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  • 1937 Cord 812 Beverly

    $69,500(£53,904.20) $69,500(£53,904.20)

    At first glance, the Cord 810/812 may not seem like a car born of the Great Depression. But during those anxious years, high end manufacturers were struggling to sell extravagant machines, as even the most wealthy of buyers shied away from flaunting their status quite as openly in public. Many manufacturers resorted to developing lower priced models to make up sales. Packard developed the Junior series, Lincoln added the Zephyr line and GM introduced LaSalle to fit between Buick and Cadillac. Even Duesenberg wasn’t immune to the pressure and work was begun on a “baby” Duesenberg that could help pick up sagging sales. Partially through its development, the baby Duesenberg idea was dropped, as it was thought it could tarnish the illustrious brand. But E.L. Cord, the man in charge of Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg, saw great potential in the design and pressed forward to produce it as an all-new model for his revived Cord brand. The Cord L-29 had been out of production for some time, and E.L. saw this as an opportunity to revive the brand that bore his name. Development of the new car forged ahead and the Cord 810/812 was realized by 1936. In spite of its “entry level” roots, technical boundaries were pushed to the limits. Drawing inspiration from the innovative Citroen Traction Avant, Cord designer Gordon Buehrig gave the 810 a semi-monocoque chassis, and it was the first American car with both front wheel drive and independent front suspension. Motivation was courtesy of a Lycoming V8 engine (Lycoming being part of E.L. Cord’s industrial empire) and a solenoid actuated pre-selector transmission. Of course the most distinguishing feature of the 810/812 was its Gordon Buehrig-penned bodywork. The front end featured curvaceous fenders with hidden headlights – a first for any production car. Rather than a traditional radiator shell, the Cord’s radiator was hidden behind a sleek and unorthodox wraparound grille and a uniquely shaped hood, which earned it the nickname “Coffin Nose”. Fully extended doors, no running boards and a sleek, minimally adorned body gave the 810 its distinct appearance. Nearly 80 years later, the Cord 810/812 is still considered to be one of the greatest American car designs in history. As the 810 evolved into the 812 for 1937, some models gained a supercharger, while others remained naturally aspirated. Several body styles were available, from four-door sedans to the open-air phaeton. In fact, several four door versions were available with different designations depending on wheelbase, equipment and body fitments. At the “entry level” lay the Westchester, followed by the Beverly, Custom Beverly and range-topping Berline, the latter two riding on an extended wheelbase. The most distinguishing feature between the Westchester and Beverly was the addition of a “bustle” trunk on the on the Beverly. It also offered more luxurious trappings inside, with additional trim and equipment. The Beverly rode on a 125” wheelbase and shared the same 288 cubic inch Lycoming V8 and sophisticated preselect transmission with the rest of the model range. This fine 1937 Cord 812 Beverly Sedan is an attractive, usable example of one of the most iconic American automobiles of all time. Coming out of recent long-term ownership, it wears an older restoration that has been well-maintained and presents in very good order, showing some light patina in areas, remaining mechanically and cosmetically very sound. It is finished in Palm Beach Tan, with very good paintwork applied over straight and properly aligned panels with excellent, consistent gaps. During a time when cars were defined by their prominent chrome radiator shells and trim, Gordon Buehrig eschewed the flash in favor of a subtle, measured design with limited chrome adornment. That said, bumpers, wheel covers and door handles provided some subtle flash, all of which appear in very good order on this example. The bumpers, wearing original overriders, are straight and tidy with good quality plating and detail. A pair of period-correct Cord fog lamps is fitted to the front apron and the original polished stone guards remain in good order on the rear fenders. The interior presents in very good order, again, well detailed and tidy though showing some patina from use since the restoration was completed. Plum-colored upholstery piped in off white complements the Palm Beach Tan body color quite well. The seats, door panels and headlining remain in very good condition with quality trim accented with very good chrome fittings and hardware. Cord’s signature instrument panel is beautifully presented with its aeronautic-style engine-turned fascia and an array of dials keeping the driver informed of underhood matters. A very cool period Motorola heater is fitted, presumably from new. The 288 cubic inch Lycoming V8 engine and undercarriage are tidy, appearing sorted and well-maintained. The specification and condition of this 812 Beverly should lend it very well to touring, and thanks to the Cord 810/812’s recognition as a CCCA Full Classic, it is eligible for CARavan touring and is well suited to regular enjoyment. The Cord 812 is an icon of American design and this is a good quality, usable example that has benefitted from long term ownership and care.

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  • 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton

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    (SOLD) This very rare and original Cord Phaeton convertible has a lovely air of patina throughout. It has resided in a museum collection for many years and is eligible to become part of the ACD Club. It has had a recent service, and is being made road worthy currently. This Cord is a very solid, and presentable car as it stands. It comes with the sleek sensational coffin-nose styling, a 4-speed electrically-selected semi-automatic transmission, cranks below dash for raising headlights, fog lights, chromed stone guards on rear fenders, chromed full wheel covers with wide whitewall tires and an engine-turned instrument panel with 120 MPH speedometer, fuel, temperature, oil, amp gauges, tach and clock. The Phaeton was originally conceived by Duesenberg president Harold T. Ames as a new baby Duesenberg. This would be a great car for someone who is looking to add a very sought after Cord to their collection. It can be kept as is with the originality preserved, or restored to its former showroom days and made a great show contender.

    • Year: 1937
    • Mileage: 59030 mi
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  • 1937 Cord 812 Sportsman Replica Convertible

    $98,500(£76,396.60) $98,500(£76,396.60)

    Gordon Beuhrig’s Cord 812 is one of the most recognizable and iconic American automobiles of the classic era. The 810 and 812 were devised by E.L. Cord as a replacement for the revolutionary, front-wheel drive L29 which ended production in 1932. The four-year gap between the L29 and 810 allowed Cord to take a radical approach with his new car. For the styling, Cord employed Gordon Buehrig, the man responsible for designing such cars as the Auburn 851 Boat-Tail speedster and the Duesenberg Model J. Buehrig later went on to work for Ford Motor Company where he was responsible for such greats as the 1951 Victoria Coupe and 1956 Continental MkII. While the Cord L-29 was a beautiful car in its own right, the new 812 was on an entirely different level. Buehrig was essentially given free-reign to design the car and he made radical decisions such as the elimination of the traditional grille and running boards, and of course those signature hide-away headlights fitted in the voluptuous sculpted front fenders. The Art-Deco styled body featured sweeping curves and was notably clean and free of excessive chrome trim. Front wheel drive combined with independent front suspension (a first for any American car) allowed for a low body height thereby allowing Buehrig eliminate running boards. Power was courtesy of the proven Lycoming V8 mated to a pre-selector transmission. The car caused such a sensation when it debuted at the New York Auto Show in 1935 that orders came pouring in, however delays in production tempered excitement and sales struggled once the car hit the market in 1936. For 1937, the 810 was updated to the 812. Some 812s gained a supercharger while some were renumbered and updated 1936 810’s. The Cord 810/812 was perhaps too far ahead of its time, and early reliability issues certainly held it back from greater success, but there is no denying the fact that it is one of the most individual, revolutionary and iconic American designs of all time. With imitation being the sincerest form of flattery, many have tried and failed to capture the magic of the brilliant original. However, this fantastic Cord tribute built in 1994 is a highly accurate and authentic re-creation of the iconic 812 Sportsman. It is very attractive, finished in lovely medium gray over dark blue leather and riding on authentic wheels and wide-whitewall tires. It shows a mere 6,860 miles and presents in excellent condition, with very high quality fit, finish and detailing. Shutlines are precise and consistent and it is detailed with accurately designed chrome bumpers and trim.  Even the signature pop-up headlights are operated via a crank, just like the original. Inside the cabin, more excellent detailing can be found. The large seats are trimmed in high quality blue leather, which is repeated on the door panels. The dash is dominated by the large engine-turned alloy instrument panel which houses an array of lovely Stewart Warner gauges. Switches for lights and wipers mimic those of the original cars and a late model steering column is fitted, though painted body color to blend it in and maintain the spirit of the original. A high quality Stayfast canvas convertible top fits well when in place, and stows behind the seats beneath a hard tonneau when folded – as per the original Sportsman design. Power comes from a GM V8 engine that sends drives the rear wheels. The engine bay is very clean and well detailed, evidence that the ultra-low miles are genuine. Modern conveniences include power steering, automatic transmission, power brakes and air conditioning, to keep the driving experience pleasant and easy. This example’s excellent quality and accuracy make it a fine choice for a Cord enthusiast who would like to enjoy all the style and panache of the Gordon Buehrig original but in a package that is usable, easily serviced and comfortable to drive. It also costs a fraction of a genuine sportsman, making it an attractive alternative for Cord fans who would like to drive a classic 812 but without the worry. Over the years, many have built tributes to the original Cord 812, most of which were woefully styled and constructed. This example on the other hand, is a near exact copy of the original body, faithfully reproduced to a high standard, finely built and beautifully finished.

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