This vehicle is known as the E-1 and was the prototype for the vehicle that was to replace the Cord L-29. When E.L. Cord was looking forward to his next range of vehicles he ordered a car to be built that was twenty inches longer than the L-29. Originally, the car was to be fitted with a sixteen cylinder engine, but was replaced with another prototype twelve cylinder engine of the same displacement.
The E-1 was to go into production for the 1932 model year, but unfortunately it was not the right time economically to introduce a vehicle that was bigger than a long wheelbase Duesenberg. So the idea and the project were scrapped.
Only one example of the E-1 was produced. Power is from a 491 cubic-inch displacement V12 engine and rides on a wheelbase that measures 157 inches. It weighs in excess of 6000 pounds.
By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2010
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