National Car and Truck Museum Auburn, Indiana

When my wife and I travel if we are anywhere near a quality car museum we try to make time for a detour to visit it. We have been to Auburn Indiana several times but never seemed to have the extra time to visit the National Car and Truck Museum which is located directly behind the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum. Both buildings are part of the former Auburn manufacturing facility.

On a recent trip to pick up a new enclosed car hauler we planned in an extra day to visit both museums. We were not disappointed with either one and highly recommend both. We highly encourage anyone traveling through that area to visit both. If you do, visit the Aubrun Cord Duesenberg Museum first. Their admission ticket includes a discount off admission on the National Car and Truck Museum.

The star attraction in the National Car and Truck Museum for us had to be the GM Futureliner! This vehicle made its mark on the televised car auctions a few years ago when it was sold at Barrett Jackson for a cool four million dollars. We will give you more details on it in a future Post.

The other cars in the museum run the range from TV Star Cars like the General Lee Charger that was used in the opening scene of the Dukes of Hazard and still wears all of its career ending damage from that jump; to the most beautiful pedal cars you have ever seen; to 1930’s restorations to drool over; to land speed record holder eighteen wheeler trucks.

The following are just a brief overview of some of the fantastic cars and trucks in the collection.

Chrysler concept car from the closed Chrysler Museum.
Chrysler concept car from the closed Chrysler Museum.
Chrysler concept car from the closed Chrysler Museum.
Chrysler concept car from the closed Chrysler Museum.
This black with copper accent paint is just outstanding.
Ever wonder what the inside of an old gravity gas pump looks like? You never saw one look this good back in the day.

The following are NOT REAL cars they are all miniature PEDAL CARS!

This is the last of the Pedal Car images.
Now this is a real gas delivery truck, and it is full size.



This International prototype is absolutely gorgeous and way ahead of its time.
Would you believe this was from 1990?
Land speed record holder Endeavor III that went 223 MPH.
223 Miles per hour record holder.

The GM Futureliner is the star of the Museum, more on it in a future post.


This model of the Futurelines is as intriguing as the real one.


Just another old classic Mustang fastback, right? NO! Read on.
This old Mustang is Wankel powered!
This Vipper V10 powered concept motorcycle is beyond wild!
This bike came from the Chrysler Museum when it closed.


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I grew up and lived in Iowa for a good portion of my life before moving to Southern California. After 20+ years we now live outside Nashville Tennessee. I have been into cars since I was old enough to remember. I don't have a brand loyalty although I do prefer American Muscle especially the 1969/1970 NASCAR Aero Cars. (Check out our other web site at www.TalladegaSpoilerRegistry.com site) As long as it has four wheels and an engine I get excited. Few men are lucky enough to be able to share their passion for cars with the woman they love. Fortunately, my wife, Katriana, is also a gear head and many of our activities revolve around the cars. We have a small collection that includes at least one car from each of the Big Three. It includes a Best of Show winner, a survivor, a driver with lots of patina and several others. Katrina prefers all original cars while I like to modify them so we have a few of each. When we aren't playing with cars we are out working with or showing our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at http://www.LegendaryFarms.com.

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  1. Thank you so much for visiting the DeKalb County area and highlighting this amazing museum! Nice article and great shots! Let us know if you need anything from us. DeKalb Co. Visitors Bureau dekalbcvb.org

  2. I appreciate that and thank you for visiting our site. We have visited Auburn several times for the terrific RM Auction, AACA National meets and the Auburn, Cord, Dusenberg Museum. We have also found some great restaurants and the people in the area are always so friendly. We will be back in 2019 with one of our cars for the AACA (Antique Auto Club of America) Grand National Meet!

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