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January 2, 1974 – E.L. Cord, transportation empire owner, dies
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January 2, 1974 – E.L. Cord, transportation empire owner, dies

E.L. Cord with an Auburn automobile. Courtesy of Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum. Errett Lobban Cord, better known as E. L., began his automotive career as a race car driver, mechanic and car salesman. He would go on to create an automotive empire that including ownership of some of the most luxurious American car brands in the 1920s and 1930s, Auburn and Duesenberg. During that time he also founded Cord, a vehicle among the most mechanically unique to come out of the era. Throughout this life he'd also hold roles as entertainment executive and state law maker. His career and life came to an end when he died from cancer on this day in 1974 at age 79. E.L. Cord with a Cord 810 E.L. Cord buys Auburn Automobile Company Born in Missouri in 1894, Cord became a jack of all trades ty...
October 26, 1926 – E.L Cord acquires Duesenberg
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October 26, 1926 – E.L Cord acquires Duesenberg

Self taught master mechanics and brothers August and Fred Duesenberg used their skills to build fantastic race cars and engines in the early 1900s. In 1913, the pair opened their first independent auto shop in St. Paul, Minnesota. They quickly gained a reputation for building winner race car engines. One feat that cemented their legacy came in 1923 when Jimmy Murphy became the first American to win the French Grand Prix. He did some from behind the wheel of a Duesenberg powered car. This win helped the struggling passenger car division of Duesenberg survive, but it proved to be not enough. Above: 1921 Duesenberg Model A, the Castle Duesenberg. This first passenger car from Duesenberg. By Brian Corey. Top: the author and his fiancée with a Duesenberg Model J at the Auburn Cord Duese...
July 19, 1934 – Patent filed for retractable headlights for Cord
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July 19, 1934 – Patent filed for retractable headlights for Cord

A 1936 Cord 810 Westchester sedan, one of about 125 classic automobiles displayed at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum in Auburn, Indiana. Painted in an original Cadet Grey color, this Cord was owned by Josh Malks, who showed it off in travels around the world. Malks nicknamed it "Moonshadow." With a V-8 Lycoming engine that produced 125 horsepower, the Cord had a top speed of about 80 mph. There are few automobiles that feature such innovation as the 1936/7Cord 810/812. Designed by a host of industry superstars, including Gordon M. Buehrig and Alex Tremulis, who would later offer his skills to the 1948 Tucker, the Cord 810 combined luxury, speed and futurism, and ultimately, failure. The car is said to have been originally conceived as a Duesenberg, which was also owned by...
January 22, 1990 – Cord & Duesenberg designer Gordon Buehrig dies
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January 22, 1990 – Cord & Duesenberg designer Gordon Buehrig dies

Legend has it that Gordon Buehrig was expelled from his design college for drawing cars on textbooks. While the punishment may not fit the crime, if true, he didn't let it affect his day dreams. Those sketches soon, quite soon really, became reality. Instead of trying to finish college, he left his Illinois home headed for the Motor City. After arriving in Detroit he found work at Packard and then General Motors. For young Buehrig, born in 1904, designing the Le Mans competing 1929 Black Hawk couldn't be a better job. That is, until his artistic approach to car design caught the eye of E.L. Cord, who had purchased Duesenberg just three years earlier. Courted by Cord, Gordon Buehrig found himself as Duesenberg's chief designer at the tender age of 25. Among his first tasks: designing ...
October 3, 1912 – First win for Duesenberg
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October 3, 1912 – First win for Duesenberg

Generally speaking, drinking alcohol and driving don’t go together, unless you’re an observer of a race. Hopefully spectators were the only ones with a beer in hand on this day in 1912 when the Pabst Blue Ribbon Trophy race was held in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, a short drive from Milwaukee, where PBR was established. It was at this race that a vehicle equipped with a Duesenberg engine won a professional race for the first time. While it’s only speculation, it’s said the Duesenberg brothers, Frederick and August, celebrated by shotgunning tall cans of PBR. Starting grid for 1912 American Grand Prize race, held in Milwaukee After immigrating from Germany to Iowa in the late 19th century the Duesenberg brothers became enthralled with motor car racing. They began their racing careers workin...

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