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Monday, February 8, 2010

The Auburn had a short life....

Auburn 1933 Salon Phaeton Convertible

Firelight, over at The Keeping Room, posed the question recently about which car King Arthur would likely own. The answer was an Excalibur! I have always loved classic cars; there's so much to love; the smell, the shine, the detail and the sound and feel of the leather when you sink into it.

My father worked for a company that was detailing a Rolls Royce for Queen Elizabeth's visit to Victoria in 1954. Mother and I were visiting him one day and his boss said, "Go on, jump in!". I remember Mum saying, "Ooh, do you think we should?" but in we piled and ever since I then I realised that there were things that just 'weren't the done thing'.

Auburn 1936 Boattail Speedster

Auburn 851 Speedster 1935

The first Auburn automobile was produced in 1900 but production ceased in 1936. The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum in Northeast Indiana opened it's doors in 1974 in the old Auburn manufacturing plant. As the website states, it is "filled with over 120 automobiles and related artifacts. It also contains a wealth of historic information pertaining to Auburn automobile Company, Duesenberg, Inc., Cord Corporation, Auburn Automobiles, Cord Automobiles, Duesenberg Automobiles, Auburn Automobile Company executives and on and on."


Auburn 852 1936 Cabriolet RH-drive

Auburn 851 1935

Auburn 851 Speedster 1935

Auburn V12 1932 Boattail Speedster

The museum also has an exhibition until April 2010 of reproductions of architect Frank Lloyd Wright's drawings (the originals now part of the FLW archives in Taliesin, Arizona). Also included are two cars he owned in the 50s, a 1929 Cord L29 Cabriolet and a 1952 Crosley Super Roadster.

17 comments:

RNSANE said...

Those cars are real beauties...I'd be afraid to ever get them out on a CA freeway with all these mad drivers. They are far too precious.

steven said...

alaine a beautiful posting - even for a non-driver! i was brought up in a household that venerated and eventually owned lovely cars and so i really appreciate these images and your story! i would dearly love to see frank lloyd wright's drawings. he is - a sort of - hero of mine. steven

Alaine said...

Carmel...I'd be worried about taking such a treasure out on the roads these days. A friend owns a T-model Ford and takes it to rallies; I said that I'd be worried sick about it parked outside the motel room at night!

Alaine said...

Steven..thanks. My parents had an Armstrong Siddeley each at one stage; Dad did them up. Mum loved driving hers and I was so proud when she'd drive into the school grounds for the Mother's Club meeting!

I'd love to see that exhibition of Frank Lloyd Wrights drawings too; I've long been an admirer and included a couple of his houses in a post last May - http://coccinella-ladybug.blogspot.com/2009/05/it-pleases-my-eye.html

Betsy said...

Those are some beautiful cars! What a fun job your dad had, too!

Alaine said...

Betsy... it was amazing for a little girl sitting in the back seat of a car ready to pick up the Queen!

Oliveaux said...

so much more interesting! love them....Ax

Alaine said...

Amanda... they are, aren't they but think about it, in 80 years time, the same will be said about today's cars (smile)... xa

maggie's garden said...

I'll take the auburn 852, and the gorgeous home behind it in the photo! We have a '79 MGB which was the last year it was made, and are hoping one day to be able to take these kinds of photos with it. It's costly housing these antiques! But they are beauties.

It's snowing like all get out here. Total come Wednesday about a foot.

Happy Tuesday Alaine!

Alaine said...

Hi Karen! Well, our Tuesday was very busy all day; always is when we go over the mountains to see daughter and shop for things we can't get up here. We bought a treadmill yesterday and will have fun (not) putting it together today.

willow said...

I would love to have a toy car for tooling around town on the weekends.

I've been meaning to tell you how much I like your new "A" avatar!

Alaine said...

Hi Willow, I call it 'swanning around', haha. About the avatar; thank you, I think I snaffled it from the BibliOdyssey blog; he finds some marvellous stuff from ancient books.

Teri said...

My Uncle owned a Cord but I never saw it. I think that was before my time. I love these cars though. One of these days I will visit Taliesin. I have a friend who studied there. I also wanted to tell you that I, too, love Big Love. I love the new season and watch it every Sunday night. Great show. The Good Wife is not too bad either.

Nancy said...

You must come to Reno during Hot August Nights! It's four days of nothing but classic cars and related festivities. Everyone wears poodle skirts and black leather jackets. The cars are amazing, seen on the roads and highways for days before and after the event.

I used to have a 1936 Buick. It was very cool. It had doors that opened from the center and horse-hair apolostery. It was not so fun in the snow - we had to work the wipers by hand..

Alaine said...

Oh Teri, I was so mad when we got home late last night after a day in 'the big smoke', I'd forgotten to tape 'Big Love'! We watched the 2nd episode of The Good Wife (missed the first) and I liked it. Thanks for popping over to my page!

Alaine said...

Nancy, we used to own a '36 Buick! A big, cream, sleak car which swayed on the road and I was forever car sick (especially when expecting our first baby)!

Our neighbouring town has an annual event, the Truck, Ute & Rod Show, held over a weekend. A lot of the old cars were turned into hotrods and some of them are really classy!

That Reno event sounds great and I bet they have the jitterbug and rock'n'roll as a sideline!

Susan said...

Gorgeous automobiles, Alaine! How very cool that you got to sit in the Queen's car!