Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum

1600 South Wayne Street, Auburn, IN 46706 - United States

260-925-1444

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The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum features over 120 classic, antique, vintage, and special interest cars on display with other automotive related exhibits on three floors. The museum is in the original 1930s national headquarters of the legendary Auburn Automobile Company and is a National Historic Landmark. The museum is open from 9:00am – 5:00pm daily. The museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Visit the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, a place where automotive history comes to life!

Exhibits

There are seven main galleries displaying the museum’s automobile collection. Each gallery reflects a different piece of the story the museum tells. In addition to these galleries, there are restored Auburn Automobile Company offices along with technology, art, and design exhibits.

Special Exhibits:

Duesenberg: The evolution of America's finest motorcar.

This exhibit includes a uniquely curated selection of eight Duesenberg vehicles and two engines that have never been seen together before. The exhibit comprehensively tells the story of the Duesenberg passenger vehicle and its evolution in all forms including the Model A, experimental Model X’s and Y, finally leading to the debut of the coveted Model J.

The Duesenberg automobiles are amongst the most prestigious, technologically advanced, and stylish of the Classic Era. The Duesenberg Model A, introduced in 1920, was America’s first production straight-eight-cylinder engine car and the first American vehicle produced with four-wheel hydraulic brakes. In 1926, Errett Lobban Cord acquired controlling interest in the Duesenberg Automobile and Motors Company and issued a single challenge, to build the most powerful and extravagant passenger car to date. The result of that challenge was the Duesenberg Model J, a grandiose automobile unlike any other, which utilized some of the most talented and brilliant minds of the era.

However, there was a transitional period where all aspects of the Duesenberg were reviewed, revised, upgraded, and made completely new. Those Duesenbergs, now known as the Model X and the Model Y, were the transitional models where everything from the engine to the frame were engineered and modified.

The eight vehicles on display include the first ever Duesenberg sold to the public and known as the “Castle Duesenberg,” Augie Duesenberg’s 1926 Model A, 1926 Model A operable show chassis, 1927 Model Y, 1927 Model X Sedan, Dual-Cowl Phaeton, Speedster, and 1929 Model J Convertible Coupe. A Duesenberg Model A engine and Model J engine are also on display to showcase the engineering prowess of the Duesenberg brothers.

The museum appreciates its supporters and vehicle loaners including Bob Becker, Buck Kamphausen, Eric Killorin, Perry Pintzow, Josh Voss, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, and the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago.

Out of Quarantine

These vehicles cover a wide range of eras, makes, body styles, and more. See the elegant makes of the 1930s such as the Packard alongside the 1950s muscle cars like the 1956 Ford Thunderbird. Compare vehicles with groundbreaking designs like the Cord 810 and 812 with the 1933 Checker cab, which was a mainstay of the streets of Chicago. “We wanted to offer visitors something new and unique to see as they begin to get out of the house and enjoy the many local businesses that have been closed for the past several months.” said Marketing and Communications Manager, Walter Fisher.

Visitors will also notice that the museum store, the Duesy Shop, has been reorganized and completely stocked with new merchandise. “We are excited to welcome everyone back to the museum again. While it has been difficult to have our doors closed, it has given us the opportunity to reorganize, clean, and update the Duesy Shop.” Said Duesy Shop Manager, Teressa Sutton. An all new virtual store, viewable at www.acdamstore.com, has also been launched during the closure. Sutton continued, “Creating the new website has been fun and challenging at the same time. Both the store front and website will continually be updated with new items for car lovers from all walks of life.” The Duesy Shop is open seven days a week during museum business hours.

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