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8E45E
12-05-2018, 07:26 AM
A rather well detailed article on the famous fire that year: https://homesteadmuseum.wordpress.com/2018/12/02/from-point-a-to-point-b-the-los-angeles-auto-show-of-1929/

Much more informative than other articles I've seen on this, which includes exhibitors, and their financial losses in that fire. And the only foreign car at the show was Mercedes Benz.

Craig

Cowtown Commander
12-05-2018, 10:25 AM
Thanks for including the link to that interesting story. Probably 20 years ago I toured the Auburn Dusenburg Cord museum in Auburn and they had a display of the recreation of 1929 Auburn Speedster Coupe that was destroyed in the fire. It seems that Auburn had created a one off show car that was stunning. To make the car Auburn had made a full size drawing on linen and when Auburn went bankrupt in the late 30's a local sign painter bought some drawings. When he closed his business someone bought these drawings and a doctor from Laporte Indiana used the drawings and other material to recreate the car. Makes one wonder if what might still be laying around South Bend - plans for the Porsche engine? the slab sided pick-up?

Here is a link to the story on the 29 Auburn Speedster recreation

http://theoldmotor.com/?p=144786

http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/webkit-fake-url://d665f51e-91ed-42b4-ac44-65af50259b18/imagejpeg

8E45E
12-05-2018, 02:00 PM
I posted a photo of that 'Cabin Speedster' replica here: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?64725-Orphan-of-the-Day-08-27-1929-Auburn-Cabin-Speedster&p=915336&styleid=1

Craig

Commander Eddie
12-05-2018, 04:52 PM
Wow. Over $50K worth of Studebaker/Erskine cars and trucks were destroyed. Thank heaven they were still in production at the time. What a tragedy.
I noticed from the layout of the displays that Studebaker was right up front on the street.

8E45E
12-05-2018, 05:10 PM
Makes one wonder if what might still be laying around South Bend - plans for the Porsche engine? the slab sided pick-up?

The drawings for the all new chassis with full coil-spring suspension for a larger size car line surfaced maybe ten years ago.

Craig