Harold T. Ames met Errett Cord when both were selling Gardner automobiles in Chicago in 1919. They remained friends for life. Cord appointed Ames president of Duesenberg, Inc. and later executive vice-president of the Auburn Automobile Company. Ames was also a director of the Cord Corporation

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif., June 5 [1983] Harold Ames, industrialist, banker and creator of two classic American automobiles, died at Eisenhower Medical Center Thursday after a lengthy illness. He was 89 years old.

Mr. Ames started his career as a salesman of Hudson autos in Chicago in 1911. He later joined the Duesenberg Automobile Company in Indianapolis and became vice president of the company, which was taken over by the Auburn Automobile Company in 1926.

Mr. Ames was responsible for the creation of the Duesenberg Torpedo Phaeton, brought out in 1932 when he succeeded the late Fred Duesenberg as president of the Duesenberg Company and the Auburn Boattail speedster introduced in 1935.

He left the auto industry and became president of the LaPorte Corporation of LaPorte, Ind., which made metal trim and doors for airplanes in World War II.

He also became president of the Chicago Electric Company, the National Stamping and Electric Company, and the Electrosnap Corporation, all of Chicago.

Mr. Ames is survived by his wife, Katherine; a daughter; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren, and two sisters.


Harold T. Ames (1894-1983)

was a Duesenberg salesman, then president of the company after Fred Duesenberg died.