July 26 & 27, 2019
Travel to northeast Indiana this summer with Indiana Automotive for a look at historic Auburn’s landmarks of automotive innovation. The two-day tour on July 26 and 27 explores three automotive museums (one National Historic Landmark) and two private auto collections. Your ticket price includes three meals, including dinner Saturday evening at the famed Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum with after-hours access to the over 120 classic, antique, and special-interest cars on display.
Founded by carriage manufacturer Charles Eckhart and his two sons, then taken over by E.L. Cord in 1924, the Auburn Automobile Company scored several “firsts” in auto manufacturing during the 1920’s including the first front-wheel drive American production passenger car (the Cord L-29). Nonprofit Auburn Automotive Heritage, Inc. bought and restored the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Facility in the 1970s, reopening the Art Deco administration building and showroom as a museum in 1974. In 1990, the original service and new parts department and Cord L-29 building became home to the National Automotive and Truck Museum of the United States. The complex was named a National Historic Landmark in 2005 for its unique heritage and architecture, a status shared by only 42 sites in Indiana.
Friday afternoon we’ll kick off the weekend at 3pm with a visit to the newly expanded Early Ford V-8 Museum followed by a dinner and tour at the private auto collection of Lee and John Pontius. Their collection includes 1941-1947 Hudsons, a 1932 Auburn Brougham, and several 1960s collector cars.
Saturday we’ll start the morning with The James Collection, more than 24 concourse-quality collector cars, including 1929, 1934, and 1938 Packards; a 1932 Duesenberg Dual Cowl Phaeton; a 1936 Auburn Phaeton; and a 1908 Holsman Model 10 Runabout. The adjoining restoration shop, James Classic Cars, will also be open for tours. After The James Collection, we’ll head to the National Automotive and Truck Museum of the Unites States (NATMUS) for a tour and lunch. The museum displays more than 100 vehicles, including trucks, American muscle cars, Checker Taxicabs, pedal cars, and Chrysler concept vehicles.
Saturday evening we’ll gather for cocktails (cash bar) and appetizers at Willennar Hall in the world-famous Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum where you’ll be free to tour the museum’s three floors until dinner is served at 7 p.m. Following a short after-dinner program, you may continue to tour the museum until midnight.
For additional information on our tour sites and a detailed schedule, visit auburntour19.eventbrite.com.
We’ve arranged a group rate of $89.99 (plus tax) at Auburn Inn (225 Touring Drive, Auburn, IN 46706). King and Double Queen rooms are available. To guarantee the group rate, reserve before June 26, 2019 by calling 260-925-6363 and mentioning Indiana Landmarks’ Indiana Automotive tour. (Rooms/rates after June 26 subject to availability.)
A group rate of $99 (plus tax) is available at Holiday Inn Express (300 Lenora Lane, Auburn, Indiana 46706). Reserve by July 11 using our custom booking link or by calling 1-877-666-3243 and mentioning group code ILG. (Rooms/rates after July 11 subject to availability.)
Tickets cost $145 for Indiana Automotive members and $165 for non-members. Purchase your ticket using the form below, by visiting auburntour19.eventbrite.com, or by calling 317-639-4534.
Indiana Automotive, an affinity group of Indiana Landmarks, welcomes members interested in the early auto visionaries and the preservation of the cars they made, their factories, showrooms, and homes, and the landscaped parkways and roadside architecture birthed by the auto age. Not a member? Learn more about Indiana Automotive at indianalandmarks.org/about/indiana-automotive.