|Gordon M. Buehrig (1904-1990)|
The next gallery at the museum honours the celebrated automobile designer, Gordon Buehrig, who was responsible for some of the most iconic cars in the United States during a career that lasted some 45 years. Immediately following a stint at Stutz, where he was responsible for the three lightweight boattailed Black Hawk Speedsters raced at LeMans in 1929, he joined Duesenberg Inc. as the in-house body designer in June 1929. He was ultimately responsible for the designs for half of the coachwork that was to adorn the Model J. In addition, he was the designer of the Auburn 851 Speedster and the Cord 810/812. A master of the clay model, Buehrig's gallery shows models used for designing the Cord 810/812, along with tools of the craftsmen, and other highlights of his illustrious career.
In the former Accounting Department room is now to be found the Gallery of Technology, which features some of the interesting technical achievements of the company. In addition to a bare chassis Cord L-29, illustrating the impressive front-wheel drive system, the room is dominated by the rather amazing Duesenberg V-16 engine, designed to be the most powerful aircraft engine available until the end of World War I meant the end of this and other Duesenberg aircraft engine development.
|Cord L-29 chassis|
|Duesenberg Model H V-16 engine, with 48 valves, produced 800 hp|
|Duesenberg and Cord engines on display|
In 1909 Indiana ranked only behind Michigan in terms of automobile manufacturing in the United States and can boast of having had some 350 individual car makers. A fascinating gallery in the museum houses a display entitled "Hoosier Made: World Driven" featuring fine cars from Indiana companies, some more famous than others.
|1894 Black Motor Buggy was constructed by carriage maker and blacksmith Charles Black, who may have already demonstrated an internal combustion vehicle in 1891|
|1899 Wavery Stanhope Phaeton|
|1901 Haynes-Apperson Model A Motor Carriage|
|1922 Haynes Model 55 Touring Car|
|1911 Izzer Roadster, a vehicle commissioned by Dr. H.H. Bissell and produced by the Model Gas Engine Works in Peru, Indiana. A total of three cars were made, of which this (Dr. Bissell's own car) is the only survivor|
|1919 Cole Aero-Eight Model 885 Toursedan|
|1924 Marmon Model 34C 4-Passenger Speedster|
|1920 Apperson Model 8-20 Touring Car|
Typical of "assembled" cars of the period, the Moon used a Continental engine, in this case a Red Star Six
|1931 Stutz MB Chassis, power from an OHV 322 cu. in. V-8|
The former Woodworking and Experimental Shop of the Auburn Company now houses a small gallery devoted to racing and record-setting cars
|1910 Auburn Model 40 Speedster|
|Duesenberg Model A Engine|
|1932 Auburn 12-160A Boattail Speedster|
Automobile enthusiasts Baron Jr., Miles, and Sam Collier of New York's Collier Advertising dynasty were instrumental in forming the Airmobile Racing Club of America in the 1930s. This 1932 Auburn Speedster was owned by Sam Collier who nicknamed the car Beelzebub. The vehicle was somewhat modified for racing by adding the small Brooklands windshields, the large tachometer and the copper cooling coil. The vehicle was road raced in Europe in 1933 against smaller cars such as MGs, Bugattis, and Model A Fords. In 1936 Sam raced it at the Cotton carnival Road Race in Memphis where he took top honors for the Touring Class. In 1937, Sam's brother Baron Jr., sped to a second place overall victory in the Climb to the Clouds race held at Mt. Washington.
|1900 Eckhart Carriage, from the company that would eventually become the Auburn Automobile Company|
The final gallery in a tour of the museum is housed in the former Purchasing and Accounting Office and is devoted to early Auburn cars, from 1903 to 1924. The display cars are shown on a nice carpeted area, meant to invoke an upmarket car dealership.
|1904 Auburn Model A|
|1911 Auburn Model N Four-Door Touring Car|
|1909 Auburn Model G Touring Car|
|Duesenberg racing at the French Grand Prix, LeMans, 1921|
|Duesenberg racing car at Gasoline Alley, Indianapolis Speedway|
|1924 Auburn Model 6-43 Touring Car|