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#10 of 13 Pierce-Arrow, Cord, Auburn
Feb 22, 2012 (1:50 pm)
How would you envision the once revered American marques Pierce-Arrow, Cord and Auburn today, if they had survived? I could see Cord as the American Audi, with trend setting exterior and interior styling, and FWD/AWD. However, now that we've got Packard and Hudson back in business on this discussion, as the American MB (or Lexus) and BMW, respectively, I find it difficult to position Pierce-Arrow and Auburn. Any thoughts?
#11 of 13 Re: Pierce-Arrow, Cord, Auburn [hpmctorque]
Feb 24, 2012 (5:47 pm)
I don't know about Auburn or Pierce-Arrow, but I'd picture a Duesenberg as some kind of exotic now.
#12 of 13 Re: Pierce-Arrow, Cord, Auburn [lemko]
Feb 24, 2012 (8:58 pm)
I thought about Deusenberg, but I don't think it had a direct counterpart. It was a step above Packard and Cadillac, and not really similar to Rolls Royce or Isotta Fraschini. Bottom line is I don't know how to characterize it because it seemed to be in a class unto itself. Come to think of it, the Isotta Fraschini was probably the Deusy's closest counterpart.
#13 of 13 Re: Pierce-Arrow, Cord, Auburn [hpmctorque]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Feb 25, 2012 (2:42 pm)
The Duesenberg would be equivalent today to the Bugatti Veyron or the McLaren F1. It was a supercar in every respect, so you're right, it's way above a Cadillac or Packard or even the fancy coach-built Rolls Royce cars. Maybe a pre-Rolls Blower Bentley would keep up with one, but the Blower Bentleys were crude pieces of work next to a Duesenberg.