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A light industrial center in a rich farming region, Auburn is one of the oldest towns in DeKalb County. One of the nation's earliest car manufacturers, the W.H. McIntyre Co., operated in Auburn 1908-15. From 1900 to 1937 the city was the site of the Auburn Automobile Co., maker of luxury cars, including the popular Auburn Boattail Speedster and the noted frontwheel drive Cord cars.
Auburn Chamber of Commerce: 208 S. Jackson St., P.O. Box 168, Auburn, IN 46706; phone (219) 925-2100.
AUBURN CORD DUESENBERG MUSEUM, 1 mi. s.e. of 1-69 via SR 8 following signs, at 1600 S. Wayne St., is in the 1930 Art Deco factory showroom built for the Auburn Automobile Co., manufacturer of the legendary Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg luxury motorcars. The museum features more than 100 antique and classic automobiles from the 19th century to the present. The focus is on the innovative and boldly styled Auburns, Cords and Duesenbergs produced in Indiana during the 1920s and 1930s.
Highlights also include automobiles produced by Packard, Cadillac and Rolls Royce as well as rare cars built in Indiana. Allow 1 hour, 30 minutes miuimum. Daily 9-5; closed Jan. 1, Thanksgiving and Dec. 25. Admission $7; ages 6-18, $4.50; family rate $20. Phone (219) 925-1444.
NATIONAL AUTOMOTIVE AND TRUCK MUSEUM, 1000 Gordon M. Buehrig PI., displays vintage cars and trucks in a former automobile manufacturing facility. Also exhibited are displays of, toy vehicles arid other memorabilia. Daily 9-5. Admission $4, under 13 free. AE, MC, VI. Phone (219) 925-9100.