1937 CORD 812 SUPERCHARGED 'SPORTSMAN'  Chassis no. 31631F Engine no. FC2136

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1937 CORD 812 SUPERCHARGED 'SPORTSMAN'

DKK 1,000,000 - 2,000,000
US$ 150,000 - 300,000
1937 CORD 812 SUPERCHARGED 'SPORTSMAN'

Chassis no. 31631F
Engine no. FC2136

289 cid Lycoming Flathead V-8 Engine
Single Stromberg Carburettor
170 bhp at 4,250 rpm
4-speed Pre-selector Electric Manual Transmission
IFS, Live Rear Axle
4-wheel Drum Brakes


*Gorgeous example of the iconic "Coffin-nose" Cord
*Powerful supercharged engine and innovative pre-selector gear shift
*Previously owned by well-known collector Jules Heumann
*30 year build by Cord enthusiast
*Exceptional condition inside and out



THE "COFFIN-NOSE" CORD

One of the few automobiles deemed worthy of inclusion in the Museum of Modern Art in New York and arguably the most easily recognised American car of all time, the Cord 810 debuted in November 1935, where it received a rapturous reception at US automobile shows. Originally conceived as a baby Duesenberg, this amazing design was the work of a team headed by Gordon Buehrig, who had previously designed the famous Duesenberg Beverly style and the stupendous Duesenberg "Twenty Grand" for the 1933 Chicago World's Fair.

The 810 body style with its louvered "coffin" nose, streamlined wings, concealed gas filler under a modern flap, headlamps that opened by means of hand-cranks on either side of the airplane-style engine-turned aluminium dash and the absence of running boards would prove immensely influential. The following model year, cars all over the world suddenly had horizontal chrome strips along the hood, squared-off grilles and more shapely side treatments. None however, could aspire to the clean, simple and timeless beauty of the original.

The 810's arrival marked the end of a hiatus in Cord production, as the L-29 model had disappeared in 1931. Errett Lobban Cord had introduced the L-29 in 1929 as a gap-filling model priced between the Auburn and Duesenberg lines of the Cord Corporation. Powered by a Lycoming straight-eight, the Cord L-29 featured front wheel drive, a chassis layout then in vogue at Indianapolis. Its front-wheel-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.

A front-wheel-drive car like the L-29, the 810 differed from its predecessor by virtue of its more compact Lycoming V-8 engine and 4-speed, pre-selector electric gearbox, modelled on the French Cotal. Set further back in the chassis, the new powertrain gave the 810 improved balance and came with 125 bhp in standard trim or 170 bhp when supercharged.

The Cord was re-designated 812 for 1937 when custom sedans on a longer wheelbase joined the range, although it is doubtful whether any independent offering ever matched Buehrig's original Beverly fastback sedan for sheer style. Supercharging was made available on the 1937 812 model, and these can be distinguished from the normally aspirated 812s by the chrome-plated external exhaust pipes mounted on each side of the hood and grille. Priced competitively in the USD 2,000 - 3,000 range, the 810/812 should have been a huge success, but this was not to be. The Cord Corporation was in deep financial trouble, and when Mr. Cord sold up in August 1937, it spelled the end not just for Cord, but for Auburn and Duesenberg as well. At the close, a little fewer than 3,000 810/812s had been made.


THE MOTOR CAR OFFERED

By far most of the about 3,000 Cord 810/812s were closed cars, called the Westchester when built as a fastback, and the Beverly when fitted with a bustleback trunk. Of the open models, the most common was the four-passenger Phaeton. Only 195 examples were manufactured of the supremely elegant two-seat convertible coupe later called the Sportsman, and according to the factory records, a mere 64 of these were supercharged.

According to previous owner and famous Hispano-Suiza expert Jules Heumann, 31631F is a three decade long effort by one of the most respected Cord enthusiasts, namely Henry Portz of Arroyo Grande, California. This car never left the factory officially in its present configuration, but was assembled over a thirty year period using original Cord 810/812 parts. Faults of the original design, such as slipping out of gear and vapor lock were corrected. The build of the car is fully authentic and it is probably the finest one extant. The rich maroon colour is an original Cord colour as well.

Although the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg club were unable recognize the car as being originally delivered by the factory in its current state, it nevertheless allowed it entry to one of its national meets. It has the reputation of being one of the finest Cord 812 supercharged convertible coupes from a technical point of view. Jules Heumann acquired 31631F from Henry Portz in late 2011, as he had never previously owned an American classic. He kept the car for a little over a year, but sold the car to Henrik Frederiksen in late 2012 as he felt unfamiliar with the front wheel drive configuration, having previously owned a number of Hispano-Suiza automobiles.

When this car was shipped, it had a standard coolant, but not long after reaching Denmark low temperatures were encountered and the engine was damaged by freezing. Amazingly, Henrik Frederiksen was able to acquire a rebuilt supercharged Cord 812 engine from Mark Tomei in January 2013, which was then fitted to the car. Chassis 31631F is reported to drive and shift well and remains in outstanding fully restored condition.

This example represents the second generation front wheel drive Cord in its ultimate 812 supercharged configuration. In addition, this car has the rarest open body type, which is very sought after due to its clean and exquisite style with fully disappearing top, unencumbered by the frivolous ornamentation plastered on so much of its competition at the time.


BILEN DER TILBYDES

Denne smukke Cord er forsynet med den mest sjældne og eftertragtede 810/812 karosseritype, nemlig det elegante topersoners cabriolet karosseri, som fabrikken kaldte Convertible Coupe, men som sidenhen er blevet kendt under betegnelsen Sportsman. Der blev kun produceret 195 Sportsman, og ifølge fabriksarkiverne var blot 64 af disse udstyrede med kompressor, eller supercharged, som det hedder på engelsk.

Denne Cord med chassis 31631F er resultatet af en enorm restaureringsindsats, som strakte sig over hele tre årtier og blev udført af en af de mest respekterede Cord entusiaster, nemlig Henry Portz fra Californien. Chassis 31631F forlod ikke Cord fabrikken i sin nuværende konfiguration, men er blevet skabt og samlet af originale Cord 810/812 dele gennem 30 år. Selve lakken er en original Cord farve.


Selv om den amerikanske Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Club ikke kan anerkende bilen som værende originalt leveret af fabrikken, har den fået lov til at deltage i nationale træf, hvor den anses af eksperter for at være en af de fineste 812 supercharged Sportsman udfra et teknisk synspunkt.

Da bilen kom til Danmark i slutning af 2012, var den påfyldt almindelig kølervæske, som ikke kunne leve op til de lave temperaturer i en dansk vinter, og motoren blev derfor beskadiget. Utroligt nok lykkedes det for Henrik Frederiksen at fremskaffe en genopbygget Cord 812 motor med kompressor. Denne motor sidder i bilen nu. Denne Cord repræsenterer muligheden for at erhverve en fantastisk bil, som bare venter på at blive sluppet løs på den åbne landevej.


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1937 CORD 812 SUPERCHARGED 'SPORTSMAN'  Chassis no. 31631F Engine no. FC2136
1937 CORD 812 SUPERCHARGED 'SPORTSMAN'  Chassis no. 31631F Engine no. FC2136
1937 CORD 812 SUPERCHARGED 'SPORTSMAN'  Chassis no. 31631F Engine no. FC2136
1937 CORD 812 SUPERCHARGED 'SPORTSMAN'  Chassis no. 31631F Engine no. FC2136
1937 CORD 812 SUPERCHARGED 'SPORTSMAN'  Chassis no. 31631F Engine no. FC2136
1937 CORD 812 SUPERCHARGED 'SPORTSMAN'  Chassis no. 31631F Engine no. FC2136
1937 CORD 812 SUPERCHARGED 'SPORTSMAN'  Chassis no. 31631F Engine no. FC2136
1937 CORD 812 SUPERCHARGED 'SPORTSMAN'  Chassis no. 31631F Engine no. FC2136
1937 CORD 812 SUPERCHARGED 'SPORTSMAN'  Chassis no. 31631F Engine no. FC2136
1937 CORD 812 SUPERCHARGED 'SPORTSMAN'  Chassis no. 31631F Engine no. FC2136
1937 CORD 812 SUPERCHARGED 'SPORTSMAN'  Chassis no. 31631F Engine no. FC2136
1937 CORD 812 SUPERCHARGED 'SPORTSMAN'  Chassis no. 31631F Engine no. FC2136
1937 CORD 812 SUPERCHARGED 'SPORTSMAN'  Chassis no. 31631F Engine no. FC2136
1937 CORD 812 SUPERCHARGED 'SPORTSMAN'  Chassis no. 31631F Engine no. FC2136
1937 CORD 812 SUPERCHARGED 'SPORTSMAN'  Chassis no. 31631F Engine no. FC2136
1937 CORD 812 SUPERCHARGED 'SPORTSMAN'  Chassis no. 31631F Engine no. FC2136
1937 CORD 812 SUPERCHARGED 'SPORTSMAN'  Chassis no. 31631F Engine no. FC2136
1937 CORD 812 SUPERCHARGED 'SPORTSMAN'  Chassis no. 31631F Engine no. FC2136
1937 CORD 812 SUPERCHARGED 'SPORTSMAN'  Chassis no. 31631F Engine no. FC2136
1937 CORD 812 SUPERCHARGED 'SPORTSMAN'  Chassis no. 31631F Engine no. FC2136
1937 CORD 812 SUPERCHARGED 'SPORTSMAN'  Chassis no. 31631F Engine no. FC2136
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