If you bought an Auburn automobile in the mid-1930s, none other than record-setting racer Ab Jenkins would sign a plaque verifying just how fast your car had gone when it was tested by the factory —all Auburn 810-812 models were guaranteed to exceed 100 miles per hour.
That testing was conducted out of the Auburn Service Building, a structure tucked behind the headquarters of the Auburn Automobile Company in northeastern Indiana. The main Auburn building came to house not only its namesake automaker but also the Cord and Duesenberg brands, and the magnificent art deco structure now houses the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, widely acclaimed to be one of the finest car museums on the planet.
But when you visit the ACD Museum, you also should take time to see what’s on display in the former Auburn Service Building and the L29/Experimental Building and the Eckhart Building, structures which together form NATMUS, the National Auto & Truck Museum of the United States. Continue reading