Gallery of Special Interest Automobiles
These domestic and foreign vehicles represent milestones of automotive advancement. Each automobile is significant in at lease one of four areas: luxury, design, performance or ties to the Auburn Automobile Company. This portion of the building was once used by teh Auburn Automobile Company's engineering department and includes two "dead level" floors used for accurate alignment of the chassis and the measurement of various automobile components. With frequent rotation of display cars, there is always something new to see!
A few of the featured automobiles in this gallery include:
• 1937 Lincoln-Zephyr - The Zephyr was to fill-in the price gap between the working man's Ford and the aristocratic Lincoln K series car. With a small-displacement V-12, the Zephyr was a unique attempt to bring a prestigious car to the middle-class.
• 1954 Chevrolet Corvette - First successful fiberglass production car, introducted in 1953, the Corvette was designed to provide Americans with a domestic sports car comparable to famous European makes such as the Jaguar and the Mercedes-Benz.
• 1956 Ford Thunderbird - Designed by Franklin Hershey, the same artist who penned the elegant lines of the 1932 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe on display in the Company Showroom. With its Meadowmist Green and removeable hardtop, it is a particularly rare combination. You can also see the iconic car with its modern interpretations, a 2002 Ford Thunderbird.
• 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe - From its flip-up doors to its prominent fender louvers, the "Gullwing" is a legend surrounded by many a myth. This example has only 32,000 miles, which explains its original appearance.