Monday afternoon I got the opportunity to ride in a 1928 Cadillac Touring Car. The 89 year old car is on display at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum. Sam Grate (Collections Manager at the museum) drove the car and (Pit Crew Member) Robert Probst rode in the back.
To start this classic beauty, you had to push the floor starter.
I have seen a regular push start before but never a floor starter.
You could definitely see the admiration from passerby’s as we drove along the block. People would occasionally wave out the window or do a friendly honk-honk.
As we turned the corner all of the sudden the car stalled and we had to pull over.
It turns out there was a gas leak and they had to call the rest of the Pit Crew for assistance.
The Pit Crew members that came to assist us were Dan Bonkowski, Ray Raynor and Vincent Pietracatella. After some thorough inspections they had to tow the car back to the museum. Towing a car that’s so old takes some experience but the guys had it all under control. We eventually made it back safely to the Conservation Center.
The Crew discovered it was a plugged gas canister that caused a gas leak which in turn caused the car to stall.
Even though the ride was cut short it was still a very interesting experience being able to ride in such an old car. Hopefully there will be more opportunities to ride in some of the other cars in the future. To check out this beautiful car, visit the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum in Auburn, Indiana.