1937 Cord Model 812 SC SportsmanSOLD

RM Auction - Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island - March 10, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $200,000 - $250,000

$225,500 Sold

185hp, 269 cu. in. L-head V8 with centrifugal supercharger, front wheel drive, four-speed preselector manual transmission, independent front suspension with rear semi-elliptic leaf springs and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 125"

In 1929, E. L. Cord introducing the front wheel drive Auburn-derived automobile he named after himself. The Cord Front Drive, now commonly known as the L29, had a highly distinctive and sporting appearance, while offering outstanding performance for its price.

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. Despite the original plans, it was decided that the car would not be a junior Duesenberg but rather would resurrect the Cord brand. They called this car 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-nosed, retractable headlight design would create a sensation at the time, and set a standard of automotive beauty by which cars are still judged today.

The 1937 Cords, designated 812, were little changed from 1936 models except for the supercharged engine option. Cord ’ s experience with Duesenberg, another of the Cord companies, and his ownership of Lycoming 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 between 185 and 195 horsepower. The chromed outside exhaust pipes gave external identification.

The 1937 Cord 812 SC presented here in a deep shade of burgundy is a very special Sportsman. It is one of only three examples made by Cord with a removable hard top and is the only 812 in the world that features a removable hard top finished in leather. With standard rollup windows and the hard top in place, the 812 offers full protection and insulation from the elements. In the summertime, with the hard top removed, the car (aside from the hard top mounts and the rollup windows) is indistinguishable from other 812 Sportsmans. Should the weather change unexpectedly, the regular Sportsman soft top is ready to be deployed.

This one of a kind Cord 812 SC remains today in impressive condition throughout. It is guaranteed to satisfy the Cord enthusiast who wants a supercharged example unlike any other.

Reference Number 7277

as of 2/19/2007

Car 1937 Cord Model 812 SC Sportsman
VIN 32463C0RD 
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