Lot 77

2016   |   Amelia Island Auctions 2016

1937 Cord 812 Custom Roadster

SOLD $48,400


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



Car Highlights

Proceeds from this Sale Are Intended to Benefit the Crawford Auto Aviation Collection
Original Engine and Front Wheel Drive Unit
Unique All-Steel Roadster Configuration
A Particularly Striking Example of a 1930s Classic
Impressive Overall Condition

Technical Specs

289 CID Lycoming L-Head V-8 Engine
Single Stromberg EE15 Duplex Downdraft Carburetor
4-Speed Electric Preselector Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Independent Trailing-Arm Front Suspension with Leaf Springs
Solid Rear Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
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It is hard to overstate the visual impact the Cord 810 had at its launch in 1936. The revolutionary front wheel drive configuration permitted a low, ground-hugging stance bereft of running boards. The headlights were hidden in the fenders. Gone too was the grille shell, the cornerstone of identity for other marques; it was replaced by the coffin nose, the perfect expression of the Art Deco age.

One of the last Cords produced, 2031A was originally a non-supercharged Westchester sedan, a genuine 1937 model. By 1970, 2031A had been modified with a steel roadster body, a Cord convertible windshield, and external exhausts. This work was executed to the highest standards, and the result is truly a unique example of one of the very best cars of the Olympian interwar era.

This sterling Cord retains its original engine and front wheel drive unit. It has been featured in two articles in the Auburn Cord Duesenberg newsletter, and is offered following 15 years with its current keeper.

An arresting color combination, unique modifications, and striking styling set this Cord apart, and make it well worth careful scrutiny today. Proceeds from the sale of this unique Cord are intended to benefit the Western Reserve Historical Society and its Crawford Auto Aviation Collection.