Is it a Cord? Is it an Auburn? No! It is a Corburn!

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05 Jul 2004 23:04 #1912 by Picture Gallery
Picture Gallery created the topic: Is it a Cord? Is it an Auburn? No! It is a Corburn!
From Ray Exton in South Africa. Be sure to visit Ray's website for more Cords in South Africa. http://www.cordinsa.co.za

The car was an original Auburn 852 Boat tail Speedster Supercharged 1936 RHD only 300 ever built, and imported into South Africa by Roy Evans, who it is believed was a car dealer. In the late 30's it was raced in the SA GP in East London and had it's mudguards removed for better handling etc. Unfortunately during the race a woman ran across the track and was hit by the Auburn, damaging the front extensively. The car was then sold on. Someone (it's not known who) rebuilt the car with Cord front mudguards as well as Cord bonnet, grille and instruments - everything else on the car was all Auburn. Leo DuBois in Natal, who had a few Cords over the years bought the car, (see photo).







Henry Bessinger purchased the car from Leo DuBois in the early 70's and set about getting it all back to original with the help of Rudi Exner who re-built a few Cords. Rudi found an Auburn bonnet from someone in Rhodesia who was also restoring an Auburn. Henry also tracked down mudguards which were made of fibreglass from a guy in Canada, but wanted the real thing. So when he flew over to UK one year, he managed to come to some agreement with Lord Montague at Beaulieu, which would allow Henry to take measurements of the Auburn there in exchange for a spare Headlight glass for the Auburn at Beaulieu.
These measurements were then used by a very skilled Portuguese craftsman in South Africa, who Rudi used for sheet metal work, who fabricated the mudguards to original spec. Henry held onto the car for around 25 years and sold it to a guy in the UK who now has it kept in France.


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06 Jul 2004 18:12 #1915 by Auburn/Cord Parts
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The unique Cord front sheetmetal from the Cordburn Speedster is now here in the U.S.A. and is available. The Auburn Speedster, as stated, was returned to it's original configuration.

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06 Jul 2004 23:07 #1917 by Tom Georgeson
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Boy, does that Corburn have a lot of louvers. Took two Cords for that stack.

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10 Aug 2009 19:25 #14196 by oldbanger71
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It has only one louver mor than the Custom Series and one less than the large 7 Passenger Linousine shown in Josh's book page 183 <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: -->

I wonder what a Custom Beverly would look like with the distinctiv nose of Ab Jenkins personal car that Augie Duesenberg and he have build ? Page 187 of Josh's book. <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: -->

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06 Jan 2010 16:38 #15470 by ETHAN ALLEN TURNER
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I did see one of these fibre glass bodies on E-Bay forsale, does anyone remember the company that bult these Cord/Auburn kits.

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07 Jan 2010 17:16 #15488 by ilikescars
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When you said "mudguard" it took me awhile to figure out that you meant fenders! Thats a nice term.

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