1937 Cord 812 Phaeton
The Cord 810/812 is one of the most recognizable Icons of the Automotive World. Arguably the most beautiful production car of all time, the car was light years ahead of its time. When unveiled at the 1935 New York Auto Show, its arrival was akin to a spaceship landing in the middle of the show floor. People actually stood on top of other cars inorder to get a glimpse of the Cord.
They were rushed to production partially do to the large number of orders taken at that show. Only in production for 2 years, about 2500 Cords left the Factory. Over 2/3 of those were closed cars, so the rarity of this car is without question. Several improvements were necessitated in the 37 Model year so 37's are generally considered the year to buy if you have a choice.
Chassis 1814H, Engine FB791. Lycoming V8, rated 125 horsepower, Front Wheel drive. Designed by Gordon Buehrig. Black with burgundy leather interior. The First car with Concealed headlights. Very rare with 404 total production. Everything works but Startex and radio. Personally I like the standard cars like this one better than the Supercharged cars with the outside exhaust. The clean lines of the hood fence really set off the lines of the car to me.
The car features a Four speed preselect gearbox with fingertip control, which automatically shifts when clutch is depressed.
Like new tan Haartz cloth top is totally concealed under metal cover, The Cord was the first car to have a fully disappearing top.
There is nothing like the dash board of a Cord with its engine turned faceplate and airline style layout.
As you can see the interior is in excellent condition with no rips tears or flaws anywhere.
This shot gives you a better idea of the stunning color combination we have going here. This is a great example. I have always felt that darker colors work well on Cords, since it hides the seams in the body for door edges and the like which are excentuated on lighter colored cars. The car appears more of a whole design wise.
With its powerful Lycoming V8 the Cord is probably one of the fastest Pre-War cars. They have a top speed of well over 100 MPH. Cords are probably the most drivable Pre War car there is. I never had any trouble keeping up in modern traffic, in fact it was not uncommon for me to beat most everyone off the line. The handling and ride in a Cord is pretty amazing as well.
Everything is correct here and the car has the optional chromed Wire Looms and Water Jackets.
This particular car has been in the same collectors stable for over 20 years. It has covered just 57,000 miles since new and is a driven car with no known mechanical problems. It runs, drives, and shifts smoothly. Here is a car you can get behind the wheel of and tear down the road with wild abandon. This is a great deal here, the owner just wants the car to go to a good home, he isn't trying to set a new sales record or emulate the prices people supposedly are paying for these cars in Scottsdale.
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