, 2017.

Fall Auburn Auction 2017Our Cars On Line Car Show team is in Auburn to cover the show. In case you can’t make it to this year’s show, Auctions America will provide live streaming of the Fall Auburn Auction 2017.  There are two auction stages so you have a choice of watching each one individually. Click this link to get started.

The show starts at 10 AM EST each day with a memorabilia auction. Collector vehicles usually begin coming through at about 11 AM, EST. You can also bid online. Just follow this link to register with Auctions America to become a bidder at the Fall Auburn Auction 2017.

The Fall Auburn Auction 2017 will run through Sunday, September 3, 2017. As part of the ever growing activities of the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Festival, this prime sale of collector cars is getting bigger every year. Auctions America puts on the Auburn Auction every Labor Day weekend. It harkens back to the days when Auburn, Indiana rivaled Detroit as one of the hotspots of the American automotive industry.  For a full list of cars and trucks to be auctioned off at the Fall Auburn Auction 2017,  follow this link to the Auctions America website.

Here are a few of the great sales from a special collection here on Friday. The actual sales prices blew away the appraisal estimates. (Click each photo to read the history of each car and see the original value estimates.)

Auburn was the headquarters of the Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg motorcar companies.  So it is only fitting that this collector car auction is located on the outskirts of this legendary city. The Auctions America Auction Park includes a massive auction arena, auction displays, car show field, swap meet and car corral.

 

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

 

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.

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.

Auctions America at the Auburn Auction Park

Although the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum initiated the Auburn Fall Festival event long ago, the biggest beneficiary of the event is RM’s Auctions America, the auction company that puts on the big sale at the Auburn Auction Park. Included with the auction sale is a car corral and a swap meet.

As we arrived today RM's Auctions America had already SOLD a rare 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible (left) and a 1941 Buick Roadmaster Convertible.

As we arrived today RM’s Auctions America had already SOLD a rare 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible (left) and a 1941 Buick Roadmaster Convertible.

 

 The first car we saw sold today was a 1937 Cord 812 Supercharged. It seems fitting that Auctions America sold so many Cord and Duesenberg cars today.


The first car we saw sold today was a 1937 Cord 812 Supercharged. It seems fitting that Auctions America sold so many Cord and Duesenberg cars today.

 

The big sale of the day was a 1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Phaeton which went for $760,000.

The big sale of the day was a 1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Phaeton which went for $760,000.

 

A beautiful 1947 Chevrolet Woody Convertible was sold out of an exclusive collection.

A beautiful 1947 Chevrolet Woody Convertible was sold out of an exclusive collection.

 

When a 1957 Ford Fairlane Skyliner Retractable came up on the stage they lowered the top into its secret compartment in the trunk.

When a 1957 Ford Fairlane Skyliner Retractable came up on the stage they lowered the top into its secret compartment in the trunk.

 

A Fawn Beige 1962 Corvette Fuelie Convertible was sold.

A Fawn Beige 1962 Corvette Fuelie Convertible was sold.

 

Bidding on the 1931 Studebaker President All-Seasons went way over $100,000.

Bidding on the 1931 Studebaker President All-Seasons went way over $100,000.

 

A desirable big block 427/425 Corvette Coupe went over the block.

A desirable big block 427/425 Corvette Coupe went over the block.

Worldwide Auctions at the NATIMUS Museum

Worldwide Auctions held their Auburn Auction sale in the building behind the A-C-D Museum where NATIMUS has their considerable collection of trucks and toy cars. Among the top cars in the sale were the AB Jenkins salt flat racer and several Auburns and Cords. There were some collectible treasures to be found here.

Marvin Jenkins built this 1934 Pierce-Arrow salt flat racer to replicate the original AB Jenkins race car that set a record on the Bonneville Salt Flats.

Marvin Jenkins built this 1934 Pierce-Arrow salt flat racer to replicate the original AB Jenkins race car that set a record on the Bonneville Salt Flats.

 

A 1930 LaSalle All-Weather Phaeton was one of the featured cars at the Worldwide Auction on Saturday evening. It is a CCCA full restoration. The brochure says "Perfect Open Air Touring Car."

A 1930 LaSalle All-Weather Phaeton was one of the featured cars at the Worldwide Auction on Saturday evening. It is a CCCA full restoration. The brochure says “Perfect Open Air Touring Car.”

 

This is quite a coup. Worldwide will be selling a 1937 Cord Convertible at their Saturday night sale.

This is quite a coup. Worldwide will be selling a 1937 Cord Convertible at their Saturday night sale.

 

Buick built the anniversary edition 1953 Buick Skylark Convertible to show that they could. In its day it was the luxury car fantasy dream. Buick actually lost money on every Skylark they sold that year but they build their luxury car reputation on it. This treasure will be sold in the Saturday auction at Worldwide.

Buick built the anniversary edition 1953 Buick Skylark Convertible to show that they could. In its day it was the luxury car fantasy dream. Buick actually lost money on every Skylark they sold that year but they build their luxury car reputation on it. This treasure will be sold in the Saturday auction at Worldwide.

 

Wow! Look what we found in the Worldwide Auction lineup for Saturday evening. It is a 1930 Cord L29 Phaeton ... a wonder to behold.

Wow! Look what we found in the Worldwide Auction lineup for Saturday evening. It is a 1930 Cord L29 Phaeton … a wonder to behold.

 

Auburn "bet the barn" on sweeping the market by putting their 12 cylinder engine in their cars to outdo Ford's V8s. Here is a 1933 Auburn Twelve Custom Phaeton Sedan that was offered in the Worldwide Auction. The 12 cylinder models never sold as well as Auburn thought they would. But the remaining Auburn Twelves are collector treasures.

Auburn “bet the barn” on sweeping the market by putting their 12 cylinder engine in their cars to outdo Ford’s V8s. Here is a 1933 Auburn Twelve Custom Phaeton Sedan that was offered in the Worldwide Auction. The 12 cylinder models never sold as well as Auburn thought they would. But the remaining Auburn Twelves are collector treasures.

 

A 1931 Lincoln Model K 7-Passenger Sport Touring was also in the Worldwide sale. This touring car is truly rare. It is one of only 45 ever built and one of two known to exist today. It was formerly from the Homer Fitterling Collection.

A 1931 Lincoln Model K 7-Passenger Sport Touring was also in the Worldwide sale. This touring car is truly rare. It is one of only 45 ever built and one of two known to exist today. It was formerly from the Homer Fitterling Collection.

 

A 1926 Pacard Six Sport Roadster was also part of the sale. Notice the beautiful period wheels.

A 1926 Pacard Six Sport Roadster was also part of the sale. Notice the beautiful period wheels.