Cord Auburn Duesenberg
If ever you think that the best cars always came from Europe, think
again. The Cord Auburn Duesenberg story has even been enshrined in the
movie 'Carpetbaggers'. These are without doubt some of the most
desirable cars in the World and built to a world class standard.
I was able to find a boat tailed
Auburn Speedster in Longmont Colorado. It had languished in a barn for
many years and of course the engine was seized solid. It was still in
the days when such things were just considered a heap of junk, so I was
able to tow this away for the princely sum of $50. During the
restoration, local car enthusiasts could not understand why the original
engine was being kept. They were sure that I was building a street rod.
How times have changed. On the road, the Auburn could be a bit of a
handful but nevertheless it was wonderful to drive.
I met several owners of Cords, who
spent most of their time trying to keep the correct liquids in the right
places. One winter's day I was passenger in one such beast on a drive to
Denver. Many cars were stalled on the roadside due to the snowfall. The
Cord kept going, at least the front did, as the rear of the car had a
complete mind of its own!
Now of course such experiences are
mostly gone, as the value of these wonderful machines has placed them in
showrooms and museums.