1937 Cord Model 812 SC Phaeton SOLD

RM Vintage Motorcars in Arizona - Biltmore Resort & Spa, Friday January 19, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $140,000 - $160,000

$154,000 Sold

190hp, 288 cu. in. L-head V8 with a Schwitzer-Cummins centrifugal supercharger, front wheel drive, four-speed preselector manual transmission, independent front suspension with rear semi-elliptic leaf springs and four-wheel hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 125"

Shortly after the introduction of the L29, the stock market crashed and with it the market for the second Cord project – the Baby Duesenberg. The project would stay dormant for five years, patiently waiting for the worst of the Depression to pass. The wait would end in 1936 when distinctive styling, penned by the legendary Gordon Buehrig, provided the basis for a new medium priced front-wheel drive car from Cord, the 810.

The 810 was intended to restore Cord ’ s auto manufacturing operations to prosperity using the proven formula: styling, performance and a reasonable price. The result: Gordon Buehrig ’ s clean and unadorned coffin-nose and retractable headlight design would create a sensation at the time, setting a standard of automotive beauty by which cars are still judged today.

The 1937 Cords, designated 812, were little changed from the 1936 models. Cord ’ s experience with Duesenberg, another of the Cord companies, made it relatively simple for them to add a Schwitzer-Cummins centrifugal supercharger that provided a maximum of 6psi boost and increased the Lycoming V8 ’ s power to 190 horsepower. Optional on any of the 812 ’ s body styles, the chromed outside exhaust pipes gave the supercharged Cord unmistakable external identification.

One of the most attractive and desirable variants of the 810/812 was the phaeton, a unique four-passenger convertible which featured a top that, when down, was totally concealed. With the top up, Cord ’ s phaeton did not hide the rear passengers like other convertibles did, making the car much more pleasant for those seated in the rear.

The Cord 812 remains one of the most significant vehicles in the history of automotive design. Its combination of charisma, fresh styling, and innovative engineering makes it one of the most desirable, practical and drivable cars of the classic era.

The 1937 Cord 812 SC Phaeton presented here is finished in blue with a gray interior and has resided in Reno, Nevada for the last 28 years. The 812 SC Phaeton was treated to a complete restoration with the aim of achieving a remarkable level of authenticity. Especially rare among 810 and 812s, this car still retains its original matching numbers engine and transmission. The vendor reports that this vehicle, with its Schwitzer-Cummins centrifugal supercharger, drives exceptionally well and that the pre-selector transmission works flawlessly. Simply breathtaking, this car will undoubtedly please any fan of the marque.

Reference Number 5823

as of 1/10/2007

Car 1937 Cord Model 812 SC Phaeton
VIN FC2144 
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