Friday, December 10, 2010

Another Adventure

 by Willy Vinton

I just returned from a trip to the east. After checking out a car, I decided to take time to visit a few museums while there. I visited the Auburn Cord Duesenburg Museum in Indiana and had a great time there. Matt Short, excutive VP of the museum, was very generous with his time and gave me a tour of the facility and collection.  The V-16 engine at right was built in 1918 by the Duesenberg brothers for aircraft use, but they had no planes to handle it so it never went into production. It's 3393 cubic inches, making 800 HP at 1800 RPM. Boy would I like to hear this thing run!

This is the building where the Imp cyclecars were made. I did walk around and, look as I may, could not find a single Imp cyclecar left unknown. I did get to study the Imp on display at the ACD. With in-depth photos in hand I was able to gain a better understanding of what and how Imps were built.                                                       

Does this look familiar? It's a Cord L-29--same as our black Cord, but with a paint scheme by Frank Lloyd Wright similar to our '33 Auburn. This was Wright's personal car and its great looks really grabbed my attention.

The ACD Museum is a great place to visit and I would recommend it to anyone that is in the area. I went to the Henry Ford Museum next but will leave that for a later post.

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