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  —
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
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.