Boattails: Supercars of the Golden Age
Imagine the adventures in an automobile designed for the purpose of style and speed. Then picture driving down a highway, turning heads due to a groundbreaking automobile design conquered over 100 years ago. Experience the era that opened the door for streamlining and other sleek automobile designs right here at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum for you to enjoy along with our other galleries and exhibitions.
- Learn about the supercars of the golden age of motoring
- Experience the wonderment of the innovative design used to pull off such a revolutionary feat
- Draw your own Boattail in the Interactive Design Studio
- Located on the 3rd floor in the Gallery of Excellence and Innovation
Style and speed were perfectly matched together in the Boattail body style. It lasted until the mid-1930s as the Great Depression dragged on. Cars today lack that distinctive, pointed tail of the true Boattail style which will never be matched.
The Boattail rear end will be facing outward in the exhibit - it includes one of the earliest known Boattail bodies, and many other significant makes and models including, of course, Auburn, Cord, and Duesenberg.
This temporary exhibit will open November 10 and be available free with admission.
Alan H. Leamy: Creator of Classics
Imagine the adventures in a motorcar designed for the purpose of style and speed. Experience the designer that opened the door for streamlining and other sleek automobile designs right here at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum.
- Learn about the early life and career of the innovative and skilled stylist!
- Experience the wonderment of how the design for the inspirational Cord L-29 came to be.
- Draw your own design in the Interactive Design Studio on the 3rd floor.
Visit the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum to learn more about the pioneering designer. This exhibit is a great example of how each individual’s role played a large part in the success of the world renowned Auburn Automobile Company.
Alan H. Leamy was one of the most influential designers employed by the Auburn Automobile Company where he created some of the most innovative styles in automotive history. Leamy was born in 1902 in Arlington, Maryland. He began his professional career in Indianapolis at another Indiana automobile manufacturer, Marmon, in 1927. Eventually Leamy learned of E. L. Cord’s work with the front-wheel-drive automobile at the Auburn Automobile Company in 1928 and wrote a letter to Cord asking for a job.
The Cord L-29, along with the success of the 1931 Auburn, the bestselling car in the Company’s history, is another testament to his style and designs. His style for the 1933 Auburn Salon included more integrated body pieces, but also featured signature Leamy touches such as the flush radiator grill, headlamp and tail lamp lenses, sweeping fenders, and a unique radiator apron.
John Dillinger, Hoosier Hoodlum
On October 14, 1933, part of Dillinger’s gang, let by bandits Walter Dietrich and Harry Copeland, robbed the Auburn Police Department, stealing bullet-proof vests, ammunition, and amongst other weapons, a Thompson submachine gun.
The prized piece in the display is the very same Thompson submachine gun. Returned to the Auburn Police Department from the FBI in 2014, police officials decided the best place for public display is at the Museum. Auburn Chief of Police Martin McCoy says, “The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum is where this piece of history belongs and we are very happy it is now on display for others to see and enjoy”.
Displayed alongside the submachine gun are period artifacts including a drum barrel, police hat, and a Detroit Free Press newspaper chronicling the theft. The display touches upon the biography of Dillinger, the getaway cars Dillinger used, and the storied history of the submachine gun. Visitors can get their mug shot taken in front of a height chart backdrop while holding a mug shot placard.