Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum


CARS THAT WERE PROBABLY PARKED
OUTSIDE OF THE STREETS OF FORT OUTSIDE OF THE STREETS OF FORT
WAYNE. WAYNE.
>>OVER 100 MILLION YEARS ARE >>OVER 100 MILLION YEARS ARE
SPINNING OVER THE ROADS IN THE SPINNING OVER THE ROADS IN THE
TRANSMISSIONS OF OUR TRANSMISSIONS OF OUR
AUTOMOBILES. AUTOMOBILES.
THE ENGINE ON THIS MODEL IS THE ENGINE ON THIS MODEL IS
RUNNING AT A CONSTANT SPEED OF RUNNING AT A CONSTANT SPEED OF
90 REVOLUTIONS A MINUTE. 90 REVOLUTIONS A MINUTE.
>>THE HISTORY OF THE AUBURN >>THE HISTORY OF THE AUBURN
AUTOMOBILE COMPANY STARTED WITH AUTOMOBILE COMPANY STARTED WITH
THE ECKERT FAMILY WHO FOUNDED THE ECKERT FAMILY WHO FOUNDED
THE CARRIAGE BUILDING BUSINESS THE CARRIAGE BUILDING BUSINESS
HERE IN THE TOWN OF AUBURN IN HERE IN THE TOWN OF AUBURN IN
1874. 1874.
THE CARRIAGE COMPANY WAS THE CARRIAGE COMPANY WAS
SOMEWHAT SUCCESSFUL AND AROUND SOMEWHAT SUCCESSFUL AND AROUND
ABOUT THE TURN OF THE 20t ABOUT THE TURN OF THE 20t
20th CENTURY, THEY BECAME 20th CENTURY, THEY BECAME
AWARE OF A NEW INVENTION, THE AWARE OF A NEW INVENTION, THE
HORSELESS CARRIAGE THAT MIGHT HORSELESS CARRIAGE THAT MIGHT
HAVE A GREAT IMPACT ON THEIR HAVE A GREAT IMPACT ON THEIR
BUSINESS. BUSINESS.
SO THEY TOOK A LOOK AT THE SO THEY TOOK A LOOK AT THE
MANUFACTURER OF THE AUBURN MANUFACTURER OF THE AUBURN
AUTOMOBILE, WHICH THEY CAME UP AUTOMOBILE, WHICH THEY CAME UP
WITH IN 1903. WITH IN 1903.
THEY ACHIEVED A FAIR AMOUNT OF THEY ACHIEVED A FAIR AMOUNT OF
SUCCESS WITH THE CAR, ENOUGH TO SUCCESS WITH THE CAR, ENOUGH TO
ENCOURAGE THE COMPANY TO BUILD A ENCOURAGE THE COMPANY TO BUILD A
PLANT DEDICATED SOLELY TO THE PLANT DEDICATED SOLELY TO THE
PRODUCTION OF THE AUTOMOBILE. PRODUCTION OF THE AUTOMOBILE.
THE COMPANY HAD A TREMENDOUS THE COMPANY HAD A TREMENDOUS
IMPACT ON NORTHEAST INDIANA. IMPACT ON NORTHEAST INDIANA.
AT ONE TIME, THE COMPANY AT ONE TIME, THE COMPANY
EMPLOYED OVER 1,000 PEOPLE IN EMPLOYED OVER 1,000 PEOPLE IN
THIS AREA. THIS AREA.
SMALLER COMPANIES SPROUTED UP SMALLER COMPANIES SPROUTED UP
AROUND THE BIGGER COMPANY TO AROUND THE BIGGER COMPANY TO
SUPPLY PARTS AND SERVICES BEFORE SUPPLY PARTS AND SERVICES BEFORE
WORLD WAR I, THERE WERE 10 OTHER WORLD WAR I, THERE WERE 10 OTHER
AUTOMOBILE COMPANIES IN THIS AUTOMOBILE COMPANIES IN THIS
TOWN THAT PRODUCED CARS AS WELL. TOWN THAT PRODUCED CARS AS WELL.
SO THIS AREA WAS BECOMING KNOWN SO THIS AREA WAS BECOMING KNOWN
AS LITTLE DETROIT FOR A WHILE. AS LITTLE DETROIT FOR A WHILE.
JUST BECAUSE OF ITS AUTOMOBILE JUST BECAUSE OF ITS AUTOMOBILE
MANUFACTURING CENTERS. MANUFACTURING CENTERS.
>>WITH THE PASSING OF >>WITH THE PASSING OF
MR. ECKERT IN 1915, AND THE MR. ECKERT IN 1915, AND THE
COUNTRY ON THE VERGE OF AN COUNTRY ON THE VERGE OF AN
ECONOMIC RECESSION FOLLOWING ECONOMIC RECESSION FOLLOWING
WORLD WAR I, CARS SIMPLY STOPPED WORLD WAR I, CARS SIMPLY STOPPED
SELLING. SELLING.
DESPERATE TO KEEP THE COMPANY DESPERATE TO KEEP THE COMPANY
ALIVE, INVESTORS TURNED TO ALIVE, INVESTORS TURNED TO
RENOWNED CAR ENTHUSIAST, C.L. RENOWNED CAR ENTHUSIAST, C.L.
CORD. CORD.
CORD PLEAD A UNIQUE OFFER. CORD PLEAD A UNIQUE OFFER.
HE WOULD WORK FOR THE COMPANY HE WOULD WORK FOR THE COMPANY
WITH NO PAY, AS LONG AS HE HAD WITH NO PAY, AS LONG AS HE HAD
THE ABILITY TO BUY STOCKS AND THE ABILITY TO BUY STOCKS AND
COULD TAKE A PERCENT OF THE COULD TAKE A PERCENT OF THE
PROFITS. PROFITS.
IN THE SUMMER OF 1924, CORD IN THE SUMMER OF 1924, CORD
STARTED AT AUBURN. STARTED AT AUBURN.
BY NOVEMBER OF 1925, HE OWNED BY NOVEMBER OF 1925, HE OWNED
IT. IT.
>>ONCE C.L. CORD TOOK OVER, THE>>ONCE C.L. CORD TOOK OVER, THE
SALES OF AUBURN AUTOMOBILES JUST SALES OF AUBURN AUTOMOBILES JUST
GREW EXPONENTIALLY. GREW EXPONENTIALLY.
AND HE WAS QUITE SUCCESSFUL. AND HE WAS QUITE SUCCESSFUL.
SUCCESSFUL ENOUGH HE INTRODUCED SUCCESSFUL ENOUGH HE INTRODUCED
ANOTHER LINE OF CARS, THE CORD ANOTHER LINE OF CARS, THE CORD
AUTOMOBILE, THE FIRST SUCCESSFUL AUTOMOBILE, THE FIRST SUCCESSFUL
FRONT-WHEEL DRIVE CAR. FRONT-WHEEL DRIVE CAR.
AND HE ALSO PURCHASED THE AND HE ALSO PURCHASED THE
FLOUNDERING DUESENBERG COMPANY FLOUNDERING DUESENBERG COMPANY
FROM INDIANAPOLIS AND CHARGED FROM INDIANAPOLIS AND CHARGED
THEM WITH THE CHALLENGE OF THEM WITH THE CHALLENGE OF
BUILDING AMERICA’S MOST GRAND BUILDING AMERICA’S MOST GRAND
AND MOST LUXURIOUS AUTOMOBILE, AND MOST LUXURIOUS AUTOMOBILE,
THE FABULOUS MODEL J DUESENBERG. THE FABULOUS MODEL J DUESENBERG.
>>THROW RELATIVELY SMALL, THE >>THROW RELATIVELY SMALL, THE
IMPACT ON THE AUTOMOBILE IMPACT ON THE AUTOMOBILE
INDUSTRY WAS ASTOUNDING. INDUSTRY WAS ASTOUNDING.
THEY HAD X MEMBER FRAMES, THEY HAD X MEMBER FRAMES,
RESTRICTABLE HEADLIGHTS, RESTRICTABLE HEADLIGHTS,
FOUR-WHEEL HYDRAULIC BRAKES AND FOUR-WHEEL HYDRAULIC BRAKES AND
THE SUPERCHARGED ENGINE. THE SUPERCHARGED ENGINE.
NOT ONLY DID THEY CHANGE THE WAY NOT ONLY DID THEY CHANGE THE WAY
CARS WERE BUILT IN THE U.S., BUT CARS WERE BUILT IN THE U.S., BUT
THEY CHANGED THE CAR INDUSTRY THEY CHANGED THE CAR INDUSTRY
ACROSS THE WORLD, EXPORTING TO ACROSS THE WORLD, EXPORTING TO
99 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES IN THE 99 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES IN THE
HEIGHT. HEIGHT.
>>THE AUBURN AUTOMOBILE COMPANY>>THE AUBURN AUTOMOBILE COMPANY
REACHED ITS ZENITH IN 1931, WHEN REACHED ITS ZENITH IN 1931, WHEN
ENTHUSIASM PRODUCED OVER 33,000 ENTHUSIASM PRODUCED OVER 33,000
AUTOMOBILES. AUTOMOBILES.
THIS WAS ENOUGH TO PUT AUBURN AT THIS WAS ENOUGH TO PUT AUBURN AT
NUMBER 13 AMONG ALL UNITED NUMBER 13 AMONG ALL UNITED
STATES MANUFACTURERS, WHICH WAS STATES MANUFACTURERS, WHICH WAS
QUITE SIGNIFICANT IN THOSE DAYS QUITE SIGNIFICANT IN THOSE DAYS
WHEN YOU CONSIDER THERE WERE WHEN YOU CONSIDER THERE WERE
ABOUT 50 MANUFACTURERS. ABOUT 50 MANUFACTURERS.
C.L. ORACLE WAS ONCE QUOTED AS C.L. ORACLE WAS ONCE QUOTED AS
SAYING A CONQUERED CHALLENGE WAS SAYING A CONQUERED CHALLENGE WAS
NO LONGER FUN. NO LONGER FUN.
HE FELT AS IF HE HAD COME TO THE HE FELT AS IF HE HAD COME TO THE
TOWN OF AUBURN AND TAKEN AN TOWN OF AUBURN AND TAKEN AN
AILING COMPANY, TURNED IT AROUND AILING COMPANY, TURNED IT AROUND
AND MADE IT EXTREMELY AND MADE IT EXTREMELY
SUCCESSFUL, AND NOW IT WAS TIME SUCCESSFUL, AND NOW IT WAS TIME
FOR HIM TO MOVE ON TO OTHER FOR HIM TO MOVE ON TO OTHER
CHALLENGES. CHALLENGES.
WHEN HE LEFT THE TOWN OF AUBURN, WHEN HE LEFT THE TOWN OF AUBURN,
THE COMPANY WAS NEVER THE SAME. THE COMPANY WAS NEVER THE SAME.
>>THAT YEAR WOULD BE THE LAST >>THAT YEAR WOULD BE THE LAST
THE COMPANY TOOK A PROFIT. THE COMPANY TOOK A PROFIT.
BY 1937, FACED WITH THE LOOMING BY 1937, FACED WITH THE LOOMING
GREAT DEPRESSION, IT WAS CLOSED. GREAT DEPRESSION, IT WAS CLOSED.
THE DOORS CLOSED WHERE THEY THE DOORS CLOSED WHERE THEY
REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL 1974. REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL 1974.
>>THE AUBURN CORD DUESENBERG >>THE AUBURN CORD DUESENBERG
AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM IS THE ONLY AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM IS THE ONLY
AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM THAT IS AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM THAT IS
LOCATED IN THE ORIGINAL FACTORY LOCATED IN THE ORIGINAL FACTORY
HEADQUARTERS BUILDING. HEADQUARTERS BUILDING.
SOMETIMES WE HEAR PEOPLE SAY, SOMETIMES WE HEAR PEOPLE SAY,
EVEN IF THIS PLACE DIDN’T HAVE EVEN IF THIS PLACE DIDN’T HAVE
CARS IN IT, IT WOULD BE CARS IN IT, IT WOULD BE
INTERESTING TO COME HERE, JUST INTERESTING TO COME HERE, JUST
BECAUSE OF ITS STRUCTURE. BECAUSE OF ITS STRUCTURE.
WE HAVE APPROXIMATELY 120 CARS WE HAVE APPROXIMATELY 120 CARS
ON EXHIBIT. ON EXHIBIT.
SOME OF THE CARS ARE ONE OF A SOME OF THE CARS ARE ONE OF A
KIND. KIND.
THEY MAY BE PROTOTYPED OR IN THEY MAY BE PROTOTYPED OR IN
SOME CASES RECREATION OF FAMOUS SOME CASES RECREATION OF FAMOUS
SHOW CARS. SHOW CARS.
MANY OF OUR CARS HAVE CELEBRITY MANY OF OUR CARS HAVE CELEBRITY
OWNERS. OWNERS.
EVERY ONE OF THEM HAS A STORY EVERY ONE OF THEM HAS A STORY
BEHIND THEM. BEHIND THEM.
THE ’20s AND ’30s ARE KNOWN THE ’20s AND ’30s ARE KNOWN
AS THE GOLDEN AGE OF THE CLASSIC AS THE GOLDEN AGE OF THE CLASSIC
AUTOMOBILES. AUTOMOBILES.
MANY OF THESE CARS ARE HAND MANY OF THESE CARS ARE HAND
BUILT, ONE OF A KIND, UNLIKE BUILT, ONE OF A KIND, UNLIKE
TODAY’S AUTOMOBILES THAT ARE TODAY’S AUTOMOBILES THAT ARE
PRETTY MUCH ALL THE SAME, LOOK PRETTY MUCH ALL THE SAME, LOOK
THE SAME. THE SAME.
THESE ARE THE ONES THAT HAVE THE THESE ARE THE ONES THAT HAVE THE
ARTISTIC GLAMOR. ARTISTIC GLAMOR.
THERE JUST WASN’T ANYTHING LIKE THERE JUST WASN’T ANYTHING LIKE
IT THEN, AND THERE’S VERY LITTLE IT THEN, AND THERE’S VERY LITTLE
LIKE IT TODAY. LIKE IT TODAY.
WE LIKE TO THINK OF THIS PLACE WE LIKE TO THINK OF THIS PLACE
AS A TIME MACHINE. AS A TIME MACHINE.
IT JUST TAKES YOU BACK TO A IT JUST TAKES YOU BACK TO A
DIFFERENT ERA, THE BUILDING DIFFERENT ERA, THE BUILDING
ITSELF, THE CONTENT, AND WHAT ITSELF, THE CONTENT, AND WHAT
YOU SEE REMINDS US ALL OF WHAT YOU SEE REMINDS US ALL OF WHAT
MADE THIS COUNTRY GREAT AND WHAT MADE THIS COUNTRY GREAT AND WHAT
WAS ACCOMPLISHED ALL THOSE 75, WAS ACCOMPLISHED ALL THOSE 75,
80 YEARS AGO OR MORE IN THE WAY 80 YEARS AGO OR MORE IN THE WAY
OF INDUSTRY.