1936 Cord 810 PhaetonSOLD

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To be sold at the Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auctions on August 18 and 19, 2012. For further details please visit www.goodingco.com or contact a vehicle specialist at 001.310.899.1960 or specialist@goodingco.com. Engine Specifications: 289 CID Lycoming V-8 Engine FE15 Stromberg Carburetors 125 HP 4-Speed Pre-Select Electric Transmission 4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes Independent Front Suspension Live Rear Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs About this Car: This breathtaking Cord 810 was the 21st chassis to roll out of the factory in 1936. Gordon Buehrig, renowned automobile designer, fashioned the prototype Cord 810 out of clay – a new concept at that time – and concentrated on an aerodynamic, fluid form that was the quintessential culmination of Art Deco design. When the car was presented at the New York Auto Show in 1935 with its racy wraparound grille, elegant sweeping lines and recessed headlights, it caused a sensation. Pre-production orders rolled in, not solely because of its stunning aesthetics, but also because it represented several new mechanical innovations. One of the first front-wheel-drive automobiles of its day, the Cord was a forerunner of the low, streamlined luxury cars of the 21st century. Its unique transmission – a four-speed pre-select electric shift married to an independent suspension system – facilitated ultra-responsive handling despite its impressively powerful V-8 engine, which could cruise comfortably at 80 mph but could also produce 125 hp and top speeds of 110 mph. The convertible top folds flush into the body and is fully enclosed by a metal boot, a precursor to today’s luxury convertible models. The car was also designed with fully retractable headlights and recessed door hinges to enhance the vehicle’s sculptured appearance and maintain its aerodynamic lines. This stunning Cord 810 is presented in elegant Palm Beach Tan with red leather interior and black convertible top, featuring matching red piping. It is one of only 1,764 automobiles built by Cord in 1936, rendering it quite rare. Although little is known of its original owners, it is documented by the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club that the Elmendort family owned the car in 1962. In 1989 George Gallo, a master craftsman and auto restorer in Elma, New York, purchased it with the sole intent of restoring the automobile to its former glory. The frame-off, meticulous restoration took six years to complete; armed with shop drawings, factory specifications and service manuals, every detail was rendered perfect and authentic. In 1995, Mr. Gallo won the Best Owner Award from the ACD Club in Auburn, Indiana, and the following year he fulfilled his dream and took the much-coveted Gordon Buehrig Award for the Best 810–812 Cord. In August 1997, Mr. Gallo received the ACD Club certificate of originality and in 2004 the car went on to win First Place in the AACA Grand National Meet in Buffalo, New York. When Mr. Gallo spoke of retiring at an ACD meet in 2006, his friend and fellow Cord enthusiast approached him about selling his beloved Cord, which had only 220 post- restoration miles on the dial. Mr. Gallo agreed, and the new owner has cherished this unique 1936 Cord 810 ever since, adding about 125 miles a year to the odometer and always ensuring it was maintained in peak mechanical and show condition. The car comes with trophies, shop manuals, ACD certificate of originality and a photographic record of the restoration. This magnificent example of Art Deco style coupled with fabulous power and agility make this Cord 810 a perfect addition to any classic car enthusiast’s collection, whether it be as an investment or a work of automotive art.

Reference Number 185879

as of 7/30/2012

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Car 1936 Cord 810 Phaeton
VIN 1975H 
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