Auburn, Cord, Duesenberg factory tour

Auburn, Cord, Duesenberg factory tour

Eastern Oklahoma
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 -
2:00pm to 3:15pm
Broken Arrow
Oklahoma

 On Wednesday November 11, 2020, nineteen members of the Eastern Oklahoma section visited the Auburn, Cord, Duesenberg factory in Broken Arrow, OK.The Auburn Automobile Company closed its doors in 1937. The Company and its 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, restoration work would be available at the original Auburn, Indiana factory by former Auburn employees.  The ACD Co. would continue to operate in this manor until an Oklahoma industrial arts teacher and Cord restorer, Glenn Pray, offered to buy the ACD Co. With financial help from friend Wayne McKinley, Glenn would eventually strike a deal with Dallas Winslow. The remaining inventory of ACD parts were packed up and moved to Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. According to Glenn Pray's estimate, he thinks that they transported 700,000 pounds of parts. Glenn Pray had purchased much more than just parts. He now controlled the trademark names, Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg. Once the ACD Co. was moved to Oklahoma and set up, it began offering parts and restoration work again. It was not long after the move that Mr. Pray had thoughts of putting the 1936-1937 Cord back into production. He did just that... A newly engineered front wheel drive Modern Cord 8/10 was available from the ACD Co. in 1964. Gordon Buehrig, the cars original designer, worked with Glenn on the design of the new 8/10 Cord (8/10 meaning eight tenths the size of the original Cord). Bill Martin the head of operations at the factory gave our members an excellent review of the history of the company as well as a tour of the facility and current cars undergoing restoration.   All of the members who attended were impressed with the detail of the workmanship being conducted on the cars under restoration.Also on display was a magnificent 1953 Mercedes Benz  300s Cabriolet which was on sale.   The car was a trade in on a fully restored Auburn Speedster.