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ACD Museum kicks off festival with 12 classics for sale in benefit

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The Seventh Annual Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum’s Benefit Extravaganza will be at 6 p.m. Aug. 30. This is the Museum’s premier event of the ACD Festival Weekend.

Each year automobiles (not from the museum's collection) are auctioned at the event with proceeds benefiting the educational programming efforts of the Museum. The event also features silent and live non-automobile auctions, a gourmet dinner and after-hours touring of the Museum.

The Museum is excited to have special guest American racing legend Bobby Unser at the fundraising event. “To have an Indy 500 three-time champion at our event is exciting,” said Kendra Klink, museum operations director. “What is even more exciting is that the theme of this year’s Benefit Extravaganza is ‘Racers and Record-Setters,’ focusing on early automobile racing. To partner Unser’s presence as an award-winning, record-holding racer with the Auburn Automobile Company’s Duesenberg racing success, is an exciting connection.”

Twelve automobiles have been slated for the Aug. 30 auction including:

  • A 1927 Model T-Speedster Recreation: This Ford Model T-Speedster recalls a time when those who desired excitement could build a race car in their own garage. When building a racecar on a budget during the 1920s and 1930s, it was common practice to rebody a Model T. The owner states that this sleek example has been tested to the amazing speed of 90 miles-per-hour.
  • A 1913 Regal: Famous for its under-slung chassis, the Regal was advertised as the “greatest endurance car in the world.” With a low-slung chassis and rakish body, it rode closer to the ground than most cars of its day - a true open air sports car! Where will you see another?
  • A 1955 Chevrolet Nomad: An icon of the “modern classic,” the Chevy Nomad is now coveted by collectors for its distinctive two-door wagon styling and beautifully curved rear windows. It is not only stylish, but functional too. With flat-folding rear seats, it is a perfect car for those weekend getaways.
  • A 1965 Cord 8/10: Glenn Pray’s interpretation of the traditional Cord at eight-tenths scale. Front-wheel drive and powered by the rare turbocharged Corvair engine, it continues the legacy of the Cord 810 and 812.
  • A 1974 Auburn 874: This unique dual-cowl phaeton is Glenn Pray’s vision of a four-person speedster. The prototype was designed and built in an astounding 40 days, just in time for its debut at the 1974 Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club Reunion in Auburn, Indiana. A total of 18 were built. It is being offered for sale following donation to the Pierce-Arrow Foundation; proceeds will directly benefit the Pierce-Arrow Museum in Hickory Corners, Mich.
  • A 1930 Ford Model A: This Model A Tudor Sedan runs smoothly, just as advertised by the Ford Motor Company in 1930. This is your chance to own the quintessential American family car which carried our nation to prosperity.

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