Auburn was an American car manufacturer which produced cars from 1900 to 1936. Like so many other early automobile manufacturers, Auburn automobiles were created by makers of horse-drawn carriages Frank and Morris Eckhart of Eckhart Carriage Co. The first car models were experiments as they were hand-built cars and distributing them only in the Auburn area.
Over time, Auburn cars then came to be known for their advanced engineering and striking appearance.
The stylings of this car were primarily designed by notable automobile designers Gordon Buehrig and Alan Mealy. These imaginative designers were hired by Erret Loban Cord when he ran the company from 1924 to 1937. The advance engine was a flat-mounted single-cylinder placed in the center of the car and produced 10 hp(7.5 kW). An A.2- speed planetary transmission was also fitted to complement the makings of the Boattail Speedster.
Because of material shortages during the World War I, plus the financial fall-out in the depression era market, manufacturing over at Auburn became to costly and the plant eventually had to be closed down. Today, however, their art deco headquarters in Auburn has become an automobile museum and was made a National Historic Landmark in 2005.
But even with the untimely demise of the automobile company, their legacy of creating classic cars have been immortalized by the imprint their products left in American culture. In movies and television alone, Fred Astaire can be seen driving a Cord 810 Convertible in the 1937 musical comedy film “A Damsel in Distress.” And in the 1974 film “The Great Gatsby,” Bruce Dern was featured cruising in a 1927 Auburn 8-88.
The 1936 Auburn Speedster also appeared in many Remington Steele episodes as the designated company car. Remington Steele, I might add, was the television series that starred Pierce Brosnan. The role ultimately got him compared to Roger Moore, which then led to him being considered and then eventually grabbing the coveted role of suave super spy, Agent 007 himself, James Bond.
In addition to this, the 1984 Indiana Jones installment “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” the Speedster was also featured in the opening scene as the car being driven by the character Short Round.
It is really unfortunate that such revered cars from the United States were untimely killed by the Great Depression, especially when the plug was pulled at the height of these cars’ automotive lives. Nevertheless, there is comfort in the knowledge that the remnants of their greatness can still be felt and relived in no less than the magical city of Las Vegas. Here, the glory days of the Speedster are again rejuvinated in the showrooms (and then on the road) of classic car rentals.
Rental car dealers in town offer you a wide array of rides from the classic to the exotic to the luxury types. And here in Vegas, you are sure to find an Auburn Speedster waiting to take you for that roaring twenties spin. It is also a treat to know that these car rental companies likewise offer a lot of services in their easy-to-access websites. Car information on models, rental prices, policies and reservations are acquirable in this websites. VIP offers such as a personal driver, 24-hour emergency access, and pick up services are attainable upon request.
So for whatever reason it may be, take a ride on classic rental. If you are a fan of Remington Steele and loved Pierce Brosnan driving this car, you’re sure to enjoy turning the wheels on this baby. Or even if you’re just simply a lover of classic cars, there’s no reason for you to venture out the highway and to hop in on one of these great American classics.