Welcome to The Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Company, where we are dedicated to providing the highest quality service and restoration for your vehicle. We have been in business in Broken Arrow, OK since 1960 and have built a reputation within the ACD community for quality restorations. Our team is made up of experts who are passionate about restoring some of the world's finest vehicles and are committed to delivering the best possible experience for our customers.
At ACD Co., we believe in providing the highest level of restoration possible for our clients whatever their resources. We are constantly striving to improve and innovate, and we are committed to staying on the cutting edge of our industry. We take pride in our work and are dedicated to providing our customers with the highest level of service. Whether you're a long-time customer or new to our business, we are here to help you achieve your goals and exceed your expectations.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. We look forward to working with you!
The Auburn Automobile Company was a luxury car manufacturer based in Auburn, Indiana. However, by 1937 the company was facing financial difficulties and was forced to close its doors. In 1938, Detroit entrepreneur Dallas Winslow purchased the remaining assets of the company, including the parts inventory, for $85,000 and an additional $25,000 for the Auburn administration building. He renamed the company the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Company (ACD Co.) and began operating it as a parts supplier for Auburn cars. The ACD Co. also offered service and restoration work at the original factory in Auburn, Indiana, using the expertise of former Auburn employees.
In the early 1960s, Oklahoma industrial arts teacher and Cord restorer Glenn Pray offered to buy the ACD Company. Pray was able to strike a deal with Winslow, and the remaining inventory of ACD parts were packed up and moved to Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Pray also acquired the trademark names Auburn, Cord, and Duesenberg. The ACD Co. continued to offer parts and restoration work, but Pray had bigger plans. He wanted to put the 1936-1937 Cord back into production and he did just that. A newly engineered front-wheel-drive Modern Cord 8/10 was available from the ACD Co. in 1964, designed with the help of Gordon Buehrig, the car's original designer.
Glenn Pray's accomplishments and the Cord 8/10 story have been featured in many major publications, including Automobile Quarterly and Popular Mechanics Magazine.
After Glenn's involvement with the Cord ended, he turned his attention to building a modernized version of the 1935/851-1936/852 Auburn Speedster. Engineering started in 1966, and the prototype Speedster was completed in April 1967. The first public showing was in August 1967 at the annual ACD Club meet in Auburn, Indiana. The car was then road-tested for 40,000 miles, and only minor modifications were needed for the production Speedsters. The new Auburn, known as the 866 Speedster, was made available to the public in 1968 and was priced at $8,450. The 1968 production cars were equipped with a big block 428 Ford engine and came with either an automatic or four-speed transmission. Functional supercharger-style exhaust pipes, power steering, power brakes, and air conditioning were just a few of the modern conveniences offered.
After Glenn Pray's death in 2011, the leadership of the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Company (ACD Co.) fell to his son, Doug Pray. Since then, Doug has worked tirelessly to rejuvenate the "pickle plant" and ensure that operations continue along with the legacy of the ACD Co. Most recently Glenn’s Grandson and Doug’s son, Adam Pray, has taken over the operations of the company to become the 3rd generation of Prays to lead the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Company.
Today, the ACD plant is a bustling hub of activity, with work continuing on dozens of restoration and repair projects involving various original Cord and Auburn models. The ACD Co. is still committed to offering some of the world's finest automobile restorations and is still the go-to destination for automobile enthusiasts worldwide seeking new old stock parts. The company's focus on quality, attention to detail, and dedication to preserving the legacy of these iconic brands have made it a leader in the automotive restoration industry. Under Adam Pray's leadership, the ACD Co. continues to be a vital part of the car community, dedicated to keeping these classic cars on the road and preserving their legacy for future generations.