Vintage cars in the spotlight during festival

The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival starts Wednesday, August 27.
The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival starts Wednesday, August 27.

Auburn, Ind. (WANE) – Thousand of cars will be driven into the historic Auburn Auction Park for a Labor Day tradition more than 40 years old.

The annual Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival features 1,200 hot rods, muscle, exotic and classic cars. Auctions America is hosting its Auburn Fall sale for four days in a dual-ring auction arena.

The most expensive car in the lineup is a 1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Dual-Cowl Phaeton by LaGrande. The 1935 Duesenberg was privately owned since 1978 and is estimated to be worth at least $1.4 million.

Two cars will be auctioned off to benefit two charities. A 1964 Chevrolet Impala Convertible was donated by Jerry Rathburn, founder of Rathburn Tool & Manufactuing, to benefit Honor Flight of Northeast Indiana. Honor Flight is a nonprofit organization that takes veterans to Washington, D.C.

A 1952 Mercury Monterey Convertible will also be at the auction. Proceeds from that car will go to the Antique Automobile Club of America.

The ACD Festival will also have a private collection of 26 antique tractors, classic automotive parts and some celebrity appearances.

Gates will open Wednesday, August 27 at 9 a.m. in the Auburn Auctions Park. The festival runs through Sunday, August 31.

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