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ON THE OPEN ROAD
Ralph and Sharleen's Road Trip.
Short on time, Big on Adventure
By Sharleen Barbagallo
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So, out came the Road Atlas. A Road Atlas is the must- have book to bring along on any road trip. GPS, you say? I don't do GPS. My Road Atlas can get me just about anywhere I need to go, and it won't tell me to take a left turn into a cornfield where, clearly, there ain't no road!! Besides, we were in a 1969 vehicle, with 1969 technology- No shoulder belts, no anti-lock brakes, no airbags- so the Rand McNally atlas was all the technology we needed.


Outside the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum



We found our route and took a leisurely two hour drive through the small towns and past the large farms of central and eastern Indiana, all the while soaking up the glorious sunshine. Our destination was the historic Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum in Auburn, Indiana. This Museum is housed in what was the Auburn Automobile Administration Building and Showroom. Designed in 1929, it is a beautiful example of a well preserved Art Deco structure.

The magnificent cars housed in this Museum are really a testament to the level of styling and art that abounded in the 1920's and 1930's. The cars are like sculpture, beautiful flowing art forms. But, for all their beauty, it was the Showroom that truly captured my attention.

All, I can say is "WOW!"


I could imagine what it must have been like back in the company's heyday. The terrazzo floor, gorgeous chandeliers, tasteful wall sconces, elaborate ceiling borders and magnificent staircase with sculptural art deco aluminum hand railings were all so beautiful, tasteful and timeless. Ralph was more fascinated with the building's back rooms- the Engineering, Design and Experimental Departments. Original blueprints, drawings and clay renderings of various models were on display in these rooms.


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1969 Road Runner Convertible
383-4V A727 Automatic