1930 Cord L-29 Cabriolet in Excellent Running and Driving Condition
The Cord L-29 was introduced in August 1929 as a 1929 model. It was the first production automobile with front-wheel drive and was made to fill the gap between the low-priced Auburn and the top-of-the-mark Duesenberg in the Cord Corporation line of cars. The Cord sedan and brougham were priced at $3,095 each, and the cabriolet and phaeton were $3,295.
The L-29 also was the first among American automobiles with the “X” braced frame, designed by Herbert C. Snow. Project engineer Cornelius W. Van Ranst designed the new front-wheel drive system around the units in the successful Indianapolis 500 racecars. Harry Miller and Indianapolis driver Leon Duray served as consultants on the project. Alan H. Leamy was the chief stylist. Cord claimed advantages in safety, easy handling, comfort, and durability. Plus, front-wheel drive provided a lower body silhouette, allowing a distinctive and pleasing front end appearance that appealed to coachbuilders.
The L-29 was available in four models: a Convertible Cabriolet with rumble seat, four-door convertible Phaeton Sedan, five-passenger Sedan, and the five-passenger Brougham. All four models sported a stylish cadet-type visor. The Cabriolet and the Phaeton Sedan stood only 58 inches high, some 12 inches lower than their competitors. They are known for their long, low, racy lines. Their narrow corner posts provided a clear field of vision. The V-shaped radiator grille would inspire a throng of imitators, most notably the 1931 Chrysler Imperial.
The L-29 regularly won prizes in the European Concours d'Elegance, which was quite an accomplishment for an American Manufacturer. A Cord L-29 Cabriolet was also the pace car for the 1930 Indianapolis 500 mile race.
Unfortunately, the Cord L-29, which was the first automobile to bear Errett Lobban Cord's name, was introduced only two months before the stock market crash in October 1929. Although praised for its quality, sales didn't reflect its popularity. The L-29 was built from 1929 – 1931 with only 5,010 units produced.
This Very Nice Cord L29 Cabriolet is in Excellent Running and Driving Condition having just had the Brake, Cooling, and Fuel Systems recommissioned as well as having the Wheels restored and New Tires installed. Selective Paint work and replating was performed as well, so while the cosmetics are older on the car the car appears very crisp and fresh as well.
This car represents a rare opportunity to acquire one of the most beautiful cars from the Classic Era- a ground breaking car-that is eligible for the most demanding Concours and numerous Club events and tours.