• Well-preserved with very nice interior
• Reported to run and drive well
• Preserve and enjoy or restore and show
• CCCA Full Classic® with iconic design
289 cid Lycoming L-head V-8 engine, 125 HP, four-speed transmission with Bendix pre-selector, front suspension via trailing arms and transverse leaf spring, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 125"
Envisioned as the “Baby Duesenberg” and produced only for 1936 and 1937 before the ultimate demise of E.L. Cord’s automotive and industrial empire, the Cord 810/812 series remains an undisputed collector favorite today. Repositioned within the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg product range as the successor to the groundbreaking front-drive Cord L-29, the new 810/812 epitomized Cord’s proven formula combining great styling and engineering prowess at a reasonable price.
Fitted with an improved front-wheel drivetrain, the long and low chassis for the 810 was powered by a V-8 engine sourced from Lycoming Motors, mated to a four-speed transmission featuring the Bendix electrically-operated pre-selector gearshift system. The dramatic body was penned by former Duesenberg chief stylist Gordon M. Buehrig, who was hired back from GM in September 1933 by Harold T. Ames, President of Duesenberg, Inc. Drawing from his designs which were rejected by Harley Earl at GM, Buehrig produced a masterpiece including a horizontally-louvered “coffin” hood, retractable headlights, pontoon-style front fenders, and the elimination of old-fashioned running boards.
The 810’s reception at the November 1935 New York Auto Show was enthusiastic and orders poured in. Four very attractive body styles were initially offered, including two sporting sedans, the Beverly and Westchester, and two open cars, a two-passenger Convertible Coupe and the two-door, five-passenger Convertible Phaeton Sedan. However, production started slowly with the first Cord 810s assembled and delivered to Auburn dealers in February 1936. By the time supply finally caught up with demand, some customers had changed their minds. The 810 returned for 1937, and a new supercharged engine option, developed by Augie Duesenberg, was now available. Only an approximate 3,000 examples of the Cord 810 and 812 were produced in all and all survivors are rightly recognized as CCCA Full Classic® automobiles.
This 1936 Cord 810 Beverly Sedan was originally finished in maroon and repainted once in cream many years ago. It was acquired by Bobby Monical during 2011 from the estate of Glenn Pray, the late owner of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Company. The interior appears to be original and remains in remarkably good condition with only the rear armrests being restored about a year ago. Bobby Monical reports that this 1936 Cord 810 Beverly runs and drives well. Accordingly, this very nicely preserved example offers the option for the next owner to preserve and enjoy it as it is, or to restore it to show-quality standard as desired.
1936 Cord 810 Beverly Sedan
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