1937 Cord 812
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He introduced the front-wheel drive Auburn in 1929, commonly known as the L29. The stock market crash in the early 1930s brought the luxury car market to a standstill; to combat this recession E. L. Cord commissioned Gordon Buehrig to create a baby Duesenberg. The result was a medium-priced, front-wheel drive car which ultimately led to the Model 810 in 1936. The car brought with it style and performance at a reasonable price. The car featured a coffin-nose and retractable headlights. The car was powered by a Lycoming V8 engine and was introduced at the 1935 New York Auto Show.
The Supercharged Phaetons were highly sought after, even by the noteworthy individuals of the period, including Frank Llyod Wright, Gary Cooper, and Clark Gable. There were a total of 610 Phaeton cars created and less than 200 were supercharged.
This example is finished in a Cigarette cream color and is powered by an L-head V8 engine with a Schwitzer-Cummins centrifugal supercharger. The engine displaces 288 cubic-inches and is capable of producing 190 horsepower. There is a four-speed preselector manual gearbox with four-wheel hydraulic brakes. The interior is finished in black. This car was treated to a complete nut-and-bolt restoration and is in superb condition.
This car was offered for sale at the 2007 RM Auctions held at Meadow Brook where it was estimated to sell between $150,000 - $200,000. As the bidding came to a close, a new owner was found with a high bid of $176,000.
By Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2007
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