Auburn Automobile Company Showroom Gallery
What better place to display the Auburns, Cords, and Duesenbergs of the Classic Era (1925-1937) than in the magnnificent art-deco Company Showroom? Walk across the terrazzo floor, lit by art deco chandeliers and sconces which highligh the elegance, beauty, and depth of this impressive space, as it did in 1930. Browse among the classic cars, rich in history, technological innovation, luxury, and beauty defining Auburn Automobile Company with power and excitement.
During the Auburn Automobile Company's heyday, this showroom was filled with the latest Auburns, Cords, and Duesenbergs, along with many other products sold by the Cord Corporate, Auburn Automobile Company's parent organization.
As you browse through the original art deco showroom, you will be taken back to the golden age of motoring in the 1930s. Dealers from the United States, its territories, and 99 foreign countries would visit this showroom to select products to sell in their local regions.
A few automobiles featured in this gallery include:
• 1930 Auburn 8-125 Sports Sedan - This rare Auburn belonged to automotive writer and scholar, Beverly Rae Kimes and her husband, Jim Cox. The Auburn was given the pet name of "Ralph" by Kimes and is believed to be the only example known to exist.
• 1932 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe - Its previous owners include renaissance man Cluff Durant, oil tycoon John Paul Getty, and author John O'Hara. It sports a Murphy built Torpedo-style body with a polished aluminum deck. Don Carr donated this special vehicle after 30 years of daily use. This is the first Duesenberg owned by the Museum.
• 1932 Cord Prototype "E-1" - The Auburn Automobile Company created this single prototype as a possible replacement for its then current front-wheel drive Cord L-29 model. With its 157 inch wheelbase and 200 horsepower V-12 engine, it is a sight to behold. After a long and extensive restoration, Cord historian Paul Bryant and his wife, as well as his son Tony Carter, donated this one-of-a-kind vehicle to the Museum.