The ex- Edwin C 'Ted' Jameson
1929 Cord L-29 Town Car
Coachwork by D'Ieteren
Chassis no. 2926758
Engine no. FD1395
298cid L-Head Inline 8-Cylinder Engine
125bhp at 4,000rpm
3-Speed Manual Transmission
Front Wheel Drive - Solid Rear Axle
4-Wheel Drum Brakes - Inboard Front
*Beautifully preserved example of the iconic L-29
*Elegant European coachwork
*Well-documented ownership history
*Excellent entry in preservation class Concours
The Front Drive L-29
Introduced in August 1929, the sublimely sleek Cord L-29 quickly became an international style sensation. Production models were honored with major awards at numerous automotive showings throughout Europe, and the L-29 rapidly became the car of choice for Hollywood celebrities. Built in Indiana, with engineering input from racecar builder Harry Miller and Indy FWD pioneer Cornelius Van Ranst, it was perhaps not surprising that a Cord L-29 "Front Drive" Cabriolet paced the 1930 Indianapolis 500. The L-29's front-wheel drive layout enabled its strikingly low silhouette, while placement of the transmission/differential ahead of the engine necessitated the especially long hood and lengthy 137.5-inch wheelbase. The beautifully streamlined L-29 radiator shell was inspired by that of the ultra-prestigious Duesenberg Model J, introduced by E. L. Cord's Auburn Automobile Co. in late 1928.
The Motorcar Offered
The remarkably original and preserved example of Cord's legendary L-29 model presented here, benefits from just four owners since new. Delivered new as a rolling chassis in the traditional way, chassis no. 2926758 was first purchased by Henry McVickar, possibly a personal friend and business colleague of E.L. Cord himself. As recounted by his son Harry, Henry McVickar was a car enthusiast who owned several high end coach built automobiles, typically several at the time. For 2926758, it is believed that Mr. McVikar decided to use the stylish D'Ieteren Town Car coachwork that was fitted to his 1927 Minerva. The level of craftsmanship of this transformation is very impressive, and was likely carried out by a member of the Brunn coach building family from Buffalo, New York. It is evident not only in the quality of the workmanship, but also how well the Town Car coachwork from the much larger and taller Minerva is beautifully integrated with the low chassis of the L-29 Cord. According to old registration paperwork, the coachwork was adapted and fitted to chassis 2926758 by December 21, 1929. This is less than two months after the bare chassis was shipped from Indiana to New York in October 1929, so it is apparent that this coachwork, still present on the car today, was in fact the cars first coachwork.
The car remained with the McVickar family until 1940, when it was sold to Patrick Boyle. It remained unused in Boyle's Ridgewood, NJ garage until 1976 when it was acquired by noted collector Edwin C. 'Ted' Jameson, remaining in his care until his death in the early 2000's when the immediately prior owner, only its fourth custodian, bought it, still in very original and well preserved condition. Under his stewardship, the car has undergone mechanical servicing, and had some very careful repairs done to the cowl by LaVine Restorations, and the roof reworked by Sharp's Auto Upholstery.
Cord specialists will note that this carefully preserved example still retains many rare factory features, such as the smaller spoke wheels, front brake covers without the vents, a four blade fan and under-hood battery location, just as it did when it was delivered in 1929. The car is a fabulous time capsule, with most finishes un-altered since the car was new in 1929. The history file included with the car is extensive and starts with the 1929 registration, and includes correspondence with the McVickar family, correspondence with D'Ieteren confirming that the body is the body originally fitted to McVickar's Minerva, as well as a wealth of other items including original Cord service bulletins issued by ACD and the ACD Certification.
This is a remarkably original automobile combining Cord's advanced front wheel drive chassis with high quality European coachwork and few, devoted owners since new, would be an excellent candidate for Preservation Class exhibition at the most prestigious concours as well as a stunning participant in the annual Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival in Auburn, Indiana. It will surely be the only one of its kind wherever it appears.