7 Reasons Car Lovers Must Visit DeKalb County, Indiana

7 Reasons Car Lovers Must Visit DeKalb County, Indiana!


Here in DeKalb County, we have a vibrant history of automobiles. Car lovers from around the world venture to Auburn, Indiana to experience the rich automotive history that gives this area its' identity and its' culture. We are a car town for car people and couldn't be more proud. Below are the Top 7 Reasons Car Lovers Must Visit DeKalb County, Indiana. 

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The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum

The ACD Museum has the most significant and extensive collection of Auburn Cord and Duesenberg automobiles in the world. Experience the passion from this great era as you step back through time. Walk the same hallowed hallways as the automotive giants of yesterday, and you get the impression of what a day at the Auburn Automobile Company must have been like in the early 1930s.

The museum has an ongoing schedule of special programming throughout the year which gives a more in-depth look at the history, people, and cars of the Auburn Automobile Company. 





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Downtown Cruise-Ins

Shout out to all muscle cars, classics cars, and hot rod lovers: you won’t want to miss the Thursday night cruise-ins, held once a month in the summer! Come to downtown Auburn, Indiana around the court square to admire all kinds of cars lined up on display. 



The National Auto and Truck Museum

The National Auto and Truck Museum is located in one of the original Auburn Automobile Company’s buildings and sits just behind the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum. This building was constructed by E.L. Cord to assemble the L-29 Cord Car, and designers used the lower level for the development of experimental vehicles. The museum proudly presents over 190 pre and post-war cars and trucks; prototype vehicles, vintage gas and oil pumps, muscle cars, and even a real 1946 diner. And, it’s home of the very rare GM Futurliner #10 (out of only 12 produced)



Spring & Fall Car Auction –RM Sotheby’s

Spring Auction

During the month of May, a spring tradition will continue for car enthusiasts as the RM Auctions’ 2019 Auburn Spring Sale returns to the historic Auburn Auction Park in Auburn, Indiana. Hundreds of collector cars and automobile memorabilia will cross the podium during the four-day sale. For more information, click here.

Fall Auction

Fast forward to fall, and you can experience a Labor Day tradition that has been going on for the past 45 years-The Auburn Fall Auction.  This auction is held at the historic Auburn Auction Park in Auburn, Indiana and also features hundreds of collector cars, automobile memorabilia, onsite swap meets, car corral as well as activities for the entire family. Click here for more details. 




Early Ford V-8 Foundation Museum

The Early Ford V-8 Foundation Museum takes you back in time to catch a glimpse of life in the 1930s, '40s, and '50s. The museum specializes in Ford Motor Company vehicles made between 1932 and 1953 including Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, commercial vehicles, tractors, and Ford Industrial engines. You'll find artifacts, memorabilia, technical displays, literature, and some of the cars that honor the Ford Motor Company and its influence on automotive and American history. You can't miss the towering Ford Rotunda replica either!


Cars and Coffee

Calling all car lovers! Join members of the community and region for the monthly “Cars & Coffee” event. Every third Saturday, May through September, car enthusiasts gather at the ACD Museum Plaza to talk shop and admire some automotive eye-candy. Local vendors provide free coffee and donuts, and the best part is, anything with a motor is welcome to participate!

ACD Festival

Considered one of the world’s greatest classic car show and festival, the ACD festival has been occurring in Auburn, Indiana for the last 62 years. Whether your interest is in collections, classic cars, swap meets, parades, or live music, the festival has it all! People from around the world come annually to experience this great week before Labor Day tradition!

Click here for a schedule of this year’s events.