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Errett Lobban (E.L.) Cord

President - Auburn Automobile Company and Cord Corporation

 
 
Errett Lobban (E. L.) Cord Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, November 13, 2021
1. Errett Lobban (E. L.) Cord Marker
Inscription.  
In 1924, E. L. Cord was tochuited to manage the struggling Auburn Automobile Company with the provision that he could secure controlling interest if he were successful. He quickly assembled young. talented engineers and designers that introdiced powerful eight-cylinder engines, colorful paint schemes and elegant body styles to the Auburn line. Sales grew exponentially. From then on. Auburn automobiles would be known for their performance and in-vogue design. In 1926, Cord assumed contro! of Auburn and also purchased the Duesenberg Automobile and Motors Company.

Born in 1894 in Warrensburg, Missouri, Cord in his teens built, drove and sold racecars. He was a car salesman in Chicago when he caught the attention of investors who hired him to come to Auburn as general manager. In 1929, he forged a transportation empire by founding the Cord Corporation, a holding compan y. Eventually Cord owned 60 companies, including Lycoming Manufacturing, Columbia Axle, Checker Cab, Stinson Aircraft, American Airways, New York Shipbuilding, Limousine Bodư and-Central Manuf?cturing. He later moved to Beverlư Hills, California,
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and als.o resided on a ranch in Nevada, where he served as state senator. He passed away in 1974 in Reno, Nevada.
 
Erected by The William J. and Bonnie L. Hefner Foundation; Ambassador Enterprises; Metal Technologies.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRoads & Vehicles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1924.
 
Location. 41° 21.36′ N, 85° 3.428′ W. Marker is in Auburn, Indiana, in DeKalb County. Marker is at the intersection of Wayne Street and Gordon M Buehring Place, on the right when traveling north on Wayne Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1604 Wayne St, Auburn IN 46706, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Facility (a few steps from this marker); Auburn Automobile Company (within shouting distance of this marker); Alan Leamy (within shouting distance of this marker); "It All Started Here" (within shouting distance of this marker); Fred Duesenberg (within shouting distance of this marker); Roadside America (within shouting distance of this marker); Augie Duesenberg (within shouting distance of this marker); Women Employees (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Auburn.
 
Errett Lobban (E. L.) Cord Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, November 13, 2021
2. Errett Lobban (E. L.) Cord Marker
Errett Lobban (E. L.) Cord Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, November 13, 2021
3. Errett Lobban (E. L.) Cord Marker
Errett Lobban (E. L.) Cord Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, November 13, 2021
4. Errett Lobban (E. L.) Cord Marker
Errett Lobban (E. L.) Cord Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, November 13, 2021
5. Errett Lobban (E. L.) Cord Marker
Errett Lobban (E. L.) Cord Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, November 13, 2021
6. Errett Lobban (E. L.) Cord Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 14, 2021, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 143 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 14, 2021, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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