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Paul Reuter–Lorenzen : The Art of Automobile Design

Exhibit Summary

Paul Reuter-Lorenzen was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1892. He immigrated to the United States when he was in his thirties. He began working for the Auburn Automobile Company in the early 1930s as an illustrator and eventually became a member of Gordon Buehrig's design team. While working with Buehrig, Chief Designer at Auburn Automobile Company, Reuter-Lorenzen performed design work for the Auburn, Cord, and Duesenberg marques and was most directly involved in interior styling details and the Cord 810/812 project.

Reuter-Lorenzen illustrated many of the Auburn Automobile Company's catalogs and created art for dealership displays. He spent much of his time with the company drawing technical illustrations of cars and parts. In addition, he was instrumental in the Cord 810 design work and was working on the next generation of Auburns, Cords and Duesenbergs when automobile production was discontinued in 1937.

After the Auburn Automobile Company went out of business in 1937, he moved to Detroit and worked for General Motors. He eventually moved to New York and worked for U.S. Steel where he retired in 1957 as Vice President of the Export Division.

The Paul Reuter-Lorenzen Collection contains drawings, designs, and artwork done by Paul Reuter-Lorenzen for the Auburn Automobile Company and beyond. The first box in this collection contains mostly drawings of radiator grills, radiator ornaments, and hub cap renderings among other things. The second and third boxes in this collection contain mostly drawings of concept cars as well as work Reuter-Lorenzen did for the Central Manufacturing Company (which was owned by the Cord Corporation) and the U.S. Rubber Company.

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Paul Reuter–Lorenzen