Famous Old Cars – Today’s production line cars take on more and more of a similarity of appearance and mechanical design. Gone are the days when an American Automobile was a work of classic beauty, design and craftmanship. Today’s Detroit automobiles with their powerful engines mounted on mass produced paper thin steel are a far cry from the magnificently engineered “Famous Old Cars” of yesterday.
1936 Auburn Speedster
The Auburn Automobile Company of Auburn, Indiana was founded in 1900 by Frank and Morris Eckhart. Auburn built beautifully styled cars, exciting in appearance and often exciting in performance. In 1925 Auburn built its first V-8 engine. Production continued into the 1930s. However, in spite of what could be called a brilliant line of American Automobiles sales and production continued to plummet throughout the 1930s. No Auburns were made in 1937.
1931 Cord LaGrande Speedster
The Cord Automobile Co. of Auburn, Indiana was founded in 1929 by Errett L. Cord. The first Cord automobile was a front wheel drive vehicle but it wasn’t the first. All Cord’s were engineering marvels and creations of beauty. Cord failed in 1937. Some say it was too advanced for their period.
1932 Duesenberg Model SJ Convertible
The Duesenberg Motor Co. of Indianapolis, Indiana was founded in 1920 by brothers Frederick and August Duesenberg. In the 1920s Duesenberg’s advertising slogan claimed “Built To Outclass, Outrun and Outlast Any Car On The Road”. The Duesenberg Motor Co. did not survive the Great Depression and final production was 1937. The Duesenberg is still remembered as one of the finest automobiles ever produced.
1919 Locomobile Roadster
The Locomobile Co. of Bridgeport, CT was founded in 1900. At first they built steam cars but later switched to gas engines in 1904. Locomobiles were expensive high quality American automobiles. In 1922, Locomobile was acquired by Durant Motors and they continued production until 1929.
The Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Co. of Buffalo, NY was founded in 1901 by George M. Pierce. The Pierce-Arrow was a leader in innovation and design with clean and classic lines. The last Pierce-Arrow was produced in 1937.
1914 Stutz Bearcat
The Stutz Motor Car Co of Indianapolis, Indiana was founded in 1913 by Harry C. Stutz. Stutz began selling high performance roadsters like the famous Stutz Bearcat. Due to financial problems Stutz sold the company in 1919 and the company later failed in 1935.