The Auburn Automobile Company grew out of the Eckhart Carriage Company and was incorporated in 1903. Brothers Frank and Morris were interested in the new automobile trend.
First Public Automobile
The Auburn Automobile Company produced its first automobile for sale to the public. It was a single-cylinder, water-cooled, internal combustion gasoline engine producing about 6 horsepower. It sold for $1,450.00.
First Closed Automobile
The Auburn Automobile Company produced its first closed automobile, the Auburn Model 40.
First Indy 500 Racecar
The Duesenberg Brothers entered their first Indy 500 with a Mason racecar.
Frank and Morris Take Over Ownership
Charles Eckhart died. Frank and Morris took over ownership and administration of the Eckhart Carriage Company.
Aircraft Engines Built for the U.S. Government
The Duesenberg Automobile and Motors Company, operated by Fred and August Duesenberg in Elizabeth, New Jersey, built aircraft engines for the U.S. Government.
Auburn Automobile Company sold to Chicago Investors
The Auburn Automobile Company was sold to a group of Chicago investors, including William Wrigley, Jr. The new ownership group oversees the manufacture of a new model called the Beauty-Six, which was designed by the Eckhart family prior to selling the company.
First Passenger Car: Duesenberg Model A
Duesenberg Automobile and Motors Company moved to Indianapolis, Indiana and debuted its first passenger car, the Duesenberg Model A.
Driver Jimmy Murphy and Mechanic Ernie Olsen Win the French Grand Prix
Duesenberg driverJimmy Murphy and riding mechanic Ernie Olsen won the French Grand Prix at Le Mans.
E.L. Cord Hired as Vice President and General Manager
E. L. Cord was hired as Vice President and General Manager of the Auburn Automobile Company by the Chicago ownership group.
E.L. Cord Becomes President
E. L. Cord owned controlling stock interest of the Auburn Automobile Company and became President. He also purchased Duesenberg Automobile and Motors Company of Indianapolis and renamed it Duesenberg, Inc.
Harold Ames Named Executive Vice President and Fred Duesenberg Named Vice-President of Engineering
Cord named long-time business associate Harold Ames as Executive Vice-President and Fred Duesenberg as Vice-President in charge of engineering of Duesenberg, Inc.
Third Indy 500 Victory
The Duesenberg racing team won its third Indy 500 of the 1920s.
Transitional Duesenberg Model Created
A transitional model for the Duesenberg marque was created by Fred Duesenberg and Duesenberg, Inc. The Duesenberg Model X was introduced at the New York Auto Show.
E.L. Cord Purchases A New Production Facility
E. L. Cord purchased a production facility in Connersville, Indiana, in order to expand the manufacturing capability of the Auburn Automobile Company.
Duesenberg Model J and Auburn Speedster Created and Debuted
The Duesenberg Model J and Auburn Speedster were created and debuted. Gordon Buehrig became the stylist for Duesenberg, Inc. at twenty-five years old.
E.L. Cord Establishes the Cord Corporation
E. L. Cord founded the Cord Corporation, a holding company based in Chicago of which the Auburn Automobile Company and Duesenberg, Inc. became subsidiaries.
First Cord Automobile Produced - First Ever Successful Mass-Production Front-Wheel Drive Automobile in America
The first Cord automobile was produced by the Auburn Automobile Company. This automobile, the Cord L-29, was the first ever successful mass-production front-wheel drive automobile in America.
Auburn Automobile Company Administration Building Completed and Opened
The Auburn Automobile Company administration building, designed by Alvin M. Strauss, was completed and opened. The approximate cost to build was $450,000.
Best Sales Year Yet - 34,000 Automobiles Sold
The Auburn Automobile Company had its best sales year, selling 34,000 cars. By this time, the Auburn Automobile Company had over 100 international dealers and distributors in 93 different countries around the world.
12-Cylinder Automobiles Debute
The Auburn Automobile Company debuted a line of 12-Cylinder automobiles.
Fred Duesenberg Passes Away
Fred Duesenberg died from complications of pneumonia after an auto accident.
Harold Ames Named President
Harold Ames was named President of Duesenberg, Inc.
Mass-Production Moved to Connersville, Indiana
All mass-production of automobiles manufactured by the Auburn Automobile Company was moved to the Connersville, Indiana, production facility.
“All-Steel” Construction Introduced
Auburn introduced its all-new automobile line with “All-Steel” construction. Public reaction to the Auburn’s styling was lukewarm. Harold Ames was transferred from Duesenberg in Indianapolis and was named Executive Vice-President of the Auburn Automobile Company. He brought Gordon Buehrig with him to restyle the 1935 Auburn.
Alan Leamy Passes Away
Former Auburn Automobile Company designer Alan Leamy died from blood poisoning as a result of a medical injection.
Line of Supercharged Speedsters Introduced
Auburn introduced a line of supercharged speedsters styled by Gordon Buehrig, with the supercharger work done by August Duesenberg.
Buehrig-Designed Cord 810 Introduced
The Auburn Automobile Company introduced the Buehrig-designed Cord 810.
All Auburn and Duesenberg Production Ends
Optional Supercharger Offered on the Cord 812
The Auburn Automobile Company offered an optional supercharger on the Cord 812.
Auburn Automobile Company Files for Bankruptcy
E. L. Cord sold his interests in the transportation industry and the Auburn Automobile Company filed for bankruptcy.
Dallas Winslow Purchases the Building and Establishes the Auburn-Cord Duesenberg Company
The Auburn Automobile Company administration building was sold to Dallas Winslow, who founded the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Company, selling new old stock parts to owners of Auburn, Cord, and Duesenberg automobiles, in addition to repairing them.
Winslow Sells Rights to Glenn Pray of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Dallas Winslow sold the rights to Auburn, Cord, and Duesenberg to Glenn Pray of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, who continued to sell and repair Auburn, Cord, and Duesenberg automobiles in Broken Arrow.
Auburn Automobile Company Admin Building Sold to Marshall Clothing Company
The Dallas Winslow estate sold the Auburn Automobile Company administration building to the Marshall Clothing Company.
Auburn Automobile Company Put Up for Auction but Doesn’t Sell
The Auburn Automobile Company administration building was put up for auction by Sam Jacobs, but did not sell.
North Showroom of the Auburn Automobile Company Administration Building Leased as a Motorcycle Sales and Repair Shop
The north showroom of the Auburn Automobile Company administration building was leased as a motorcycle sales and repair shop. The south showroom was used by Essex Corporation to store cardboard boxes.
Fire Occurs at the Auburn Automobile Company and Auburn Automotive Heritage Inc. is Created
A fire occurred at the Auburn Automobile Company administration building. Auburn Automotive Heritage Inc. was created.
Auburn Automobile Company Admin Building Purchased by Auburn, Cord Duesenberg Enthusiasts
The Auburn Automobile Company administration building was purchased by a group of citizens and Auburn, Cord, Duesenberg enthusiasts through Auburn Automotive Heritage Inc. from Sam Jacobs.