Lot 6

2013   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2014

1937 Cord 812 Beverly

SOLD $79,750


$60,000 - $80,000| Without Reserve


1677 S



Car Highlights

Gordon M. Buehrig Stylistic Benchmark
52 Years of Single Ownership Under Prior Owner
ACD Club Category One Certified Original Example
Attractive Older Repaint, Remarkably Original Interior
Pictured in Beverly Rae Kimes’ Definitive The Classic Car
Highly Sporting Beverly Sedan Body, Advanced Design Cues

Technical Specs

289 CID Lycoming L-Head V-8 Engine
Single Stromberg EE15 Duplex Downdraft Carburetor
125 HP at 3,500 RPM
4-Speed Electric Preselector Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Independent Trailing-Arm Front Suspension with Leaf Springs
Live Rear Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs

Saleroom Addendum

Please note this vehicle is titled by its engine number.

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This Car

The sporting Beverly offered here is one of only 1,066 Cord 812s built in 1937 of all body styles. As such, it benefits from the many running improvements made to these groundbreaking carsovertheirtwo-yearproductionrun.Whileits early history remains unknown, the prior owner purchased the Beverly in 1959, meticulously preserved it, and enjoyed the Cord on CCCA- organized touring events until his eventual passing in 2011. Based on a conversation with the late owner’s wife, the vehicle’s indicated mileage reading of approximately 86,000 is believed to be accurate. The exterior was professionally refinished in black during the late 1980s and remains attractive notwithstanding some checking and cracking visible upon closer inspection. Additionally, the interior and trunk compartments retain their rare original materials in remarkably well-preserved condition. Features include a correct pair of amber fog lights, the original winged nose emblem, and the striking Alex Tremulis-designed external exhaust pipes. Of particular note, the Cord has received Category One Original Certification (CertificateN umber 31936) from the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club, a copy of which accompanies the vehicle’s sale at auction.

Following acquisition by the consignor from the previous owner’s estate in 2011, the respected team at Monroe, Washington’s Murray Motor Car was enlisted to rebuild the Cord’s brake cylinders and master cylinder, water pump, and carburetor, along with a cooling-system flush. The Beverly was also fitted with new tires. Since then, the Cord has participated without issue in organized touring events and casual weekend drives.

This car was displayed by invitation at the 2011 edition of the Kirkland Concours d’Elegance and was pictured in Beverly Rae Kimes’definitive book The Classic Car: The Ultimate Book About the World’s Grandest Automobiles. Complete with its ACD Club Category One Certificate and the original air-cleaner assembly, this wonderful 1937 Cord 812 is a highly original and fitting exemplar of these advanced and stylish Classic Era landmarks. Continuing to enjoy an enthusiastic following today and rightly recognized as Full Classics by the CCCA, the 810/812 Cords are remarkably capable, in addition to their cutting-edge design cues and sophisticated engineering. Benefitting from excellent care under the consignor and its prior long-term owner, this highly rare and sporting 812 Beverly will certainly take pride of place in any worthy collection of important automobile designs.

The Cord 810/812

A highly advanced design benchmark executed by Gordon M. Buehrig at the urging of Duesenberg president Gordon T. Ames, the Cord 810/812 remains one of the Classic Era’s crowning achievements. From its distinctive frontal styling and pop-up headlamps to its front-wheel drivetrain, V-8 engine, and Bendix electric preselector transmission, the new Cord boldly and brilliantly heralded the future of automotive design in every respect when it debuted to acclaim at the November 1935 New York Auto Show.