1937 Cord Model 812 SC PhaetonSOLD
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Estimate: $200,000-$250,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $297,000

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 that 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 black with a saddle brown leather interior and a tan cloth top. The car was added to the McMullen Collection in 1996 and shortly after it began a complete concours quality restoration. Upon completion, the Phaeton was campaigned at the renowned Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance in 2000 where it was awarded with a First in Class.

Having been routinely maintained and properly stored in a climate-controlled environment, the Cord is not only a fine running example but the quality of the restoration remains at a competitive show quality level. This is was attested in 2006 when the 812 SC Phaeton was awarded a special award at the Eyes on Design Automotive Experience in Detroit, Michigan. Having never been shown at an ACD or AACA event, this Cord’s show career could potentially be far from over; however, that decision is one that will have to be made by its next lucky owner.

Reference Number 8667

as of 4/17/2007

Car 1937 Cord Model 812 SC Phaeton
VIN SC81232013H 
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