• ACD Club Certified C-443 • History includes 50 years of prior California ownership • Ready to show, drive, and enjoy; true automotive icon • Timeless design tour de force by legendary stylist Gordon Buehrig • Supercharged Lycoming V-8 power and innovative front-wheel drive
Engine No: FC 2284
Serial No: 32047 H
Frame No: 1047
Body No: C91 420
289 cid supercharged Lycoming L-head V-8 engine, 170 HP, four-speed pre-selector manual transmission, front-wheel drive, independent front suspension with dual trailing box-section swing arms and transverse leaf spring, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 125"
Intended to revitalize E.L. Cord’s core Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg operations during the lean Depression era, the 810 reprised his “Baby Duesenberg” concept. Based on an improved front-drive system and a 125-horsepower 289 cubic-inch V-8 engine from Cord subsidiary Lycoming, the 810 overcame the L-29’s limitations with compact packaging and improved traction. Power delivery was achieved with a four-speed transmission operated via the advanced Bendix electric/vacuum preselector system.
The body design of the new Cord continues to stand as a stylistic tour de force today. Penned by Gordon M. Buehrig, with U.S. patents issued to him in 1934 and 1935, the 810 featured a stunning horizontally-louvered “coffin-nose” body with beautifully streamlined “pontoon” front fenders, and retractable headlights. Powered by a Lycoming V-8 engine, the 810 created a sensation at its November 1935 New York Auto Show debut. So much so, that Cord’s factory could not meet demand.
The 1937 Cords, now designated 812, were little changed but now available with supercharging optional. August Duesenberg adapted a Schwitzer-Cummins centrifugal supercharger for the Lycoming V-8, supported by careful updates. Power output grew to nearly 200 horsepower; however, the factory applied a conservative 170 horsepower rating. Beautifully flowing chrome exhaust pipes are believed the design work of Alex Tremulis. Whether naturally aspirated or supercharged, the cars were very strong performers for the era. During September 1937, a Cord driven by Ab Jenkins set 35 AAA-certified stock-car records at Bonneville, including 24 hours at 101.72 mph – including pit stops!
Handsomely finished in black, this captivating 1937 Cord 812 SC Phaeton was certified by the ACD Club (Number C-443) in 2014, attesting to its history, authenticity, and originality. It carries a proper color top and piping as approved by ACD experts and advisors. The interior is finished in beautiful pleated red leather, complemented by tasteful bright trim and an engine-turned dash panel. Powered by proper supercharged, 289 cubic-inch Lycoming V-8 with a robust 170-horsepower factory rating. The innovative Front-Drive Cord also provides a very spacious passenger compartment without the intrusion of a transmission or driveshaft tunnel. The two-door, four-passenger Phaeton body style is highly versatile with its rear-hinged doors providing ease of entry and exit. In addition to its beauty and innovative design, this 1937 Cord 812 SC is equipped with a Marvel lubrication system mounted on the firewall, which fascinated the ACD Club experts when the car was examined for certification. This system was reportedly fitted to several Cord 812s in period, but none had yet turned up until this example was inspected in 2014. Beautifully presented, this 1937 Cord 812 SC clearly benefits from 50 years of prior ownership with the same family in California and just prior to acquisition by Mr. Monical, it was given a cosmetic, electrical, and mechanical refurbishment, maintaining the excellent condition and preservation of this historic automobile.
The Cord 810/812 remains a fascinating and important study of design and engineering excellence that has been celebrated since it was first produced during the 1930s, including the world-famous ‘8 Automobiles’ exhibit held during 1951 at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the 1995 ‘Moving Beauty’ show at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and many more high-profile curated exhibits. Designated as a Full Classic™ automobile by the CCCA, the Cord 810/812 models are remarkably advanced and capable cars to drive in addition to their striking design cues and sophisticated engineering. Benefiting from careful maintenance and half a century of single-family prior ownership in California, followed by the care of Mr. Monical, this certified example remains exemplary.
1937 Cord 812 SC Phaeton
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