1937 CORD 812 PHAETON  Chassis no. 1814H Engine no. FB791 (see text)
Lot 62
Beautifully presented
1937 CORD 812 PHAETON
Sold for US$ 78,000 inc. premium

Lot Details
1937 CORD 812 PHAETON  Chassis no. 1814H Engine no. FB791 (see text) 1937 CORD 812 PHAETON  Chassis no. 1814H Engine no. FB791 (see text) 1937 CORD 812 PHAETON  Chassis no. 1814H Engine no. FB791 (see text) 1937 CORD 812 PHAETON  Chassis no. 1814H Engine no. FB791 (see text) 1937 CORD 812 PHAETON  Chassis no. 1814H Engine no. FB791 (see text) 1937 CORD 812 PHAETON  Chassis no. 1814H Engine no. FB791 (see text) 1937 CORD 812 PHAETON  Chassis no. 1814H Engine no. FB791 (see text) 1937 CORD 812 PHAETON  Chassis no. 1814H Engine no. FB791 (see text) 1937 CORD 812 PHAETON  Chassis no. 1814H Engine no. FB791 (see text) 1937 CORD 812 PHAETON  Chassis no. 1814H Engine no. FB791 (see text) 1937 CORD 812 PHAETON  Chassis no. 1814H Engine no. FB791 (see text) 1937 CORD 812 PHAETON  Chassis no. 1814H Engine no. FB791 (see text) 1937 CORD 812 PHAETON  Chassis no. 1814H Engine no. FB791 (see text) 1937 CORD 812 PHAETON  Chassis no. 1814H Engine no. FB791 (see text) 1937 CORD 812 PHAETON  Chassis no. 1814H Engine no. FB791 (see text) 1937 CORD 812 PHAETON  Chassis no. 1814H Engine no. FB791 (see text) 1937 CORD 812 PHAETON  Chassis no. 1814H Engine no. FB791 (see text) 1937 CORD 812 PHAETON  Chassis no. 1814H Engine no. FB791 (see text) 1937 CORD 812 PHAETON  Chassis no. 1814H Engine no. FB791 (see text) 1937 CORD 812 PHAETON  Chassis no. 1814H Engine no. FB791 (see text) 1937 CORD 812 PHAETON  Chassis no. 1814H Engine no. FB791 (see text) 1937 CORD 812 PHAETON  Chassis no. 1814H Engine no. FB791 (see text) 1937 CORD 812 PHAETON  Chassis no. 1814H Engine no. FB791 (see text) 1937 CORD 812 PHAETON  Chassis no. 1814H Engine no. FB791 (see text) 1937 CORD 812 PHAETON  Chassis no. 1814H Engine no. FB791 (see text) 1937 CORD 812 PHAETON  Chassis no. 1814H Engine no. FB791 (see text) 1937 CORD 812 PHAETON  Chassis no. 1814H Engine no. FB791 (see text) 1937 CORD 812 PHAETON  Chassis no. 1814H Engine no. FB791 (see text) 1937 CORD 812 PHAETON  Chassis no. 1814H Engine no. FB791 (see text) 1937 CORD 812 PHAETON  Chassis no. 1814H Engine no. FB791 (see text) 1937 CORD 812 PHAETON  Chassis no. 1814H Engine no. FB791 (see text) 1937 CORD 812 PHAETON  Chassis no. 1814H Engine no. FB791 (see text) 1937 CORD 812 PHAETON  Chassis no. 1814H Engine no. FB791 (see text) 1937 CORD 812 PHAETON  Chassis no. 1814H Engine no. FB791 (see text) 1937 CORD 812 PHAETON  Chassis no. 1814H Engine no. FB791 (see text)
1937 CORD 812 PHAETON

Chassis no. 1814H
Engine no. FB791 (see text)

289ci Lycoming Flathead V8 Engine
Single Stromberg Carburetor
125bhp at 3,500rpm
4-Speed Pre-Selector Electric Manual Transmission
Independent Front Suspension - Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Drum Brakes


*Innovative front-wheel-drive Art Deco-era motorcar
*Timeless Gordon Buehrig design
*Sophisticated pre-selector transmission
*CCCA Full Classic™



THE CORD 810/812

One of the few automobiles deemed worthy of inclusion in the Museum of Modern Art in New York and arguably the most easily recognized American car of all time, the Cord 810 debuted in November 1935, receiving a rapturous reception at US automobile exhibitions. The work of a team headed by Duesenberg designer Gordon Buehrig, the 810 body style with its louvered 'coffin' nose, streamlined, spat-shaped wings and absence of running boards would prove immensely influential, its distinctive features being borrowed by most mainstream manufacturers by the decade's end.

The 810's arrival marked the end of a hiatus in Cord production, its predecessor - the L29 - having disappeared in 1931. Errett Lobban Cord had introduced the latter in 1929 as a gap-filling model priced between his Cord Corporation's Auburn and Duesenberg lines. Powered by a Lycoming straight eight, the Cord L29 featured front wheel drive, a chassis layout then in vogue at Indianapolis. Its front-drive layout made for a low-slung frame, and the freedom this gave coachbuilders meant that the Cord was soon attracting the attention of master craftsmen on both sides of the Atlantic.

Custom sedans on a longer wheelbase joined the four-model 812 range for 1937. Priced competitively in the $2,000-3,000 range, the 810/812 should have been a huge success, though, sadly, this was not to be. The Cord Corporation was in deep financial trouble and when its proprietor sold out in August 1937, it spelled the end not just for Cord, but for Auburn and Duesenberg as well. At the close, just fewer than 3,000 810/812s had been made.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Ever elegant and modern, the 'coffin nose' Cords arguably never look better than in a dark color, such as this black example, which allows the chrome body trim to contrast and stand out more, truly accenting its iconic and individual design.

The car offered here is a long term southern state car, which is understood to have resided in Texas for many years. As listed in the registry in Cord Complete by Josh B. Malks, it would appear that at some point its engine was replaced with a slightly earlier power unit, however the body number tallies as original to the chassis. Its owner reports that the car is known to the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Club in Indiana.

Viewed closely the car has the appearance of a nice original car which has received sympathetic refurbishment and maintenance over the years, rather than a comprehensive restoration, and as such may be considered a very presentable 'driver quality' car. The car has recently received a full service and a thorough detailing. Its claret interior shows only the lightest of age, while its fawn top has recently been cleaned and its paintwork detailed. On the mechanical side, its owner reports that the car drives extremely well, including its revolutionary electromagnetic gear-change mechanism.

Whether you are purchasing the car to have as is or take it to a higher level, this is a worthy example for consideration.

Footnotes

  • Please note that this vehicle is titled with chassis number 18144.
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