1937 Cord Model 812 SC PhaetonSOLD

RM Auctions - The Ponder Collection - Texas - April 20-21st, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $175,000 - $225,000


$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 1937 Cord 812 SC Phaeton presented here completed a frame-off restoration in the mid nineties and shortly after was awarded an ACD badge and an AACA National First Prize badge. In addition to those awards, the phaeton wears a porcelain license plate commemorating its participation in the 1997 Eastern United States Concours d’Elegance.

Finished in cream with a red leather interior, the 812 SC has hardly aged since its concours days. The odometer reads a mere 139 miles, which is the total mileage accumulated since the Cord completed its restoration. The engine is very clean and well presented, however, the stone guards and underbody show some evidence of road use. Complimenting the quality of the restoration, the Phaeton is elegantly equipped with a pair of correct accessory driving lights, chrome wheel covers and wide whitewall tires.

The Cord 812 SC Phaeton 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.

Reference Number 7603

as of 2/27/2007

Car 1937 Cord Model 812 SC Phaeton
VIN 81231834H 
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