Gallery of Classics
This gallery is dedicated to all Full Classics™, includingthose built by the Auburn Automobile Company and Duesenberg, Inc., as well as their contemporaries and competitiors from 1928 to 1948. The term Full Classics is specific to a group of automobiles representing the highest quality of construction, design, and performance. Both domestic and foreign makes are listed under this prestigious designation created by the Classic Car Club of America. This gallery is part of the year 2000 expansion of the Museum.
A few automobiles featured in this gallery include:
• 1935 Auburn 851 Speedster - This is an example of the third and last generation of the Auburn Speedster, designed by Gordon Buehrig. Its supercharger gave the Speedster that extra performance edge and image. Sleek and powerful, it was desired by many, and owned by few. This timeless classic with its perfect lines is still be reproduced in replica form today.
• 1938 Packard Twelve Convertible - This is one of several cars on display that features a V-12 engine. With its Victoria body style and 473.3 cubic-inch powerplant, this Packard provided an extra bit of prestige and exclusitivity to its owner. By 1938, it was unfashionable to flaunt such wearth, which may explain why only 25 examples of this model were ever produced.
• 1930 Ruxton Roadster - A contemporary of the Cord L-29, it also featured front-wheel drive. Only about 500 examples of this car were produced, with just a handful surviving today.
• 1931 Cord L-29 Speedster - This is a recreation of the one-of-a-kind Cord Speedster, which was featured at the Paris Salon Auto Show in 1931. Reportedly, the original was purchased by Paul Bern for his then wife, actress Jean Harlow. Not long after the public display of the original car, it disappeared, and its fate is unknown.