Lot 149-1937 Cord 812 Phaeton


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Three time Senior First Place and “Tom Mix” awards winner for best Cord at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg West Coast Meet and  First Place in 2002 in Carolina at the Antique Auto Club of America.

Original 289ci Lycoming Flathead V8 Engine

Single Stromberg Carburetor

125bhp at 3,500rpm

4-Speed Pre-Selector

Electric Manual Transmission

Independent Front Suspension-

Live Rear Axle

4-Wheel Drum Brakes

 

*Three time senior first place award winner at ACD

*Documented 812 Phaeton

*Well preserved older restoration in wonderful colors

*Sophisticated pre-selector transmission

*CCCA Full Classic

On lookers reportedly stood on the roofs one of other cars just to catch a glimpse of Gordon Buehrig’s stunningly advanced “new, original, and ornamental design for an automobile,” with its aerodynamic “coffin nose” louvered hood lacking a traditional radiator shell; its “step-down” floor; its unitary body construction; its hidden door hinges; its pop-up headlamps; and its total lack of running boards.

Underneath was no less innovative, with a Lycoming V-8 running the front wheels through a four-speed, electrically shifted pre-selector transmission, which was operated by a “key” off the steering column; essentially, it was an H-pattern gearshift in miniature.

Today the Cord has since gone down in history as one of the most beautiful automobiles of its time, being regularly displayed in art museums as what Buehrig referred to as “rolling sculpture.” Its restoration is well maintained and very attractive, with the finishes under the hood appearing largely authentic, and the top, hard to get “right” on these cars, properly stitched and fitted. Accessory Cord driving lights and a Cord Delco radio are fitted. This is a lovely, well-kept example of a truly iconic design. It has been recently serviced and looks forward to a new enthusiast owner