Made in 1926 the Auburn 8-Eighty Eight was designed by E. L. Cord himself in Auburn, Indiana with the hopes of creating a American made sports car that had a special mark as a sign of distinction for the rest of the world to take notice. The two door touring cars were powered by Lycoming 4.2 Liter straight eight cylinder engine ranging from 88 HP all the way up to 115 HP giving the car an 85 MPH top speed. The 88’s styling was performed by Al Leamy, a recent addition to the Auburn staff and would become famous in the years to come, with the design of the L-29 Cord automobile.
More than one million people, from all fifty states and sixty foreign countries, have visited the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum since it opened in 1974. The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum and the National Truck and Automotive Museum of the United States continue to interpret the history of the Auburn Automobile complex in Auburn, Indiana. Future plans include continued restoration and preventative maintenance of the nominated resources.