The Auburn Automobile Company closed it's doors in 1937. The Company and it's remaining parts inventory were purchased by Dallas Winslow, a Detroit entrepreneur in 1938 for $85,000 plus an additional $25,000 for the Auburn administration building. This newly acquired company was renamed the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Company. Buying up bankrupt manufacturing companies was Mr. Winslow's forte. Dallas Winslow would eventually own over 300 such companies. Mr. Winslow would continue to operate these old businesses as parts suppliers. The Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Company (ACD Co.) would not only offer replacement parts to the now orphaned car owners, but would also offer service work. Later on, restoration work would be available at the original Auburn, Indiana factory by former Auburn employees.
1937 Supercharged Cord Custom Berline Deluxe Takes First Place! The Most Luxurious & Expensive Cord Ever Built
Company Data shows only 36-48 Custom Berlines were produced. Out of the twenty-seven Custom Berlines that are documented to survive, only nine are Supercharged! And just twelve of these already exclusive cars come with a deluxe rear vanity (as shown). It includes dual lighters, ashtrays, and glove boxes, an intercom system, and a windup glass division window.
Wheelbase: 132” Overall Length: 208.5” Overall Width (from factory print): 71” Height Loaded (from factory print): 62.2” Front Tread: 56” Rear Tread: 61” Ground Clearance (not including battery box): 9” Model 812 Supercharged: Lycoming Central Manufacturing Tag: Designated Custom Berline Factory Advertised List Price for 1937 Supercharged Berline: $3,575 + Cost of Accessories
More research has gone into this Berline than any other in history. Auburn Cord Duesenberg Company sets the standard for all Berlines. Information sourced through Cord Complete by Josh B Malks
Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival - 2018
RISKO CAR RETURNS RESTORED AND TAKES 1ST PLACE!
Photo credit: Luke Townsley
The famous "boxer car" made it's debut at The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival in Auburn, Indiana, Labor Day Weekend and the crowds went wild! We heard comments like, "Your car is incredible!", "It's so elegant" and one gentleman even said that out of all of the 40 plus Speedsters in attendance, ours was the best! Hearing statements like this make all the hard work and long summer days and nights worthwhile for the team here at ACD.
The 1929 Auburn 8-120 Speedster was purchased new by Boxer Johnny Risko and later extensively modified. He kept the car until his death in 1953. When the new owner, Alan Atkinson, commissioned us to restore this car to its former glory, we gladly accepted the challenge!
Less than a year later, the "Johnny Risko" Speedster took primary first place in its class at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival!
Thank you to the wonderful individuals who helped to put on the event, the knowledgeable judges and our amazingly hard-working team here at The Original Auburn Cord Duesenberg Co.! Thank you, Doug, Bryan, Joe, Harley, Craiton and Luke. Special thanks to Bobby at South East Auto Trim/Dent Genie and Bill Bicknell for their expertise.
Join us for The 64th ANNUAL AUBURN-CORD-DUESENBERG FESTIVAL: Celebrating Women Behind The Wheel
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