<b>1936 Cord 812 Westchester Fastback Sedan</b><br />Chassis no. 812 31874 A<br />Engine no. FB375 &#8211; see text

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Lot 119
1936 Cord 812 Westchester Fastback Sedan

Sold for US$ 49,280 inc. premium
1936 Cord 812 Westchester Fastback Sedan
Chassis no. 812 31874 A
Engine no. FB375 – see text

289ci Lycoming flathead V8 engine
Single FE15 Stromberg Carburetor (see text)
125bhp at 3,500rpm
4-Speed Bendix Finger-Tip Gear Control Pre-Selector Electric Manual Transmission
Independent Front Suspension and Live Rear Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
Four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes

*Formerly owned by noted collectors, Ken Kangas and Grant White
*One of only 81 cars originally supplied in Supercharged form
*Timeless, Gordon Buehrig Fastback design
*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 shows. The work of a team headed by Duesenberg designer Gordon Buehrig, the 810 body style with the louvered 'coffin' nose, the 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.

A front-wheel-drive car like the L29, the 810 differed from its predecessor by virtue of its more compact Lycoming V8 engine and Bendix four-speed, pre-selector gearbox. Set further back in the chassis, the former endowed the 810 with better balance and came with 125bhp in standard trim or 170bhp when supercharged.

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 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 MOTORCAR OFFERED

This example of the ever-stylish statement made by Cord, is presented in the factory color scheme of Geneva Blue, a more subtle hue than the more numerous Cigarette Cream that one might associate with the marque. The benefit of this choice is that the contrast with its chrome accents is far greater, and the swept fastback body has a more sporting line. That color is tastefully matched to its interior which is trimmed in blue cloth and for the most part is the original fabric, giving it an appealing patina.

According to the respected marque reference work Cord Complete by Josh B. Malks this car was originally fitted with engine no. FC2595, denoting the fact that when first delivered it carried a supercharged engine, in being so ordered it represents one of only 81 of 1309 as listed in the statistics section of that book compiled by Don Butler, Car Distribution Manager for the Auburn Automobile Company. Later in its life that original supercharged unit was replaced with a stock unit which it retains to this day.

Its 80 year lifespan included a long period in the custody of known Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club member Ken Kangas, of Huntsberg, Ohio and more recently with noted collector Grant White, of Salt Lake City, Utah, where it would have shared the stable with the ex- Gustav Eisenmann 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 sold by Bonhams last year. In Mr. White's ownership it is understood that the brakes were rebuilt, new heads and exhaust fitted and the cooling system overhauled with its water pump rebuilt and radiator flushed. The mileage recorded on its odometer is in the early 50,000s and based on the condition of the interior it is thought that this may well be from new.

In more recent times, the car has resided with further Classic Car enthusiasts and continued to be enjoyed as it has the propensity to do, on CCCA CARavans, ACD Club events, or simply to use on the road and appreciate its Art Deco rolling sculpture looks.

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<b>1936 Cord 812 Westchester Fastback Sedan</b><br />Chassis no. 812 31874 A<br />Engine no. FB375 &#8211; see text
<b>1936 Cord 812 Westchester Fastback Sedan</b><br />Chassis no. 812 31874 A<br />Engine no. FB375 &#8211; see text
<b>1936 Cord 812 Westchester Fastback Sedan</b><br />Chassis no. 812 31874 A<br />Engine no. FB375 &#8211; see text
<b>1936 Cord 812 Westchester Fastback Sedan</b><br />Chassis no. 812 31874 A<br />Engine no. FB375 &#8211; see text
<b>1936 Cord 812 Westchester Fastback Sedan</b><br />Chassis no. 812 31874 A<br />Engine no. FB375 &#8211; see text
<b>1936 Cord 812 Westchester Fastback Sedan</b><br />Chassis no. 812 31874 A<br />Engine no. FB375 &#8211; see text
<b>1936 Cord 812 Westchester Fastback Sedan</b><br />Chassis no. 812 31874 A<br />Engine no. FB375 &#8211; see text
<b>1936 Cord 812 Westchester Fastback Sedan</b><br />Chassis no. 812 31874 A<br />Engine no. FB375 &#8211; see text
<b>1936 Cord 812 Westchester Fastback Sedan</b><br />Chassis no. 812 31874 A<br />Engine no. FB375 &#8211; see text
<b>1936 Cord 812 Westchester Fastback Sedan</b><br />Chassis no. 812 31874 A<br />Engine no. FB375 &#8211; see text
<b>1936 Cord 812 Westchester Fastback Sedan</b><br />Chassis no. 812 31874 A<br />Engine no. FB375 &#8211; see text
<b>1936 Cord 812 Westchester Fastback Sedan</b><br />Chassis no. 812 31874 A<br />Engine no. FB375 &#8211; see text
<b>1936 Cord 812 Westchester Fastback Sedan</b><br />Chassis no. 812 31874 A<br />Engine no. FB375 &#8211; see text
<b>1936 Cord 812 Westchester Fastback Sedan</b><br />Chassis no. 812 31874 A<br />Engine no. FB375 &#8211; see text
<b>1936 Cord 812 Westchester Fastback Sedan</b><br />Chassis no. 812 31874 A<br />Engine no. FB375 &#8211; see text
<b>1936 Cord 812 Westchester Fastback Sedan</b><br />Chassis no. 812 31874 A<br />Engine no. FB375 &#8211; see text
<b>1936 Cord 812 Westchester Fastback Sedan</b><br />Chassis no. 812 31874 A<br />Engine no. FB375 &#8211; see text
<b>1936 Cord 812 Westchester Fastback Sedan</b><br />Chassis no. 812 31874 A<br />Engine no. FB375 &#8211; see text
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