August 29, 2014
eClassicAutos was in Auburn, IN this weekend for the 58th Annual Auburn Cord Duesenberg (ACD) Festival. This festival celebrates the history of the automobile, and is the venue for the annual ACD Club Reunion. Auburn is the perfect location for this event, since it is the home of the former headquarters of the Auburn Automobile Company, which produced Auburns, Cords, and Duesenbergs. The headquarters, which has been converted to the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, contains the largest and most impressive display of ACDs we’ve seen. We always stop by the former showroom-turned museum to take another look at these beautiful, American Classics, and to see the former offices of design gurus, such as Gordon Buehrig, who created the popular 1935 Auburn Speedster.
We also attended the ACD Concours and the Parade of Classics, both on Saturday. The Concours, where ACDs can be entered for certification and judging, was held in a beautiful setting -- Eckhart Park -- where they remained on display until the commencement of the parade. The Parade of Classics, where approximately 200 ACDs parade downtown Auburn, took place early afternoon. Hundreds of spectators lined the streets to watch Auburns, Cords, and Duesenbergs drive through the steets of Auburn. Providing another opportunity to get a look at these awesome classics, they remained parked around the Courthouse until 4 pm. Here's a video of some of the parade action.
Of course, we couldn’t miss Auctions America’s auction, which in its 44th year, is a Labor Day weekend tradition. Appropriately, they had some spectacular ACDs for sale this year. Representing the Auburn, there was a genuine 1935 Auburn 851 Supercharged Speedster that has been owned for over 30 years by one family; a rare supercharged 1937 Cord 812 was a stunning Cord offering, and an authentic 1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Dual-Cowl Phaeton by LaGrande, one of only 36 SJs built, represented the Duesenberg marque. Of course, there were many other wonderful examples of automotive history for sale, and we had a great time as over 1000 classics, hot rods, exotics, and muscle cars crossed the auction stage at Auctions Park this weekend. Watch this video of the sale of the 1935 Duesenberg, which sold for $1.15 million.
The ACD Festival consists of so many activities that it is impossible to attend them all, but we sure gave it our best. Of course, there were several car-related activities, but there wasn't a shortage of events for those wanting a break from cars -- maybe for just a little while.